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Level Up! Advanced Play Therapy Theories, Skills & Methods

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This course is intended to provide students with a critical analysis of advanced theoretical approaches to play therapy with an emphasis on the dimensions of the process, the counselor’s understanding of children’s behavior and his/her perceptions of self, of the client, and of the therapeutic play relationship.

Participants will build upon previously established skills through hands-on directives and experiential learning in order to develop a more selective understanding of advanced play therapy theory and methods. Additionally, participants will be able to identify a theoretical lens from which to practice and gain further knowledge of theory, skills and methods in play therapy.

Cary M. Hamilton is a LMHC-S, CMHS, RPT-S™, CDWF™ wife, and mother of two. She is Director of Play Therapy at Antioch University Seattle, Owner of a Group Practice Clinic, Olympia Therapy, and Past President of the Washington Association for Play Therapy 2022-23 and 2015-16. She is an author and international presenter on the topics of Play Therapy Theory, Skills & Methods, Supervision, Neurodiversity and Sensory Sensitivities and Play Therapy for the last 10 years. She has both the clinical and practical knowledge of the power of play therapy and neurodiversity through work and parenting children with neurodiversity for over 20 years. She provides parenting education around the world on her online platform Playful Wisdom. She believes a child's play is their life story of triumph and struggle, and curiosity drives them to discover, learn, and develop into their own unique beautiful self. The language of play is the heart of every human.



October 6, 2023


Online Zoom Training (MST Timezone)


8:45 - Check in/Sign in on Zoom
9:00 - Presentation Begins
10:30 - 15 Minute Break
12:00-1:00 1 Hour Break For Lunch
2:30 - 15 Minute Break
4:30 - Presentation Ends


$150 Early Bird Pricing

$175 Regular Pricing


$80 Student Pricing

*Pricing includes CE Certificate

Of Note

As this is an online training, it is required that you have your video on and are actively participating in order to earn the offered CEs. Please do not engage in other activities while in this training including driving, driving through for that coffee fix, or rearranging your closet - this training requires your attention and engagement. You will receive an email with the Zoom link and any handouts the day prior to the training.

This training will provide 6 CE Credits. ​A New Hope Therapy Center is an Approved Provider for the Association for Play Therapy (APT) - Approved Provider 20-631 and Maria Laquerre-Diego is an Approved Provider for the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board CCE020981

Training Objectives

  • Differentiate between the developmental stages of children and children’s play from identified theoretical lens.

  • Understand the impact of neurobiology on child development in play therapy.

  • Identify their personal theoretical model of play therapy.

  • Identify and differentiate the stages within the play therapy process from intake to termination from identified theoretical lens.

  • Identify the therapeutic powers of play in practice play therapy scenarios.

  • Analyze and apply issues of diversity and how they impact the play therapy process.

  • Develop a self of the therapist concept for mental wellness as a play therapist -Identify play therapy best practices including touch in play therapy, as outlined by the Association for Play Therapy.

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