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Introduction to Play Therapy Fundamentals (December 10-11, 2022)

USD $314.99


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.

**In this LIVE Interactive training, participants will learn fundamental play therapy skills by practicing with small  virtual breakout groups**

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


Tammy Schamuhn, R. Psychologist, R. Play Therapist Supervisor, Co-Founder: Institute of Child Psychology. Tammy’s biography can be found here.

Online via Zoom; sessions will be recorded and available for 30 days after airing. Participants must attend the LIVE airing for credit hours, or the recorded version will be available for non-contact hours.

December 10-11, 2022 9:00am-5:00pm MST

This training is aimed at introducing mental health professionals (minimum level of education: Bachelor’s Degree) to the field of play therapy.

Upon registration our administration will contact you for proof of education/mental health license or enrolment in mental health program.

While a certificate of completion can be granted,  Play Therapy credit through the Association of Play Therapy may not be awarded to non-graduate level mental health professionals or graduate level students in the mental health field.

Association for Play Therapy: 13.0 training hours (APT Provider #21-634)
APT recognizes this course as meeting the requirements for live-webinar training hours towards* their national certification process to become a Registered Play Therapist (
For Application purposes: Of the 150 hours of required play therapy instruction, RPT™ applicants may submit up to 75 hours of ‘Live Webinars’ with their initial application. To meet the 150-hour requirement, APT accepts play therapy instruction from the following three categories: Contact Training, Non-Contact Training, and Live Webinars)


Handouts to review throughout the weekend. An electronic certificate outlining continuing education hours will be granted after the training and a final quiz is completed.

Withdrawals over 30 days before program start are permitted, yet subject to a $100 processing fee.

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.

Please contact our administration team if you require further details at




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