Child-Centered Documentation

Take your documentation to the next level

Child-Centered Documentation is a unique framework that allows Child-Centered Play Therapists to quantify symptoms for managed care requirements, while staying true to the theoretical underpinnings of Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) theory.   

Implementing the Child-Centered Documentation framework will:

Increase your 
understanding of progress observed in CCPT sessions 

Provide you the 
language to communicate to parents and other providers 

Allow you to make 
clear and meaningful 
treatment plans
and clinical documentation

Have you felt the conflict?

Psychotherapy continues to move towards an “outcome-focused” environment, making it difficult for play therapists to stay Child-Centered and trust the process. Child-Centered Play Therapists (CCPT) find themselves pressured to be outcome-focused and “do” more to “fix” the symptoms, even when it is counter to the CCPT theoretical orientation. The Child-Centered approach states, “when you focus on the symptom you lose sight of the child,” which is in direct conflict with symptom-focused goals often required by managed care and other providers (Landreth).

Child-Centered Documentation Training

Child-Centered Documentation: Treatment Planning and Assessing Progress is essential training for those practicing CCPT to learn a theoretical model and application for treatment planning that utilizes symptom-focused goals often externally required while honoring the theoretical foundations of CCPT. This framework allows participants to create meaningful treatment plans that help assist Child-Centered Play Therapists in assessing and understanding progress in each session and document progress in each clinical progress note.

What CCD Training Participants Are Saying...

Child-Centered Documentation Generator

Child-Centered Documentation Generator (CCD Generator) utilizes Google Forms, Google Docs, and Form Publisher add-on to help you create Child-Centered Play Therapy Treatment Plans and Progress Notes with ease.

  • CCD Generator is modeled after the Child-Centered Documentation framework, which provides a theory-based yet practical documentation solution for child-centered play therapists. Using CCD Generator will ensure that your documentation will be in line with your theoretical orientation as well as insurance requirements.
  • CCD Generator is also customizable to meet your unique needs (e.g., agency requirements).

About the Author

Rosie Newman, LMHC, RPT-S

Rosie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Rosie is the founder of Seattle Play Therapy, PLLC where she provides supervision to clinicians and therapy services to children and families. Rosie also is an adjunct faculty at Seattle University, providing play therapy course work to graduate students.

I developed the Child-Centered Documentation framework based on my experience practicing Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) in a variety of settings. I consistently felt uncomfortable about quantifying symptoms in treatment plans, as managed care requires, as it is not my theoretical orientation and how I practice.   

I could feel that something magical was happening in the playroom (and now in the Zoom-playroom) as children began to believe in themselves and move towards self-actualization, but I struggled to communicate to caregivers how and why this change was occurring and how it was related to the treatment plan.   

Something crucial was missing: A way to integrate the theoretical frame of CCPT theory with measuring progress towards symptom reduction.  

The simple answer is that internal growth leads to external change and symptom reduction, and a meaningful treatment plan should reflect both of these aspects of the therapy.  

Over the last few years, I shared this conceptualization of CCPT treatment planning and assessing progress with supervisees. The response has been increased confidence in conceptualizing progress and less stress in completing clinical documentation.  

Now, I decided to share this information – Child-Centered Documentation – with others. Perhaps, it will help you too! 

Playfully yours,

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