Child-Centered Play Therapy Training Workshop

NIRE 153Individuals wishing to attend this workshop must first register through the link under Registration Forms.
The purpose of this two-day skills training workshop is to provide participants a comprehensive introduction to the Child-Centered Play Therapy Model and to teach participants the principles and techniques for conducting all aspects of Child-Centered Play Therapy with children, from intake through termination. The workshop emphasizes the building of participants’ therapeutic skills through a process that combines lecture, demonstration and supervised practice via participant role-plays and mock play sessions.
Completion of this workshop is a prerequisite for application to NIRE’s:

Certification Program in Child-Centered Play Therapy

Workshop Objectives:
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • List the 8 foundational principles underlying the Child-Centered Play Therapy Method
  • Describe the inclusionary and exclusionary criteria for utilizing Child-Centered Play Therapy
  • Identify the 4 stages of the Child-Centered Play Therapy process
  • Distinguish and apply the 5 types of empathic responses utilized in sessions
  • Apply the 3-stage limit-setting process used with children
  • History of play therapy
  • Rationale, methods and principles of Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)
  • Deciding for whom CCPT is appropriate
  • Logistics of sessions and selection of toys
  • Stages and common themes of the play therapy process
  • Structuring the play sessions
  • Therapist skills and responses
  • Children’s play styles
  • Use of role-play in play sessions
  • Handling common problems and special situations
  • Setting and enforcing limits
  • Termination issues
CE Information
13 hours of CE credits are provided to psychologists, social workers, counselors, and play therapists. For further information, see Continuing Education Information
William Nordling, Ph.D.
Robert Scuka, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Schedule, Cost and Registration Information
Current Professional Training Schedule
Cost of the CCPT Workshop is $295.
A discount of $25 is available for each person attending from the same site and registering together.
Please see the Professional Training Schedule for information on additional discounts.
The workshop meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Lunch is on your own.
To Register:
Via the website: Go to Registration Forms, or
3914 Kincaid Terrace
Kensington, MD 20895-1519
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. Also include the zip code associated with the credit card.
Additional Training Opportunities
Participants completing this workshop may also wish to attend NIRE’s:

Advanced Child-Centered Play Therapy Training Workshop
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 Workshops