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Cary M. Hamilton is Skilled & Engaging Presenter.

She has provided International & National speaking engagements & trainings to

Organizations, Non-Profits, & Universities.

If you are interested in Cary presenting contact her here.

“Cary’s dynamic presentation on Play Therapy to the annual meeting of Northwest Association of Youth Museums provided important tools museum staff can use with children and families in their everyday work in the museum setting and in educational programs.  Her energetic speaking style kept participants engaged throughout and her follow up materials were much appreciated.” 

-Anna Sayre, Director of Operations & Education Hands On Children’s Museum, Olympia, WA

"Cary's presentation on child development and the power of play was delightful and jam packed with information to take away. I learned more in three hours with Cary then other parent education programs all together."

-Tiffany, Parent in Olympia, WA

"This presentation on sensory systems and child development has been instrumental in applying my graduate learning to real world applications. Cary's ability to integrate brain science in a straightforward manner enables the learner to apply learned skills that DAY! I will be seeking further trainings from Cary out in the future."

-Shannon, Child Care Provider Portland, OR

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Past Trainings

March 23, 2019

"Sense"sational Play Therapy: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder and Neurodiversity

North Carolina Association for Play Therapy

Learn about the neurobiological impact and understanding of our sensory systems and neurodiversity in the play therapy room. 

June 05, 2019

"Sense"sational Play Therapy: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder and Neurodiversity

NW Center For Play Therapy

Learn about the neurobiological impact and understanding of our sensory systems and neurodiversity in the play therapy room. 

October 26, 2018

AutPlay Therapy Certification Training

A 2-day intensive

This is a 2-day intensive AutPlay® Certification training with Dr. Robert Grant, the creator of AutPlay® Therapy. Dr. Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Certified Autism Specialist.  Dr. Grant specializes in play therapy techniques with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Dr. Grant also specializes in working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Developmental Disabilities and is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an Autism treatment using play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. Dr. Grant operates the AutPlay Therapy Clinic in Springfield, MO. He has authored several publications and written four books on the subjects of play therapy, Autism, and ADHD including the bestselling AutPlay Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Grant conducts various presentations and workshops on topics such as play therapy and Autism. Dr. Grant has conducted trainings and workshops throughout the United States and internationally and has presented at various area and national conferences including the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and the Association for Play Therapy.


This training is appropriate for Mental Health Professionals, Play Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, and School Counselors. This is an in-person/contact training worth 16 CE Hrs. This training is also appropriate for Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Special Education Teachers, and other professionals in case management, education, and medical fields working with children and adolescents with autism disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. These professionals will receive a certification signifying completion of 16 training hours.

July 20, 2018

Learning the Power of Play: Directive Approaches

DIrective Play Therapy approaches

Learn when to use directive approaches in play therapy versus nondirective play therapy. 

Hosted by Atlantic Street Center

6 CEUs

APT Provider 3 12-334

April 28, 2018

Expressions in Sandtray

Advanced Sandtray training

An advanced Sandtray training going beyond the basics. This 4hour training will be highly experiential and focused on advanced skills of the Sandtray modality. Hosted by Olympia Therapy. 4 CEUS.

February 22, 2018

Play Therapy with Tweens, Teens, and Adults

Hosted by Navos Mental Health Solutions (sixth training in series of six)

Thursday Feb. 2 2nd  2018 ,  9 am to 4:30 pm 

 "Play Therapy for Tweens, Teens, & Adults"   Training limited to 40 participants

Where:  Revelle Hall,   Mental Health and Wellness Campus   1210 SW 136th St. Burien, WA. 98166

When: Thursday Feb. 22nd    from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Cost:    $100.00      Boxed Lunch is provided.                APT CEU’s  are provided.


How to Register:  Contact Victor Place directly with your intent to attend.

Payment for Training may be made at the time of the training.

Please pay via cash or check . Check made out to:  Navos  Child and Family

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January 19, 2018

Introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy

Hosted by Cascadia Training in Shoreline, WA

This course is for those wanting the theory and therapeutic processes of conducting evidenced based Child Centered Play Therapy to children. Children are the foundation to the world's future.  In every culture, children engage in different forms of play.  Through this seminar, you will learn the theories, strategies and applications of play therapy in clinical sessions.  Gain understanding of play therapy and neurobiology and its therapeutic impact on children. 


Mental health counselors, school counselors, childcare providers and graduate students can all benefit from this training.

This dynamic and interactive workshop is based upon up to date empirical and evidenced based data.  Participants will experience practical and recent examples of topics that are explored.  Samples of appropriate toys, handouts, books, etc., will be available for participants to view.

Course Objectives 

  • Learn the what's, why's and principles of play therapy

  • Explore the development theories within play therapy, including relevant and acceptable current play therapy models

  • Understand the neurobiological impact of play on children

  • Review the techniques and intricacies of play therapy

  • Apply play therapy techniques to children of all cultures

  • Understand the intricate nature of communication between the child and the therapist.

October 12, 2017

Come to your Senses we all have them: Play Therapy Applications for Sensory Processing Disorder

Updated Handout in Description field.

There are 3 pdfs a,b,c in each link. The file was so large I had to break it up.

APT 2017 Conference A pdf

B pdf

C pdf

September 16, 2017

The Healing Power of Sandtray Therapy

Hosted by Olympia Therapy, PLLC

Presenter: Cary McAdams Hamilton, MA.MFT, LMHC, CMHS, RPT-S, APT PROVIDER 12-334

Description: Sandtray is a way of nonverbal-expression that allows for healing and processing in a non-threatening environment. Participants will learn theoretical foundations, skills and techniques for sandtray therapy. Practical applications and how to use sandtray with a variety of populations will also be addressed. 

Learning Objectives:​

  • Participants will:

    • 1) Learn appropriate use and technique of sandtray therapy with a variety of populations

    • 2) Demonstrate the ability to create a sandtray case conceptualization and treatment plan 

    • 3) Be able to justify sandtray as a treatment modality 

    • 4) Utilize theory to recognize themes in sandtray treatment

This seminar provides excellent training for mental health counselors, school counselors, childcare providers, and graduate students.

Cary M. Hamilton, MA.MFT, LMHC, CMHS, RPT-S, teaches play therapy seminars, is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Play Therapy at Antioch University Play Therapy Center, as well as an Adjunct Professor for both undergraduate and graduate level courses at Brandman University. She is owner and supervisor of Olympia Therapy PLLC, a private group practice of seven practitioners located in Tumwater, Washington. 

  • Fee: $125 (cash, check, credit or debit card)

  • CEU’s: (6.0 contact hours) are available (APT Approved Provider #12-334)

July 20, 2017

Applying Play Therapy in the Family System: Learning the Techniques of Child-Parent Relationship Therapy

Hosted by Navos Mental Health Solutions (fourth of six trainings)

May 06, 2017

The Power of Sandtray

Hosted by Olympia Therapy, PLLC

April 20, 2017

Play Therapy in Healing Trauma (Advanced)

Hosted by Navos Mental Health Solutions (third of six trainings)

January 19, 2017

Neurobiologically Informed Play Therapy, Applications, and Assessments (Advanced

Hosted by Navos Mental Health Solutions (second training in series of six)

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