Directive Play Therapy Activities: Where Structure Meets Creativity

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Just a few quick things before you begin!

  1. Please take your lessons in order.
  2. Once you complete the course please continue to the final quiz. You are required to get a minimum of 75% to receive a passing grade.
  3. Please note if you receive a passing grade, you will automatically be granted a certificate of completion. This is certified course through the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and the Institute of Child Psychology is an approved provider with APT;  only applicants who are mental health professionals or graduate students in the mental health field should be taking this course.
  4. APT only accepts professionals in the field of mental health as eligible to continue with their certification towards becoming a play therapist. It is participant responsibility to ensure they are eligible:


Assignments the instructor references are NO LONGER REQUIRED for completion of this course; only the final exam is (75 % questions answered correctly required for a certificate).

Association for Play Therapy: 5.0 training hours (APT Provider #21-634)
APT recognizes this course as meeting the requirements for non-contact training hours towards* their national certification process to become a Registered Play Therapist


Directive Play Therapy Activities: Where Structure Meets Creativity    INSTRUCTOR: Tania Johnson, R.Psych., RPT

In this dynamic workshop participants will learn how to engage clients through the play therapy process while providing concrete structure and direction to help navigate the therapeutic journey.  Therapists will learn how bring in games, discussions, and structured activities that assist children in examining issues and making interpretations, with the purpose of helping the child process experiences and feelings that might have previously hidden from awareness.


  • Explore a play therapy model which will help participants to decided when to use structured vs. Non-structured activities
  • Identify themes in children’s play and learn how to practically apply this knowledge in the play room
  • Create a robust toolbox of structured activities to help children with a variety of emotional, social and behavioural issues
  • Discover how to creatively use books and movies to facilitate the healing process
  • Discuss tele therapy techniques to utilize with children
  • Illustrate and practice selecting and utilizing different tools through case-studies 

-The Institute of Child Psychology



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