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This training has both a live webinar portion and a non-contact online portion. Please refer to the CE details for more information. See CE details tab for more info.


This class will explore and demonstrate how to bring cognitive behavioral concepts and techniques into play therapy with clients of all ages. Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy is generally viewed as a directive play therapy approach for older children, utilizing specific interventions to lead clients into learning more adaptive thoughts and behaviors. However, in this class students will learn how to utilize CBPT as a framework for both directive and NON-directive play therapy approaches with clients of all ages. Bringing CBPT to younger children necessitates being able to utilize non-directive CBPT, and the concepts and skills for doing this will be taught and demonstrated.


We will utilize Zoom as the live webinar video facilitator for class lecture & discussion, and participants will be invited into experiential teachings through Zoom as well.


Our education will be focused on empowering clinicians to learn the power of play and how it can be used to invite people of all ages into personal growth experiences. Utilizing research and information from leading theorists, we will build a strong foundation of play therapy concepts, fundamentals, and skills.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of this training, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe 5 reasons for the need to utilize cognitive therapy concepts in play therapy
  • Recite a play therapy definition about what it means for a child to think
  • Recite a new definition for how child-centered play therapy & cognitive behavioral play therapy can be understood
  • List 4 environmental/relational conditions to promote ‘good thinking’
  • List 3 cognitive categories present in a child’s play
  • Describe and practice how to reinforce cognitive skills and how to model cognitive strategies
  • Describe 4 quadrants of the play therapy dimensions model
  • Recite reasons for being non-directive in play therapy and evaluate criteria for becoming directive in play therapy
  • Describe why it is helpful to stay inside the metaphor of a child’s play, and assess opportunities for speaking outside the metaphor
  • List 7 tips for bringing awareness to cognitions
  • Describe how CBPT can be done solely from a NON-directive position
  • Recite a measure for assessing what age awareness can be brought to cognitions
  • Discuss the core concepts and structure of doing clinical cognitive therapy
  • Define collaborative empiricism and guided discovery, including how both happen inside play therapy sessions.
  • Describe and practice 30+ interventions for how play therapy is applied to anxiety, depression, and anger
  • Discuss the populations, cultures, developmental levels, and problems most appropriate for CBPT
  • Evaluate how CBPT fits into the participant’s therapeutic style and their ability to wield the required skill-set



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Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy

  • This class is worth 21 hours (12 live webinar hours and 9 non-contact hours through Moodle tests and reflections completed after the class.) 

    Please note that these hours can be applied towards obtaining the necessary 150 CE hours required for RPT credentialing from the Association for Play Therapy. This course is appropriate for all three phases of the educational training requirements, and is fully based in what the APT considers "seminal theory."

    Playmore and Prosper is an approved provider of Play Therapy Training. APT Approved Provider 17-504.

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