This 6 hour workshop will begin with an overview of the central nervous system, explaining the parts of the vagal system and how they are essential in emotional regulation based on the work by Deb Dana. By helping clients identify how they experience activation in each state, play therapists can help clients identify and move in and out of states with greater control. Time will be given for participants to create their own “personal profile map” in order to gain knowledge and experience so that they can use the technique with clients. It will also review the seven senses, as well as define sensory integration and the impact of dysregulation.  It will explain sensory play and talk about how to implement sensory play into one's play therapy practice. The importance of c0-regulation will be highlighted throughout the presentation as a necessary element in play therapy. Additionally a variety of therapeutic interventions using the theory and play will be demonstrated.


  • State the 3 different areas of the nervous symptom for polyvagal theory

  • Identify how to create a polyvagal profile map in play therapy.

  • Identify different polyvagal interventions to use in play therapy.

  • Define sensory play.

  • Identify materials that can be used in sensory play therapy.

  • Identify what populations to use sensory play therapy with, and understand what treatment issues will be addressed in utilizing these play therapy techniques.

  • Define co-regulation and identify it's importance in play therapy.



falls under APT's primary instruction area of "Play Therapy Skills & Methods"

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.