Directive Play Therapy Activities: Where Structure Meets Creativity

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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


  • Describe 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
  • Demonstrate how to creatively use books and movies to facilitate the healing process
  • Discuss teletherapy techniques to utilize with children
  • Assess how and when to utilize different directive play therapy tools through the use of case-studies


Online via Learning Portal on Institute of Child Psychology website.


This training is aimed at introducing mental health professionals to the field of play therapy. Participants will explore the basic theoretical and ethical foundations of play therapy, and will gain practical skills and strategies to work with children in order to begin integrating this modality into their clinical practice.

This is a certified course through the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and the Institute of Child Psychology is an approved provider with APT; only registrants who are mental health professionals or graduate students in the mental health field should be taking this course.

APT Only accepts professionals in the field of mental health as eligible to continue with their certification towards becoming a play therapist. It is the participants responsibility to ensure they are eligible:


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


Handouts for your review, and an electronic certificate outlining APT non-contact hours will be granted after the training and the final quiz is successfully completed. Final quiz must have a minimum passing park of 75% in order to be considered a passing grade. 


Refunds are NOT permitted for this course. All purchases/courses are FINAL SALE. 


All workshops provided by the Institute of Child Psychology, along with all workshop materials, are strictly for educational purposes only and cannot be categorized as psychological or mental health services.

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Instructor Information

Tania Johnson, R.Psych., RPT

I am a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Play Therapist. I completed my undergraduate studies in South-Africa before engaging in a one year, full time internship in Chicago at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. In 2012, I received my Masters of Counselling from City University of Seattle. During my Master’s degree, I worked both on the front lines and as a counsellor with foster and adoptive families who faced a range of emotional, behavioural and cognitive challenges.