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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Thirteenth Annual Play Therapy Conference

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Department of Counseling and Student Personnel
"AutPlay Therapy: A Play Therapy Approach for Children with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders”

Play Therapy


AutPlay Therapy is a play and behavioral therapy for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Participants will learn about the AutPlay process including phases of treatment, theoretical underpinnings, and structured play based interventions designed to target skill deficits. Using AutPlay with children and adolescents across the spectrum of presentation from severe impairment to mild impairment will be discussed.


Participants will learn:

Play Therapy

  • Basic components of implementing AutPlay protocol with children and families.
  • Phases of treatment and assessment strategies related to AutPlay Therapy.
  • Theoretical underpinnings of AutPlay Therapy.
  • A variety of AutPlay interventions to use with children and families.
  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Centennial Student Union, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • $ 130.00 Early registration through Friday, September 1
  • $ 160.00 Registration after September 1

[PDF] Graduate Credit Registration Information (931 KiB)
This program has been approved by:
  • The CSP Department is an Approved Provider by:
    • Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider 09-245)
    • National Board for Certified Counselors (Approved Provider 4558)
  • This program has been approved by these state licensing boards:
    • Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (CE 2016-335)
    • Minnesota Board of Psychology (201712.97)
    • Minnesota Board of Social Work (CEP-678)

One semester hour of graduate credit can be earned through attendance at the conference and completion of an independent study project in play therapy applying the concepts presented to clinical practice. For more details and a copy of the syllabus, please contact Dr. John W. Seymour in the Department of Counseling and Student

  • 7:45 am Registration table opens
  • 8:30 am Conference begins
  • 12:00 pm Lunch break
  • 4:30 pm Conference concludes, CE certificates issued

Lunch and refreshments during breaks are included in the registration fee for this one-day workshop. Please make our meal selection when registering.


Dr. Robert Jason Grant is in private practice in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Grant developed AutPlay Therapy, a play therapy and behavioral therapy approach to working with children and parents affected by Autism and other developmental disabilities. It combines the therapeutic powers of play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches together in a collaborative model to assist children and adolescents in gaining needed skills and abilities. Dr. Grant founded and works at the AutPlay Therapy Center in Springfield, Missouri. He has presented the AutPlay approach across the country and internationally. His publications include AutPlay Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and Play Based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities.


Requests for cancellation must be made in writing to the Center for School-University Partnerships. Refunds will be given on requests received prior to September 11, less a $20 administrative fee per registrant. Registrants can transfer their registration to another person.


A list of affordable lodging convenient to the University is available from the Greater Mankato Chamber of Commerce by phone at 800-657-4733 or on their Web site at


The workshop will be held in the second floor of the Centennial Student Union on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

Mankato is in south central Minnesota at the intersection of U. S. Highway 169 (north/south) and U. S. Highway 14 (east/west), and is within a convenient driving distance of two interstate highways, I-35 (north/south) and I-90 (east-west).

Parking maps are available


Campus parking will be available in designated areas. Early registrants (registration and payment received by September 6) will receive a complimentary parking pass and maps to Minnesota State Mankato and Parking areas.

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This workshop is sponsored by the Academy for Child and Family Studies, Center for School-University Partnerships, and the College of Education. The Academy of Child and Family Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato is recognized by the Association for Play Therapy as an Approved Center for Play Therapy Education. Along with co-sponsoring an annual play therapy conference, the Academy offers ongoing play therapy graduate training through the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel, including CSP 654 Play Therapy, CSP 656 Advanced Play Therapy, clinical supervision, and the option of graduate credit for the annual play therapy conference.

Questions: If you have questions about the training or how to register, contact Continuing Education & Professional Development at 507-389-1094, or 1-800-311-3142, or