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The Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy offers workshops on a variety of play therapy topics.  These 2021 workshops are ALL ONLINE AND LIVE.  Sign up for one workshop ... or a whole series. Register for what works best for YOU.

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, these one-time, online events have been approved by APT for a total of 57 hrs CONTACT CE Hours (APT approved provider 15-407).

The training will follow APT's guidelines for current training conditions ... which means the workshop will be live and interactive, there will be no more than 40 participants, and each workshop will include a post-test for attendees that must be taken and passed to earn the contact hours within 2 weeks of the training.

If you are just starting to learn about play therapy it is recommended that you start at the beginning of the series, as some workshops build upon each other.  However it is not required to attend the workshops sequentially.


 All trainings are taught by Laura Hutchison, PsyD, LP, RPT/S 


all workshops are ONLINE, LIVE, and in Eastern Standard Time

for more details about each training, click on the title!

Register for

trainings individually

or as a bundle

(and save) 

Mini Boot Camp - $350 

Fall Fridays

Phase  One/Mornings - $400

Phase Two/Afternoons - $350


Mini Boot Camp AND 

Phase Two/Fall Friday Afternoons 

= $650

Mini Boot Camp & Fridays all day

(Phases One & Two) = $950

2 hour workshops  are $40,

3 hour workshops are $60


Mini Boot Camp  this August!

2 Days, 8 trainings, 18 contact training hours

(click on the course name for full description & learning objectives)


8/12/2021          9am-11am                  Virtual Play Rooms: TelePlay Therapy (2 contact hours)

8/12/2021         12pm-3pm                  Feelings Activities: Emotion Identification & Regulation in Play Therapy (3 contact hours)

8/12/2021         3:30Pm-6:30pm         Self-Concept: Helping Kids Learn about Themselves in Play Therapy (3 contact hours)

8/12/2021         7:00-9:00pm              Why Can’t we Be Friends?: Social Skills in Play Therapy (2 contact hours)


8/13/2021       9am-11am                   Helping kids with Angry Feelings through Play Therapy (2 contact hours)

8/13/2021       12pm-2pm                  Worry Wonders: Play Therapy Techniques to Tame Anxiety (2 contact hours)

8/13/2021       2:30-4:30pm              Chill Out!: Play Therapy Strategies to Cope with Big Feelings (2 contact hours)

8/13/2021       5:30pm-7:30pm         Confidence Corner: Helping Kids Raise their Self-Esteem (2 contact hours)

Fall Fridays  


Friday mornings will focus on Phase One Curriculum

9 weeks, 9 trainings, 20 contact training hours

(click on the course name for full description & learning objectives)

9/24/2021         10am-12pm               The Importance of Play & Foundations of Play Therapy (2 contact hours)

10/1/2021          9am-12pm                 Play Therapy Sample Platter: Overview of the Models (3 contact hours)

10/8/2021         10am-12pm                Play Therapy Experience: Connections to Childhood (2 contact hours, 1 non contact)

10/22/2021     10am-12pm              Setting Up a Play Therapy Room (2 contact hours)

10/29/2021    10am-12pm               Non-Directive Play Therapy Skills (2 contact hours)

11/5/2021       10am-12pm              Development & Identity in Play Therapy (2 contact hours)

11/19/2021     10am-12pm               Play Therapy & the Family, part one: Assessing & Working with Families (2 contact hours)

12/3/2021        9am-12pm                  Play Therapy & the Family, part two: Models& Interventions (3 contact hours)

12/10/2021       10am-12pm                CCPT 101 (2 contact hours)

Friday afternoons will focus on Phase Two Curriculum

7 weeks, 7 trainings, 18 contact training hours

9/24/2021        1pm-3pm                  Play Therapy Case Conceptualization & Common Diagnoses: What, When, & Why (2 contact hours)

10/1/2021         1pm-4pm                  Case Study Review: Looking through Different Play Therapy Lenses (3 contact hours)

10/8/2021         1pm-5pm                  Game On!: Creating & Using Games in Play Therapy (4 contact hours)

10/22/2021      1pm-4pm                   Using Polyvagal Theory in Play Therapy (3 contact hours)

10/29/2021      1pm-3pm                   Intro to Sandtray Play Therapy (2 contact hours)

11/5/2021         1pm-3pm                  Using Sensory Play in Play Therapy (2 contact hours)

11/19/2021       1pm-3pm                  Greatest Mistakes Play Therapists Make (2 contact hours)

Continuing Education for Play Therapy

The Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy is  approved by the Association for Play Therapy to sponsor continuing education specific to play therapy and  maintains responsibility for the program.  APT Approved Provider 15-407.  

Full attendance is  required.   Continuing education verification is handed out to participants following the training.   If you have questions regarding continuing education, learning objectives, agenda, grievance issues please contact Laura Hutchison at playdr@gmail.com.