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Friday, August 19, 2022

A Time for Play: Basic Skills of Child-Centered Play Therapy

A therapist works with a young child on the floor
Friday, August 19, 2022
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Event Schedule

8:30-10:00 AM: Theory of Child-Centered Play Therapy

10:00-11:30 AM: Therapeutic Conditions of Growth

11:30-1:00 PM: Lunch break

1:00-2:30 PM: Child-Centered Skills

2:30-4:00 PM: Child-Centered Play Therapy Skills Practice

Wrap-up, Evaluation, and Post-Test

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Event Overview

Basic Skills of Child-Centered Play Therapy

This continuing education event teaches participants the basic theory  and skills of Child-Centered Play Therapy. Participants will learn about the be with attitude and the specific non-directive skills for tracking play behavior and facilitating relationship  building within a therapeutic playroom. Participants will observe demonstrations, engage in live practice, and receive coaching of the specific child-centered play therapy skills. Training will be live and in-person only.  Completion of a Post-Test and Evaluation are required for participants to earn APT Approved Play Therapy CE hours.. Download full course details.

Learning  Objectives  

At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to:    

  1. Recite the theoretical tenets of child-centered play therapy
  2. Discuss the history and origin of child centered play therapy
  3. Identify practice skills and interventions unique to child centered play therapy
  4. Describe how child centered play therapists access therapeutic powers of play
  5. Explain the use and application of tracking skills in administration of child-centered play therapy
  6. Assess when child centered play therapy is an effective intervention for a client
Primary Areas (Hours) of Focus Instruction:
  • Play Therapy History:  0
  • Play Therapy Seminal Theories: 3
  • Play Therapy Skills & Methods: 3
  • Play Therapy Special Topics: 0
  • Play Therapy Culture & Diversity: 0
  • TOTAL: 6
Terms & Conditions:
  • JFS reserves the right to cancel any of these training in the event of unforeseen circumstances. If such a cancellation occurs, JFS will attempt to notify registrants and offer an alternative training opportunity or refund all registration fees.
  • Registration refunds must be requested at least 48 hours prior to the class date and only 75% of the purchase price will be refunded.
  • Registration refunds will NOT be made to parties who register but do not attend or do not contact the organizer 24 hours in advance.
  • Participants requiring accommodations must submit a medical professional’s note specifying the required accommodations to PlayTherapyTraining@jfshouston.org a minimum of 7 days prior to any training for which they have registered.

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Credentialing Process:

For questions regarding the credentialing process please refer to the APT Credentialing Standards for the Registered Play Therapist by the Association for Play Therapy. Please check the website regularly for updates to the credentialing requirements and process.

It is the responsibility of the participant to review and follow the instructions and guidelines of Association for Play Therapy to apply for and attain all requirements for Registered Play Therapist credential. JFS is not responsible for completing the credentialing applications of participants and cannot guarantee that participant’s applications will be approved.

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Steven L. Parks, LCSW-S, MBA, RPT-S
Steven Parks
Steven L. Parks, LCSW-S, MBA, RPT-S
Steven L. Parks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Supervisor and serves the Graduate College of Social Work as a full-time lecturing faculty professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work.

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The JFS A Time for Play Therapy Training Series is a curriculum of interactive and introductory level Play Therapy specific continuing education events.
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