Introduction to Play Therapy Fundamentals

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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.


• Describe the role of the play therapist
• Identify several  fundamental play therapy theories
• Assess ethical considerations related to the practice of play therapy
• Identify the stages of play and trajectory of play therapy
• Identify  a variety of play therapy techniques
• Analyze a variety of play therapy modalities (e.g:sandplay, art, puppet play, animal assisted interventions
• List the components of a rich and diverse play therapy room
• Describe how to set limits and handle the unexpected in the play therapy room


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: 10.0 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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