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This introductory level presentation will define play and discuss the importance of play on child development, social skills, and emotional regulation.  From there it will outline what play therapy is and how to become a play therapist.  In addition, it will cover the history of play therapy.


  1. List at least 10 defining qualities of play.

  2. Describe the importance of play on child development, social skills, and emotional regulation; and how these are essential pieces in play therapy.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to explain play therapy to others.

  4. Identify the key people and theories in the history of play therapy.

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







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most workshops are $25/hr

2 hr = $50, 3 hr = $75, 6 hr = $150

But ... buy a BUNDLE of all ALL 16 trainings (8 Fridays), a total of 44  APT CONTACT INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS= $1000

* a $100 savings! *


January 13, 2023 10am-12pm EST


This 2023 workshop is IN PERSON at 26105 Orchard Lake Rd, Ste 106, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.  All trainings are taught by Laura Hutchison, PsyD, LP, RPT/S.  

(APT Approved Provider 15-407).

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.

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