Introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy
This training will provide practitioners with an introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy. Through didactic discussion and case study examples, participants will understand the rationale for therapeutic play, practice engaging with symbolism and metaphor in play, and be able to grasp the relational components and skills of child-centered play therapy and its healing properties.
Presenter: Rosie Newman, LMHC, RPT-S
Location: Seneca Family of Agencies
Session Date: Monday, September 18, 2023 @ 9:30am – 1:00pm PST (Convert Time Zone)
3 APT Contact Hours*
*These CE hours are applicable for the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential and other mental health credentials in WA. For other states, please consult your state-specific CE requirements. You must be present for all sessions and pass post-tests in order to receive continuing education credits.
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“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato
Play is more than a pastime. It is a formative and developmental process that children naturally engage in to help organize their world and to connect with others.
Many practitioners utilize play in their work with children. Since play is the natural language of children, it would be hard not to! Play Therapy can look different based on a therapist’s theoretical orientation and the individual needs of the child. One approach includes therapist-initiated interactive role-play games or structured board games designed for children to problem solve and process feelings. Differently, and the topic of discussion in this presentation, is Child-Centered Play Therapy in which the primary emphasis is on following the child’s lead.
Stemming from Carl Rogers, Person-Centered Philosophy, Child-Centered Play Therapy utilizes genuine and unconditional acceptance to allow the child to feel safe to express and externalize unmanageable content through play. When the child experiences true expressive freedom, in the presence of a safe and accepting adult, the child begins to feel self-acceptance and emotional insight to ultimately grow and change.
This presentation will provide practitioners with an introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy. Through didactic discussion and case study examples, participants will understand the rationale for therapeutic play, practice engaging with symbolism and metaphor in play, and be able to grasp the relational components of child-centered play therapy and its healing properties.
- Demonstrate understanding between directive and child-centered approaches to play therapy
- Describe the rationale for using play as a therapeutic medium and the theoretical underpinnings of CCPT
- List playroom materials
- Identify the difference between play behaviors and play themes
- Apply and practice Child-Centered Play Therapy skills, including setting therapeutic limits
Rosie Newman, LMHC, RPT-S is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist—Supervisor and founder of Seattle Play Therapy, PLLC. Rosie was branch president of the WA Association for Play Therapy in 2013. Between 2013-2019, she was the Clinical Director of the Seattle chapter of A Home Within, a national non-profit that provides free long-term psychotherapy to foster youth.
APT Approved Provider 18-545