Child-Centered Play Therapy

Training, Supervision, And Certification Programs
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Play Therapy
MO 20For over 17 years the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement has been providing training, supervision, and certification for mental health professionals in the Child-Centered Play Therapy Model. NIRE conducts basic and advanced skills training workshops in play therapy, as well as offering supervision and certification in this effective intervention with children. NIRE is fortunate to have on its staff Louise Guerney, Ph.D. and William Nordling, Ph.D., two of the nation’s foremost trainers in the area of Child-Centered Play Therapy.
The Child-Centered Play Therapy Model
Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is the method of play therapy developed by Virginia Axline, an associate of Carl Rogers. CCPT follows the principles of Client-Centered Therapy of creating a non-judgmental, emotionally supportive therapeutic atmosphere, but with clear boundaries that provide the child with psychological safety to permit the learning of emotional and behavioral self-regulation. Research has validated that this is a powerful method for decreasing a wide range of child problems, for overcoming traumatic experiences, for developing expressive freedom and creativity, and for building self-esteem and more mature, pro-social behaviors. CCPT is based on eight clear cut principles applied in a systematic way to equip the therapist with a method uniquely capable of handling the many challenges of playing therapeutically with children and achieving predictively positive results.
Skills Training Workshops
NIRE’s premier therapy training and certification programs in Child-Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy are described through the following buttons on the left:
Play Therapy Training Workshop
Advanced Play Therapy Training Workshop
Certification in Child-Centered Play Therapy
Professional Resources for Play Therapists
Information (through links) in other parts of our website that might provide additional information include:
On-site Training Opportunities
Professional Training Schedule
Continuing Education Information
Supervision and Certification Program