Introduction to Play Therapy

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Just a few quick things before you begin!

1. Go through the lessons in order; they are built on one another. All assignments and quizzes must be submitted and completed within the 60 day viewing timeframe.

2. Certificates of completion will be provided after successful completion of the quiz. According to APT’s standards, you must receive 75% or higher on your final quiz to receive a certificate

Association for Play Therapy: 10 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


Introduction to Play Therapy Fundamentals
INSTRUCTORS: Tammy Schamuhn, R. Psych RPT-S & Tania Johnson, R.Psych, RPT

Play is to the child what talk is to the adult. Play therapy is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, describing experiences, disclosing wishes, and self-fulfillment. Children express themselves and their needs, relive their past, and connect with others through play. The use of toys enables children to transfer anxieties, fears, fantasies, and guilt to objects rather than people. In the process, children are safe from their own feelings and reactions because play enables children to distance themselves from traumatic events and experiences.

Play therapy play is an evidence-based approach to help children with social or emotional deficits learn to communicate better, express underlying feelings they may be struggling with, change their behaviour, develop problem-solving skills, and relate to others in positive ways.

It is appropriate for children undergoing or witnessing stressful events in their lives, those struggling with academic and social problems, learning disabilities, behavioural disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, or anger; as well as those with attention deficit disorders, or who are on the autism spectrum.

Join Tammy Schamuhn as she guides participants through exploring the basic theoretical and ethical foundations of play therapy, and gain practical skills and strategies to work with children in order to begin integrating this modality into their clinical practice.

Explore the role of the play therapist
• Review several  fundamental play therapy theories
• Examine ethical considerations related to the practice of play therapy
• Identify the stages of play and trajectory of play therapy
• Explore  a variety of play therapy techniques
• Examine a variety of play therapy modalities (e.g., sand play, art, puppet play, animal assisted interventions)
• Describe the components of a rich and diverse play room to treat children

-The Institute of Child Psychology




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