2023 VSOF conference

The Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation (VSOF) is pleased to announce its next International Conference June 2-4, 2023. There will be three half-days of online presentations for global engagement.

VSOF Conference – Online

Each day of the conference will offer four online sessions

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST

Online presentations will be 50 minutes in length and include theoretical information, practical tips, and first-hand experiences pertaining to the Oaklander Model of psychotherapy for children and adolescents. Participants in all time zones around the world may attend presentations, and/or view recordings after the conference. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for California, VSOF certification hours, and Association for Play Therapy are available. Each presentation will be presented in English and translated concurrently into a set of languages which will be listed here soon.

Participants will have the opportunity to enhance and expand their knowledge, understanding, and skill regarding the Oaklander Model, and well as contribute to this bi-annual VSOF fund-raiser for the VSOF Scholarship Fund, thus helping people around the world get training in the Oaklander Model.

VSOF Conference Online Cost & Registration

VSOF Conference fees are $200 for professionals and $100 for students and those who need partial scholarships.


Announcing Registration Details for VSOF 2023 Conference “Special Event” near Santa Barbara, California

Online Conference Participants Welcome to Attend International In-person Special Events

The Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation (VSOF) will be hosting a variety of in-person international Special Events during its June 2-4, 2023 Conference in the following locations:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Mexico
  • Sri Lanka
  • UK
  • USA
    • Carpinteria, California
    • Portland, Oregon
    • Seattle, Washington

Each Special Event will offer a unique program designed by local VSOF hosts, and all offer an opportunity to experience the Oaklander Model with colleagues in person during the weekend of the online VSOF Conference.

For the California event, participants will meet at the lovely Carpinteria Women’s Club on Friday and Sunday after the online conference sessions, and at the BEACH on Saturday afternoon. Carpinteria is 20 miles south of the Santa Barbara airport, and 85 miles north of the Los Angeles airport (LAX). There is an airport shuttle from LAX to Carpinteria. (https://www.sbairbus.com/)

Our Schedule
Friday 2:00 – 3:00pm Welcome! and Check-in
Friday 3:00 – 5:00pm Workshop: Oaklander Model Research Findings: How the Oaklander Model Sparked a Global Community of Therapists in a Pandemic and Enriched Training and Treatment
Friday 5:30 – 7:00pm Welcome Dinner at the Carpinteria Women’s Club – 1059 Vallecito Road
Saturday 2:00 – 5:00pm Workshop: Sand Play Therapy at the BEACH
Saturday 6:30 – 8:00pm Dinner at local restaurant TBA
Sunday 1:15 – 2:30pm Wrap Up Luncheon and Closure at the Carpinteria Women’s Club

Workshop Leaders and Hosts
Karen Fried PsyD, VSOF Board President
Lynn Stadler MFT, VSOF Board Member

Cost $85
Includes Both Workshops and CEUs, Friday Welcome Dinner, and Sunday Wrap Up Luncheon
(* Does not include Saturday dinner)

Suggested Accommodations:

Holiday Inn Express – 5606 Carpinteria Avenue

VSOF has secured a discounted group rate:
$189.99 + tax for Thursday night
$239.99 + tax for a single king room per night on Friday & Saturday nights
$259.99 + tax for a double queen room per night on Friday & Saturday nights

A 2-night minimum stay is required for Saturday night.

Individual guests need to contact the hotel directly and guarantee their reservation no later than May 12, 2023.

For more information contact: lynnstadler@verizon.net