New to play therapy? Wanting to earn your RPT? Or you have just started working with children? Or do you want to learn more to see if this is a treatment modality you want to pursue? Currently in a graduate program (or recently graduated) with no play therapy training included? For any or all of these issues- consider this program offered by TNAPT outlined below.
Getting Started in Play Therapy: Foundations & "Fun"damentals Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, RPT-S
This workshop is designed for the beginning mental health clinician or for those new to play therapy as well as clinicians seeking to earn the RPT (Registered Play therapist) credential. This training has been adapted for a small group setting to encourage interactive opportunities. It consists of two three-hour sessions that are done over two mornings for virtual trainings. The first session will begin with a review of the theoretical foundation of play therapy, as well as a brief history of how play therapy started. Participants will be introduced to some of the neurobiological benefits of play to assist as part of the foundational material. We will then identify the therapeutic powers of play and learn how those can be displayed in play therapy. The various levels of structure (from non-directive to directive) in play therapy approaches will be examined. The selection of toys in stages as well as meeting therapeutic criteria will then be explored including ways of setting up therapeutic play spaces, including travel play therapy.
In the second session, we will go deeper into play therapy by exploring themes and stages in play therapy. Issues of therapist presence in the session will be reviewed, often dependent upon the amount of structure needed, as well as how to document play therapy in progress notes. Ways to work with parents will also be included. Videos will be included in both sessions to illustrate teaching points. Play therapy activities that are easy to begin with will be included in the discussion as time allows.
This training will also include a review of the credentialing process (updated in 2020) by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) or School-Based Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT).
Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, RPT-S will be the presenter for this training. As one of the original co-founders of the Tennessee Association for Play Therapy (TNAPT) in 1993, she has since served as president. Jamie has been a provider of play therapy for thirty years and was the first Registered Play-Therapist-Supervisor in Tennessee. She presents trainings regionally, nationally and internationally. She has authored two chapters in play therapy books and is currently collaborating on a book on Nature-based Play and Expressive Therapies with four other play therapists. Jamie loves the creative aspects of play therapy for healing and often includes expressive arts, sandtray, puppetry and nature.
This training is sponsored by TNAPT who is an approved provider of continuing education by APT, no. 03-138. Upon successful completion of a post-test and evaluation, a certificate documenting 6.0 play therapy cont. ed. hours for attending both sessions will be provided. *Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 6.0 CONTACT CE Hours. Next Date: Thrs, Feb 25 and Fri, Feb 26, 2021 9:00 am - 12:15 pm Central Time Zone over Zoom.
Cost: $100- open to TNAPT members and non-members for the same low fee. $85 - for graduate students with I.D. or supervisor recommendation
This training can be brought to you virtually anywhere over Zoom. Please contact Jamie if you would like to schedule this training for your agency, practice, etc.
1. Explore foundational theoretical background regarding play therapy.
2. Compare and contrast various structures of play therapy, including benefits and limitations of both and how they can be part of a continuum of practice rather than diverse extremes.
3. Review Dr. Charles Schaefer's 20 Therapeutic Powers of Play and relate how these are presented in play therapy.
4. Indicate appropriate toy selection to set up a therapeutic play space including travel play therapy tote bags and how these toys are often used in play therapy.
5. Identify the Stages of Play Therapy and how to translate these to assist with parental expectations.
6. Cite at least two major themes in play therapy and translate these for progress note documentation. Want to register? Please contact Jamie Langley at firstname.lastname@example.org to complete registration. Invoices are then emailed for secure payment.
Help us spread the word for students or therapists who could benefit from this training! We can also bring this training to you via Zoom with as few as 6 participants.
GETTING STARTED IN SAND TRAY IN PLAY THERAPY! If interested, please email Jamie at above email. Next training date: TBA
Supervision is also an important piece to the credentialing process as a RPT. We have provided a list of TNAPT supervisors (RPT-S) on the RPT-S page.