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Child Centered Play Therapy
Theories and Applications

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Participants will learn the foundations of non-directive play therapy from a child-centered perspective. Using the theoretical foundations of child-centered play therapy, participants will learn how to intentionally select toys and materials for use in play therapy settings, how to "be" in the playroom as a therapist, and how to respond throughout all stages of therapy with children and their caregivers.

Jennifer Taylor is an LCSW-C and RPT-S with nearly 20 years experience in the field of social work. She is Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, an EMDR Approved Consultant, and a certified Journal to the Self Instructor. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis. Jennifer graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in 1999. She graduated from the Florida State University with a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2005. Jennifer is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and Florida. She has written three published chapters in play therapy books on topics like cooperative games, group play therapy supervision and nature-based family play therapy interventions.



February 16, 2024


Online Zoom Training (MST)


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

    List at least five basic principles of child centered play therapy theory.

    Analyze the toys and materials most appropriate for selection in a play therapy room using a child-centered theoretical orientation.

    Explain and practice using at least three child centered play therapy communication skills (tracking, returning responsibility, choice-giving, etc).

    Analyze and demonstrate understanding of the ACT limit setting model for managing challenging behaviors in the playroom from a child-centered play therapy approach.

    Compare and contrast child centered play therapy techniques with directive play therapy techniques in multiple case studies with individuals, siblings, groups and parents.

    Practice completing documentation of child centered play therapy cases during initial assessments, treatment planning and progress notes.


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