Connections to Childhood


This hands-on workshop is for play therapists of all skill levels. It is an experiential to understand the magic of play therapy first-hand.  Through engaging in solitary and social play AS A PRE-REQUISITE REQUIRED ASSIGNMENT attendees will gain understand of their own feelings and beliefs about play.  During a process discussion at the end attendees will examine how the play experience brought up thoughts and emotions from their own childhood and how that may impact them when utilizing play therapy.

Must complete 30 minutes of solitary play, 60 minutes of social play, AND a write-up BEFORE the training date. Full assignment will be emailed to participants once registered. NO credit will be given if assignment is not complete.


  • Experience full engagement in play as it pertains to play therapy.

  • Identify what hinders your own play and how it will impact you as a therapist conducting play therapy.

  • Identify what facilitates your own play and how it will impact you as a therapist conducting play therapy.

  • Demonstrate increased awareness of your own thoughts and feelings, from the past and present, that surface through play and how it will impact you as therapist conducting play therapy.

  • Explain how play connects with your personality, temperament, thoughts. feelings and perceptions about yourself, and your style of engaging others as it pertains to play therapy.



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 


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.