rpt phase one curriculum 
If you want to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) here's where to start!!!

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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. The Phase Based Curriculum is only created to help you on your process for becoming an RPT ... but you can take the classes in ANY order!

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, these one-time, online events have been approved by APT for a total of 35 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.


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


MiPTTA RPT phase one curriculum


Live Trainings with MiPTTA

(for overview and learning objectives click on the title of each presentation)

The Importance Play & The Foundations of Play Therapy 

(2 contact hours towards history)


Play Therapy Sample Platter: An Overview of the Models 

(3 contact hours towards history or theory)


The Play Therapy Experience: phase one Connections to Childhood

(3 hours skills or special topics)

prereq - 30 min of solitary play, 60 min of social play, write up to be submitted before attending the training!!!


Setting up a Play Therapy Room

(2 contact hours skills)


Non-Directive Play Therapy Skills

(2 contact hours in skills)


Development & Play Therapy

(2 contact hours in Skills)

Play Therapy & the Family, part one: Assessing & Working with Families

(2 contact hours in skills)


Play Therapy & The Family, part two: Models & Interventions

(1 contact hour in theory, 2 hours in skills)


CCPT 101

(2 contact hours in theory)


21 total training hours

History = 2-5

Theory = 3-6 (*need 17-27 more in phase one)

Skills = 11


Non-Contact Reading

APT offers E-Learning opportunities. You will be responsible for obtaining a copy of the written material, as well as purchase the test from APT. After the suggested books listed below I’ve included the link for the test. To reach the number of instruction hours you *need for theory for phase one consider 17-27 hours from these suggestions:


By the end of phase one, you should make sure you know which theory base you’d like to center your play therapy educational hours on because you will need 25 of your 50 hours in theory to be one ONE seminal theory to obtain your RPT.


APT recognizes the following historically significant theories to the field of play therapy: 

1. Adlerian 

2. Child-Centered 

3. Cognitive-Behavioral

4. Developmental (Viola Brody)

5. Ecosystemic 

6. Filial – although not a theory, this approach is historically significant. 

7. Gestalt 

8. Jungian 

9. Object-Relations 

10. Theraplay – although not a theory, this approach is historically significant)


*PLEASE DEFER to APT for any questions regarding the process of becoming an RPT!*

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.