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History of Play Therapy

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This Beginner Level training is appropriate for therapists, social workers and counselors who are beginning their instructional phases of Play Therapy or need this requirement for credentialing. Join us as we learn the history of how children have been viewed and treated in our society, how Play Therapy was started, and how it continues to adapt to meet the needs of our clients and ever changing landscape of childhood.

A self-described geek, Maria Laquerre-Diego, LMFT, RPT-S is a CEO and Owner who is committed to increasing access to mental health services and breaking down the stigma surrounding therapy services. As a therapist turned CEO, Maria has developed a unique perspective when it comes to mental health and the barriers surrounding mental health treatment. Influenced by her time at New Mexico State University in the Family and Consumer Science department, and University of New Hampshire’s Marriage and Family Therapy department, Maria has turned her dedication to giving back and supporting future generations of therapists. In addition to supporting mental health providers, Maria takes an active role in addressing the continued stigma of mental health services through the use of pop culture – everything from movies and television shows to superheroes and Disney characters. Maria has spoken about mental health at several local events, has served as an officer on professional boards and has provided training to clinicians all over the country.



January 15, 2024


A New Hope Therapy Center

715 E Idaho Suite 2B

Las Cruces, NM 88001


9:15 - Check in
9:30 - Presentation Begins
10:30 - 15 Minute Break
12:00-1:00 1 Hour Break For Lunch
2:30 - 15 Minute Break
4:00 - Presentation Ends


$150 Professional Pricing

$80 Student Pricing

*Pricing includes CE Certificate

Of Note

This is an in-person training and will not be recorded.  Come dressed comfortably and bring your reusable cup for water, tea or coffee from our break room! You will receive an email with any handouts the day prior to the training.

This training will provide 5 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

  • Identify at least three figures that contributed to the field of play therapy.

  • Name the key person/people associated with the development of at least four play therapy approaches.

  • List the therapeutic powers of play.

  • Discuss the evolution of play therapy practices from early 1900s to present day.

  • Name three approaches to play therapy and at least two play therapy theoretical frameworks.

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