Training, Supervision, And Certification Programs
Child-Centered Play Therapy
For 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 predictably positive results.
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.
Child-Centered Play Therapy Workshop
Now offered as an Interactive Webinar
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, video demonstration and presenter roleplay with participants, and participant practice in dyads via the use of virtual “breakout” rooms.
Completion of this workshop is a prerequisite for application to NIRE’s:
- Certification Program in Child-Centered Play Therapy
For information, please visit Certification Programs in RE Therapy, CCPT and FFT
- 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 play therapy sessions
- Describe how to apply the 3-stage limit-setting process used with children in play therapy
- 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
13 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 through the Association for Play Therapy.
- William Nordling, Ph.D.
- Robert Scuka, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Schedule, Cost and Registration Information
Cost of the CCPT Workshop is $315.
Graduate Student rate is $195.
The workshop meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Lunch is on your own.
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.
Via the website: please click on the Registration Workshop link at the top of this page.
Additional Training Opportunities
Participants completing this workshop may also wish to attend NIRE’s: