This presentation is for beginning play therapists.  It will begin by looking at the importance of how the therapist views children and discuss how the therapeutic relationship is central to Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT).  The presentation will overview what materials/toys are needed in a CCPT room and how to set up a play room, as well as places you can obtain the items.  From there it will focus on learning the essential CCPT skills of structuring, empathic listening, imaginary play, limit setting, and faith & respect.


1. Define Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT).

2.  Explain how CCPT differs from other play therapy models.

3. Explain how one's views about children, and the therapeutic relationship, impact therapy.

4.  Identify what types of toys are needed in a CCPT room.

5.  Identify resources for acquisition of appropriate toys for the play room.

6.  Demonstrate the 5 essential CCPT skills (structuring, empathic listening, imaginary play, limit setting, and faith & respect).



falls under APT's primary instruction areas of  "Play Therapy Seminal or Historically Significant Theories" or "Play Therapy Skills or Methods"


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     



  • All cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. Participants will be given a credit towards a future training to be used within 2 years of the original training date (no cash refunds).

  • No shows or missed trainings will receive no refund or credit.  You may send another attendee in your place.

  • No partial CE credit is available.

  • All trainings are subject to sufficient registration.

  • Should the Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy need to cancel a training we will make every attempt to notify paid registrants in a timely manner.  All paid registrants will receive a full refund.

  • Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy only assumes liability for the registration portion of any training.  All other costs are the responsibility of the registrant.