Advanced Child-Centered Play Therapy Workshop

MO 22This special one-day advanced workshop is for those who have had previous training in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) and who desire to augment and solidify their knowledge and skills in the method. The purpose of the workshop is to provide strategies for dealing with problems frequently encountered in the practice of play therapy. Special emphasis will be placed on issues around limits, communicating with parents, and extended empathy. This will include advanced skill training through role-play demonstrations, supervised practice exercises, and opportunities for participants to discuss problems which they have encountered in the application of the method. The ratio of participants to workshop leader(s) will be kept small to ensure ample opportunity for individual questions and discussion.
Workshop Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should have acquired:
  • Increased awareness of the play therapy process
  • Advanced play therapy skills in empathic responding and role-play
  • Strategies to address common problems encountered in play therapy with children
  • A broader base of understanding of age, stage and individual differences among children in play therapy
  • Increased ability to address common parental concerns regarding the play therapy process
  • Strategies to help parents incorporate basic principles of play therapy in their relationships with their children at home
  • Stages and common themes in the play therapy process
  • Interpretation of atypical play themes
  • Handling common problems and special situations
  • Effective limit-setting
  • Creative participation in the child’s role-plays
  • Dealing with uncooperative parents
  • CCPT and sexual abuse
  • Working with special children and families, including foster care and adoptive applications
A two-day training workshop in Child-Centered Play Therapy (or its equivalent in course work) offered by IDEALS, NIRE, Penn State, Guerney, Nordling, North Texas State, Landreth, Andronico, Ginsburg, Lay, Levinger, Norton, Sywulak, VanFleet, or someone else who uses as a strict guide, writings by Axline, Moustakas, Ginott or by the people listed above. Otherwise, it is recommended that those interested in this workshop first take NIRE’s two-day Child-Centered Play Therapy Training Workshop.
CE Information and Supervision Credits
6 hours of CE credits are provided to psychologists, social workers, counselors, and play therapists. For further information, see Continuing Education Information.
Participants completing this workshop will earn 1.5 hours of supervisory credit toward NIRE’s Certification Program in Child-Centered Play Therapy.
In addition, for participants who present a case for supervision, NIRE will document 1 hour of individual supervision credit which can be used to meet the supervisory requirements for Registered Play Therapist status through the Association for Play Therapy.
Louise Guerney, Ph.D.
William Nordling, Ph.D.
Schedule, Cost and Registration Information
Current Professional Training Schedule
Cost of the Advanced Play Therapy Workshop is $150.
The workshop meets from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch is on your own.
To Register:
Via the website:
4400 East-West Highway #24
Bethesda, MD 20814
If you register by fax or mail, please include your name, address, home and work phone numbers, and the dates for which you are registering.
Payment may be made either by check or credit card. Registrations by fax must be accompanied by a credit card number.
If payment is made with a credit card number, please write your name exactly as it appears on the card, the expiration date and your signature. Please include the zip code associated with the credit card.
Additional Training Opportunities
Participants completing this workshop may also wish to attend NIRE’s:

Filial Family Therapy Workshop

You might also wish to consult:
Professional Resources for Play Therapists
Bibliography on Play Therapy
On-Site Training Opportunities
This and all other NIRE professional training workshops can be offered on-site and tailored to meet your organization’s or group’s distinctive needs. For more information on this potentially cost-saving alternative, please see

On-Site Training Workshops