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Play Therapy History and Games Training


Looking to become a Registered Play Therapist then this training is a must for you so you may complete the Play Therapy History requirement for The Association for Play Therapy.  This training offers an overview of all the Seminal Theories and Historically Significant Theories in one training.  Along with learning the theories, there will be hands-on interventions related to most theories for a deeper understanding of how to incorporate the theory while working with clients. The training will address the founders, the theories, what makes them unique, the strengths and limitations of each theory, the treatment approaches, and practical application.  Several art and play therapy interventions will be discussed.  This training includes PowerPoint, video clips, and experiential exercises.

  1. Learn about each of the Founders of play therapy and their significance/contribution to play therapy
  2. Explain what makes each theory unique and significant
  3. Describe the strengths and limitations of each theory
  4. Understand your role as a counselor regarding diagnosing, treatment approaches, and family  involvement
  5. Explain how to use a play therapy intervention for each theory


Are you looking for more interactive approaches for working with children and teens utilizing play therapy? This training focuses on therapeutic games that will assist in identifying coping skills that can be used to decrease the client’s frustration tolerance and increase the client’s self-regulation.  Different games can assist in challenging clients, which allows them to increase their muscle memory while lowering their frustration tolerance levels by using their coping skills in the moment and then transferring this experience to other situations.  Describe how to use a subjective unit distress scale (SUDS). Discuss how a significant historical approach in play therapy can guide your session.  These challenging interventions can also be used with clients to reduce their anxiety, OCD, depression, behavior challenged with working with adults and children.  This training meets the Play Therapy Skills and Methods criteria to become a Registered Play Therapist.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will discuss the effects of trauma on the brain and how it affects behaviors.

  • Participants will use a SUDS Rating scale and incorporate internal cues to reduce anxiety and frustration.

  • Participants will utilize a significantly historical play therapy approach as a foundation to implementing games in sessions.

  • Participants will discuss interactive play therapy interventions to assist in building muscle memory.

  • Participants will demonstrate how to incorporate play therapy games to increase client coping skills.

Who Should Attend:

Play Therapists, any mental health professionals, teachers, guidance counselors, parents, anyone who works with children and teens, and those who work with and/or live with children with special needs.

Skill Level:

This program is appropriate for professionals of beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.

CE Offered: 

Continuing education credit for this event is sponsored by Parsons Counseling, LLC. The program offers a total of 4.00 contact hours with full daily attendance required. The CE processing fee is included with registration for counseling and Play Therapy.

If you have any questions regarding continuing education, the program, grievance issues, or learning objectives, please contact the Training Institute Coordinator at 859-985-7862 or by emailing [email protected]

Work toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) by attending this conference. Go to for more information.

Parsons Counseling, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7101. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Parsons Counseling, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Parsons Counseling, LLC has been approved by APT as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, APT No. 17-496. Programs that do not qualify for APT credit are clearly identified. Parsons Counseling, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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Sep 30 2022 - Oct 01 2022


9:00 am - 4:30 pm






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