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

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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

(2 contact hours & 1 non contact skills in 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 Space

(2 contact hours in skills)

Creating Virtual Play Therapy Rooms

(2 contact hours in skills)


Non-Directive Play Therapy Skills

(3 contact hours in skills)

Working with Families in Play Therapy

(3 contact hours in skills)


Intro to Family Play Therapy Models

(2 contact hour in theory)


Intro to Adlerian Play Therapy

(3 contact hours in theory)

Intro to Sandtray Play Therapy

(2 contact hours in skills)

Development & Play Therapy

(2 contact hours in Skills)

Lifestyle Assessment (Adlerian Play Therapy Conceptualization)

(2 content hours in skills)

Family Assessment in Play Therapy

2 contact hours in skills

Sensory Systems, Polyvagal Theory, & Co-Regulation in Play Therapy

6 contact hours in skills


35 total training hours

History = 5

Theory = 5 (*need at least 15 more in phase one)

Skills = 22

Special Topics = 2


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 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     


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