Working with Trauma in the Play Therapy Room

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Working with Trauma in the Play Therapy Room


INSTRUCTOR: 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.


  • Explain 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
  • Compile play-based non-standardized trauma assessment approaches
  • Assess the stage of treatment in order to apply the most effective interventions.
  • Discuss the many roles of play and different types of play associated with trauma play in children and adolescents.


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: 12.0 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

Tammy Schamuhn, R.Psych., RPT-S

I am a Registered Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist. I also have a Bachelors of Education from the University of Alberta and practiced as an elementary teacher in Edmonton before going on to do my Masters degree in Psychology. I am also the founder and former Executive Director of Family Counselling Centres. I have been working in private practice for the past decade years in Alberta, primarily with children and their families. I offer clinical supervision to masters-level counselling students, and provisional psychologists.