Advanced Child-Centered Play Therapy Workshop

Now Offered as a Live Interactive Webinar

This workshop meets APT’s definition of “Live Webinar.” This webinar therefore awards 6 Non-Contact APT CEU credits

Whether the 6 CE credits for this offering will be treated as contact or non-contact hours will be dependent on the respective state licensing boards for psychologists, social workers, counselors, or marriage and family therapists. Please contact your respective licensing board(s) to obtain a clear answer to this question.


This 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 will be able to:

  • Describe how to utilize the advanced play therapy skill of empathic responding
  • Describe how to utilize the advanced play therapy skill of facilitating a child’s role-plays
  • Describe effective strategies to address common problems encountered in play therapy
  • Describe how to utilize the different stages of play therapy to assess the child’s progress in play therapy
  • Describe how to respond to parental concerns regarding their child’s progress in play therapy

9:00   Participants to identify challenges encountered when using CCPT
9:30   Brief review of the basic CCPT model, including basic principles
            Importance of continued use of empathy throughout play sessions
            How to explain basics of CCPT to parents
10:15   Break
10:30  Review of CCPT Therapist skills
             Typical stages/themes of children observed in CCPT
             Five video clips from CCPT sessions
             Discussion of videos
Noon   Lunch
1:00    Structuring and effective limit setting
            Two video clips of limit setting
            Discussion of videos
            Principles of collaborative role playing
            Two video clips of role playing
            Discussion of videos
2:30    Break
2:45    Practice of Therapist Responses: Empathy, Questions, Commands and                Limit-Setting 
3:45    Working with parents and responding to parental concerns
             Wrap up and evaluations
4:30    End of webinar


Distribution of Hours to Meet RPT Credential through APT

  • Play Therapy Seminal or Historically Significant Theories – 1 hour
  • Play Therapy Skills and Methods – 5 hours

Continuing Education: Upon completion, participants receive 6 CE credits for completing this workshop.

  • IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education programs specific to play therapy.  APT Approved Provider 95-009.
  • IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  IDEALS maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
  • The National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® (NIRE) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5560. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NIRE is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education programs for social workers.
  • IDEALS/NIRE maintains responsibility for the program and adhering to the appropriate guidelines required by the respective organizations.

A two-day training workshop in Child-Centered Play Therapy (or its equivalent in course work) offered by IDEALS, NIRE, Penn State, Guerney, Nordling, Scuka, SUNY-Oswego, 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 Workshop.

CE Information and Supervision Credits
6 hours of CE credits are provided to psychologists, social workers, counselors, and play therapists.
For further information on CE credits, please see Continuing Education Information

Completion of this workshop counts toward the 150 hour requirement to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through the Association for Play Therapy under their category of “Live Webinar.” The maximum number of Live Webinar hours that can be applied to APT’s RPT status is 75 hours.

Participants completing this workshop will earn 2 hours of supervisory credit toward NIRE’s Certification Program in Child-Centered Play Therapy.


  • Rob Scuka, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Schedule, Cost and Registration Information
Cost of the Advanced Play Therapy Workshop is $160.
A discount of $25 is available for each person attending from the same site and registering together.
The workshop meets from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch is on your own.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refund (minus a $25 cancellation fee) is available up to one week prior to the beginning of the workshop.

Thereafter, no refund is permitted, but the money paid can be applied to a future workshop offering.

To Register:
Via the website: please click on the Registration Workshop link at the top of this page.
Phone: 301-680-8977
Fax: 240-491-5956

Additional Training Opportunities
Participants completing this workshop may also wish to attend NIRE’s:

Filial Family Therapy Workshop