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British Association of Play Therapists

Conference 2022 – 8th & 9th July 2022

We are excited to host our 1st IN PERSON Conference for 3 years, in our 30th Birthday year, so come and celebrate 30 Years of BAPT with us!

Full Brochure click here –  BAPT Conference Brochure 2022

Seeking Therapeutic Re-connection: Exploring Diversity Through Sensory and Embodiment Practice.

Day 1: Friday 8th July 2022

From 12:00pm                  Registration
12:45pm                          Welcome: Chair of BAPT 

1:15pm – 2:15pm             Speaker: Sam Durrant BUSS
The presentation will introduce delegates to the BUSS Model, developed by Sarah Lloyd to be helpful when children have experienced developmental trauma. BUSS is concerned with what are called foundation sensorimotor systems, the systems that grow through lots of nurture, touch and movement in children’s early months and years. Where children have had a difficult start in life, the development of these systems has been disrupted. BUSS works with parents / carers and their children to rebuild these systems and help children to thrive using games and activities. As bodily regulation develops, so emotional and cognitive capability grow.

2.30pm – 3.30pm            Workshop 1: Delegates choose 1 from the following:
Workshop A  – Animal Assisted Play Therapy and Use of Touch: Tracie Faa-Thompson
Workshop B  – Using the Sensory Powers of Sand to tell their Story: Wendy Sawyer.
Workshop C – “It’s in our DNA” – working in nature for sensory and embodiment reconnection in play therapy: Ali Chown & Shuna Mercer.

3.30pm – 4.00pm            Refreshment Break  [Courtyard Lounge]

4.00pm – 5.00pm             Workshop 2: Delegates choose 1 from the following:
Workshop A  – Animal Assisted Play Therapy and Use of Touch: Tracie Faa-Thompson
Workshop B  – Using the Sensory Powers of Sand to tell their Story: Wendy Sawyer.
Workshop C – “It’s in our DNA” – working in nature for sensory and embodiment reconnection in play therapy: Ali Chown & Shuna Mercer.

5.30pm                              BAPT Annual General Meeting

7.45 for 8pm                     BAPT 30th Birthday celebration Dinner
BAPT Board Of Directors invite you to join us to celebrate BAPT’s 30th Birthday! – first 100 bookings will include dinner on us!

Day 2: Saturday 9th July

8.30am – 9.00am                Registration
9:00am – 9:05am                Welcome: Chair of BAPT

9.15am – 10.15am              Speaker: Heather Finn (online) – An introduction to Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMARTExploring Somatic Regulation with Trauma Impacted Youth), a bottom-up therapy for children and adolescents impacted by complex trauma.This workshop will provide a basic introduction to Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), through exploring the essential role that Somatic Regulation, movement, and fully embodied play have in supporting children, adolescents and their caregivers heal from experiences of chronic stress and adversity. 

10:15am – 10:30am               Q & A

10.30am – 11.00am          Refreshment Break  [Courtyard Lounge]

11.00am – 12.00pm          Speakers: Hend El Badawy & Sara Gawdat – Building Bridges: Tailoring our trusted skills to build rapport with culturally diverse clients.  The joy of being a play therapist lies in the relationships we build with our clients. In this workshop we aim to explore how we tailored the skills and resources that we developed in the UK to suit the wonderful diversity of our clients.

12:00 – 12:15pm                     Q & A

12.15pm – 1.15pm          Speaker: Thania Acaron (online) – Moving Respite Through the Senses:  The Body Hotel. – This interactive presentation investigates how embodied approaches facilitate reflexivity and engagement with somatosensory information, which are crucial to wellbeing and self-care. It will introduce dance movement psychotherapy and how sensory interventions have been integrated into an international employee wellbeing programme called The Body Hotel: Moving Respite. Come prepared to move!

1:15pm – 1:30pm                   Q & A

1.30pm – 2.30pm                 Lunch [Courtyard Restaurant] – included.

2.45pm – 3.45pm              Workshop 3: Delegates choose 1 from the following:
Workshop D – Play Therapists’ Response to the Climate Crisis: Claire Carbis
Workshop E  – The big black hole – An exploration of some of the benefits and barriers associated with using messy play in play therapy: Siobhan Prendiville
Workshop F –  The role Fairy Tales can play in helping children emotionally regulate: Jeanne Mclaughlin
Workshop G – The Play Therapist’s use of their Embodied Self: Sonia Murray

3.45pm – 4.15pm                 Refreshment Break  [Courtyard Lounge]

4.15pm –5.15pm               Workshop 4: Delegates choose 1 from the following:
Workshop D – Play Therapists’ Response to the Climate Crisis: Claire Carbis
Workshop E  – The big black hole – An exploration of some of the benefits and barriers associated with using messy play in play therapy: Siobhan Prendiville
Workshop F –  The role Fairy Tales can play in helping children emotionally regulate: Jeanne Mclaughlin
Workshop G – The Play Therapist’s use of their Embodied Self: Sonia Murray

We are also planning to offer some recorded Conference content for those who can’t join us in person

Full Conference Package (8th & 9th July – 4 speakers & 4 workshops)

  • Full Package (BAPT Member) – £250
  • Full Package (BAPT Student Member) – £165
  • Full Package (Non-Member) – £300

Friday ONLY Package (8th July – 1 speaker & 2 workshops)

  • Fri ONLY Package (BAPT Member) – £100
  • Fri ONLY Package (BAPT Student Member) – £75
  • Fri ONLY Package (Non-Member) – £140

Saturday ONLY Package (9th July – 3 speakers & 2 workshops)

  • Sat ONLY Package (BAPT Member) – £175
  • Sat ONLY Package (BAPT Student Member) – £110
  • Sat ONLY Package (Non-Member) – £210

Click the button below to complete the booking form – both days or an individual day.

Important Information

1) Accommodation is NOT included but can be booked via Conference Aston. Conference Aston Hotel – Guest Reservations or Booking.com : Hotels in Birmingham . Book your hotel now! There is a wide range of accommodation available in surrounding areas, should you not wish to book a room at the Conference Aston Hotel.

2) Car Parking at Conference Aston: This must be booked online, prior to arrival. Please visit www.conferenceaston.co.uk/carparking where you can book and pay for your space online. You will receive an email permit to display in your windscreen and an entry code for the car park. Please ensure you book this, prior to setting off, as we cannot guarantee availability at the venue car park, on the day. Electric vehicle charging points are available on Aston Street, outside the Hotel. 

Birmingham has a Clean Air Zone, so some cars will be charged for driving in certain areas of the city.  To find out the areas included, the fees and times they are valid, please visit – Introduction | A clean air zone for Birmingham | Birmingham City Council

To check if your car will incur a fee visit – Drive in a clean air zone – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

3) Please take time to read the Delegate info GuideConference Aston_Delegate Info Guide