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Friday, August 6, 2021

JFS Play Therapy: A Time for Play - Season 3

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Friday, August 6, 2021
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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.

The 2021-2022 series of trainings teaches practitioners the nine foundational theories of Play Therapy and specific skills and interventions for effective and transformative Play Therapy.

Series participants 155 hours of Play Therapy Instruction in the primary areas of focus that are required to obtain the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.

The series is divided into 20 contact-hour ContinuingEducation events and 6 non-contact homework assignments over the Fall 2021 -Spring 2022 academic year.

The 2021-2022 series is designed to meet the Play Therapy instruction requirements for Play Therapy credentialing through the Association of Play Therapy.

Prior knowledge of Play Therapy is helpful but not necessary. These events are intended for licensed mental health professionals and hours apply towards maintenance of mental health license.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this series, students will be able to identify and apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the successful administration of Play

Therapy as demonstrated throughout the series through practice activities and large group discussion. Participants will gain an understanding of the therapeutic powers of play and how to access them with clients using skills and interventions derived from evidenced based theories of Play Therapy.

Participants will specifically be able to:

  1. Describe the major principals of utilizing Play Therapy as a treatment intervention
  2. Recite the significant history and development of Play Therapy
  3. Describe the seminal or historically significant theories of Play Therapy
  4. Explain the therapeutic value and powers of play
  5. Use basic Play Therapy skills, methods and interventions
  6. Assess clients through various Play Therapy specific theoretical lenses
  7. Identify ethical dilemmas that may arise in the practice of Play Therapy and identify strategies for navigating such ethical dilemmas
  8. Use research to advance the practice of Play Therapy with special populations

Primary Areas (Hours) of Focus Instruction:
  • Play Therapy History:  6
  • Play Therapy Theory: 63
  • Play Skills & Methods: 58
  • Special Topics: 28
  • TOTAL: 155 hours

Total Credit Hours:

  • Total Play Therapy Instruction CONTACT Hours: 125
  • Total Play Therapy Instruction Non-Contact Hours: 30
  • Total Play Therapy Instruction Credit Hours: 155


Season Pass - $2,250

Purchasing a Season Pass up-front grants participants admission to all 20 six-hour contact training classes AND eligibility to complete up to 6 homework assignments over the course of the series to earn an additional 30hours of non-contact continuing education hours.  Those that purchase the Season Pass will also receive a binder of all course content and become eligible for up to 2 make-up assignments in case of an excused absence. Season Passes to the entire must be purchased in full by August 5, 2021.

By Lesson - $125 each

All courses are available for purchase individually. Registration is open now!

Class Schedule: 

July 16, 2021: Introduction to Play Therapy (Optional half-day training, 1:00 - 4:00 PM; free to season pass holders; cost is $75)

August 6, 2021: History & Ethical Practice of Play Therapy

August 20, 2021: Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) - Part I

September 3, 2021: Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) - Part 2

September 17, 2021: Play Therapy Practice, Treatment Planning & Documentation

October 15, 2021: Adlerian Play Therapy (AdPT)

October 29, 2021: Psychodynamic Play Therapy & Child Neuropsychology

November 12, 2021: Gestalt Play Therapy

December 3, 2021: Jungaian Play Therapy (JAPT) & SANDTRAY!

December 17, 2021: Theraplay

January 14, 2022: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) - Part 1

January 28, 2022: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) - Part 2

February 11, 2022: Filial Play Therapy & Family Play Therapy

February 25, 2022: Group Play Therapy

March 11, 2022: Emerging Theories of Play Therapy: EMDR & AutPlay

Terms & Conditions:
  • Season Passes to the entire training series must be purchased in full by August 5, 2021.
  • Only participants that purchase a Season Pass will be eligible to complete the following 6 homework assignments and submit them by the due date to receive Continuing Education Credit Hours.
  • Homework Assignments must be completed by due date to receive these credit hours and no late assignments will be accepted. Participants that fail to submit assignments on or before the due date forfeit the opportunity to earn these credit hours.
  • Participants that purchase a Season Pass are eligible for up to two make-up assignments in the event of a class absence. Each make-up assignment is worth 8 non-contact continuing education credit hours. Make-up assignments are available only to participants that have purchased the Season Pass.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

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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