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 Course Descriptions

Therapeutic Counseling for Children, Adults and Families!

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Infrastructure of Play Therapy 

(February 11-12, 2022) 

12 CE hours

Are you ready to begin your journey into the world of play therapy? Join fellow play enthusiasts as we explore the beginning of play therapy with Freud and trek into the 21st century. In addition to history and the development of play therapy theories, topics will include stages of play, setting up an inclusive playroom, selecting and arranging materials, overview of play therapy theories, basic play therapy skills, the therapeutic powers of play, and communicating with others about the importance and power of play. This course is interactive and structured to be inclusive of different learning styles.

1. Participants will identify materials needed to set up a play therapy room or assemble a portable play therapy kit.

2. Participants will identify the differences between directive & non-directive play therapy.

3. Participants will describe how a client’s cultural identity & history can impact their play behaviors.

4. Participants will demonstrate an ability to perform basic play therapy facilitation skills including, but not limited to tracking, restatement of content, and reflection of feelings.

5. Participants will identify the stages of play and how this information is integrated in providing play therapy.

6. Participants will develop information to provide education to families regarding play therapy.

7. Participants will practice explaining play therapy to families, both adults and children.

8. Identify at least 3 ways to educate others about the importance and impact of play therapy.

9. Participants will identify how to set limits in the playroom.

10. Participants will describe the importance of the therapeutic relationship.

11. Participants will describe the process and importance of termination in play therapy.


Suggested Reading:

• Kottman, T. (2011). Play therapy basics and beyond. 2nd ed. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

• Landreth, G.L. (2012). Play therapy: the art of the relationship. 3rd Ed. New York, NY: Routledge.

Theories of Play Therapy 

(April 8-9, 2022)

12 CE hours

Theories, theories, and more theories! Where does your philosophy of treatment land with theories of play therapy? Visit the ten seminal theories to find out how each was developed and participate in activities that represent each theory. Included will be Adlerian, Child-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, Developmental, Ecosystemic, Filial, Gestalt, Jungian, Object-Relations, and Theraplay. We will also take a look at Synergetic Play Therapy. This course is interactive and structured to be inclusive of different learning styles.

1. Participants will identify at least 3 different theories of play therapy.

2. Participants will identify the theory of play therapy that best fits their overall philosophy.

3. Participants will identify at least 3 theorists in play therapy.

4. Participants will Identify what method of play therapy may be most effective for trauma &/or attachment work.

5. Participants will identify at least 3 reliable resources to use for locating reliable and accurate play therapy research.

6. Participants will define prescriptive play therapy.

7. Participants will identify and discuss themes present in children’s play in play therapy.

8. Participants will describe a child that may not be appropriate for play therapy.

9. Participants will identify how to involve families in at least 3 play therapy theories.

10. Participants will identify effective ways to provide self-care & prevent burnout.

11. Participants will identify at least 5 approaches to coping with work stressors to avoid burnout for play therapists.


Suggested Reading:

• Brody, V. (1997). The dialogue of touch: Developmental play therapy. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc.

• Crenshaw, D.A., & Stewart, A.L. Editors. (2015). Play therapy: A comprehensive guide to theory & practice. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

• Norton, C.C. & Norton, B.E. (2002). Reaching children through play therapy: An experiential approach, 2nd ed. Denver, CO: White Apple Press. 

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