Working with Trauma in the Play Therapy Room

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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: 12.0 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


Working with Trauma in the Play Therapy Room
INSTRUCTORS: Tammy Schamuhn, R. Psych RPT-S & Morgan Bissegger, R.Psych., RPT

Trauma is one of the most common reasons children are referred to counselling, and one of the areas where clinicians are the least versed in appropriate interventions.  This workshop will define the various types of trauma, while providing an overview of trauma symptoms, including traumatic play. Clinicians will learn about the central role of evaluating the symptoms of trauma experienced by preschool, school-aged, and adolescents using a variety of play-based measures. Clinicians will also explore developmentally appropriate treatments and interventions Attendees will also learn how to implement a variety of developmentally appropriate strategies and interventions  for children and teens, that incorporate both directive and non-directive play therapy processes.


  • Explore the impact of trauma on he neurological development of children and how it impacts the attachment system
  • Describe characteristics of trauma reactions and symptoms across the developmental life span
  • Incorporate play-based non-standardized trauma assessment approaches
  • Determine the stage of treatment in order to apply the most effective interventions.
  • Distinguish the many roles of play and different types of play associated with trauma play in children and adolescents.

-The Institute of Child Psychology



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