Trainings and Presentations

Parenting and Play Therapy Trainings and Presentations

We provide training and presentations related to play therapy and parenting educational programs for the community, and virtually. Please reach out to us to inquire about your specific needs. The following pages will show an overview of training 

Training Topics and Hours

Introduction to Child Centered Play Therapy

6-12 hours Course Options 

Understanding the Meaning of Children’s  Play

3-6 hours 

Course Options 


Child Centered Documentation: Treatment Plans and Assessing Progress

9 hours

Have you felt the conflict?

Psychotherapy tends to prioritize 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 “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, 2015).

Child-Centered Documentation Training

Child-Centered Documentation: Treatment Planning and Assessing Progress provides a theoretically informed framework 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 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...

Training Description

This training is both theoretical and practical and will include a toolkit of documentation resources that will help you build Child-Centered Documentation Treatment Plans and Progress Notes.

The Child Centered Documentation framework trainings is separated into three parts, [session 1] treatment planning and case conceptualization, [session 2] assessing progress, and [session 3] progress notes. The trainings will give an overview of CCPT theory, it is not the focus. As such, the training assumes a basic understanding of CCPT theory and practice. Participants will be invited to engage with peers in breakout rooms to apply the principles to enhance learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key ethical and legal aspects of documentation for play therapists
  • Describe how change occurs is Child-Centered Play Therapy, based on the Person-Centered philosophy
  • Describe inherent theoretical challenges of creating symptom-focused goals when using CCPT 
  • Demonstrate an ability to create symptom-focused goals for CCPT 
  • Demonstrate an ability to create growth objectives for CCPT
  • Apply principles of the Child-Centered Documentation framework to clinical examples by creating a Child-Centered Treatment Plan
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between symptom objectives and growth objectives
  • Identify at least 3 common themes in play therapy 
  • Identify the stages of play therapy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of assessing progress towards internal growth and integration in play therapy by being able to name at least one example
  • Demonstrate an ability to translate progress examples from play therapy to parents in a way that speaks to growth while maintaining confidentiality
  • Identify the key components of a play therapy progress note as emphasized by APT Best Practices
  • Analyze progress notes to identify descriptive language versus interpretive language in a play therapy progress note  
  • Demonstrate ability to synthesize play and changes in play into language for a play therapy progress note.  


What's included in the Toolkit?

Access to which of these resources depends on which session of the three sessions you attend

  • Access to Case Conceptualization Templates that help you organize client information
  • Extensive Objectives & Interventions Example List that are ready to be incorporated into your treatment plan
  • Editable Treatment Plan Template and Progress Note Template based on the Child-Centered Documentation framework
  • A 14-day trial of CCD Treatment Plan Generator* and CCD Progress Note Generator* that you can use to practice implementing the CCD framework.  (*This trial version is for training purposes and therefore not HIPAA-compliant. Please note that CCD Generators are not required to learn or implement the CCD framework.)

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 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,

APT Approved Provider 18-545

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