Tye Dye

Tye Dye 2019

Fourth Annual Tye Dye Play Therapy Study Group

October 25 - 27, 2019

George Town Inn, Canmore Alberta

Tye-Dye is held yearly and delves into important topics related to Play Therapy. Those trained in any number of theoretical approaches to play therapy are welcome as the program is based on an integrative play therapy approach, and the Play Therapy Dimensions Model, to conceptualizing play therapy practice and decision-making.

The featured topic for 2019 is - to be announced.

Review of Tye Dye: 1st International Play Therapy Study Group in Canada - November 2016

This was the 1st Annual Tye Dye International Play Therapy Study Group held at the George Town Inn in Canmore Alberta. This annual event is meant to bring play therapists together from around the world to study and play together. The purpose is so that we can deepen our understanding of the many types of play therapy and the substantive issues that overlay on the ways in which we work with children and youth. It is our hope at Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute that we could encourage people to contribute back to the literature so there may be publishing opportunities that come from attending the Study Group.

Tye Dye… why the name?

This unique name was suggested by a former Green and Red Stream participant, Bruce Beaudet. The logical connection of the name Tye Dye to RMPTI is to do with the fact that once you finish Green, Red, Yellow and Blue Stream programs… what do you have? Tye Dye! Having a study group in Canada was always a dream for Ken and I, but when we had a group of very dedicated students after Red Stream a year ago who said “What next? We don’t want to leave or stop growing”, we thought, ok, it is time for the Study Group and then … Tye Dye was born!

The Tye Dye study group follows a special format. It is not a series of workshops that people wander in and out of. It is peers presenting to peers and focusses on sharing of interventions, special issues, case examples and theory. It is a time to get together and to discuss topics and create new ideas. It is a time to stay together and to engage in games and fun in the evening.

For our first year, there were 4 presentations provided by Ken and Lorri, Irene Barrett, Cassandra White, Adrianna Sorbo and a special presentation by Shari Roth on Children and Yoga Practice. There were 13 of us in all for the first year and this smaller group was a wonderful experience. People came from Whitehorse, St. John NB, New Jersey, Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton to name a few. We hope to continue to draw people from around the globe.

We ended the first Annual Tye Dye with an invitation to the group to join in our new book that will be related to Turning Points in Play Therapy and the Development of Self. The group will divide into 2 and write about “what gets in the way” of turning point during the process of play therapy.


Special workshop presentation: Partnering with Families

Special Workshop: Adlerian Play Therapy – Strengthening partnerships & vitalizing relationships with Dr. Terry Kottman

Terry presented a 2-day (pre-study Tye Dye Group) workshop, “Adlerian Play Therapy: Partners in Play,” on November 2nd-to-3rd (in Calgary).  Tye Dye study group participants received a 15% discount for attending the 2-day workshop. Terry also presented a special topic workshop presentation at Tye Dye on “partnering with families.”


The featured topic for 2018 was - Exploring Creativity in the Play Therapy Process.

Prior to the Study Group RMPTI hosted a 3-day Supervision Training  and  a special half-day workshop on Expanding your creative skills – psychodrama and play therapy.