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**NOTE: This class will be offered live online via Zoom. This workshop meets APT's definition of 'Live Webinar,' and is worth 6 Live Webinar CE hours.


This class will introduce participants to the methods and techniques of using Play Therapy as a vehicle for helping kids become 'good thinkers'. This is a combination of previous play therapy classes on non-directive cognitive behavioral play therapy, play therapy for positive self-coping statements, and play therapy for problem solving. Kids do not think about anything the same way adults do. This is why we use play therapy with kids! Play therapy allows the therapist to meet the child in the manner they explore for understanding – physically!


This class will demonstrate how a play therapist can:

  1. promote good cognitive building blocks from a non-directive position.
  2. name, notice, and reinforce positive self-talk inside of children’s play.
  3. name, notice, and reinforce good problem solving strategies inside of children's play


A child can learn to name their cognitions the same way they learn to name their feelings – someone connects their actions to words for them!


The good thinking series on play therapy is meant to give therapists new tools and expand their repertoire of techniques for promoting helpful self-talk and the ability to create solutions. Therapy with kids and adolescents is different, and it requires learning new arenas and languages to facilitate growth and healing. These classes are built on sound therapeutic theory and will focus on the application of specific play therapy tools through demonstration and interaction.


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

  • List 3 cognitive categories present in a child’s play
  • Describe and practice reinforcing cognitive skills, and modeling cognitive strategies
  • Recite reasons for being non-directive in play therapy, and evaluate criteria for becoming directive in play therapy.
  • List 7 tips for bringing awareness to cognitions present in childrens play
  • Create a play therapy metaphor to explain & demonstrate helpful self-talk
  • Create 5 play therapy invitations for the “logical protector” to join the session
  • Describe and practice play therapy methods for building positive self-coping statements from 12 helpful thinking categories
  • Define five stages of problem solving and ten problem solving elements in order to reinforce and promote their presence inside of play therapy sessions
  • Define four elements of critical thinking and be able to bring attention to their presence inside a child’s play therapy session
  • Notice and name effective problem solving strategies and critical thinking inside a child’s play therapy session
  • Explain how to make use of metaphor to promote generalizing problem solving elements to more life situations
  • List 3 play therapy methods for inviting opportunity for children to practice good problem solving


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Play Therapy for Good Thinking

  • This workshop meets APT's definition of 'Live Webinar,' and is worth 6 live webinar CE hours.

    These hours can be applied towards obtaining the necessary 150 CE hours required for RPT credentialing from the Association for Play Therapy. This class will be offered live online via Zoom. This course is founded in Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, which is considered “seminal theory” by the APT, and appropriate to take during all three phases of training required for obtaining the RPT credential.

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

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