CCGPT: Child-Centered Group Play Therapy

April 19 & 20, 2024 - Denton, Texas

Participants must have completed CCPT 101 in order to register.

Registration opens January 22 at 9:00am CT
Registration closes April 4 at 4:00pm CT or when full capacity is reached

REGISTER HERE beginning January 22 at 9am

You will receive a confirmation of your purchase automatically.
You will then receive an email from CPT two weeks before the training with directions on how to access the live training during the scheduled time. 

Child-centered group play therapy (CCGPT) is a developmentally appropriate modality for children experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral issues. CCGPT integrates child-centered play therapy (CCPT) and group therapy, which increases the complexity of its implementation and therefore requires advanced knowledge of play therapists. In the process of CCGPT, children have the opportunity to develop relationship with the play therapist and relationships with other group members. These therapeutic experiences release each child’s potential toward growth and positive changes. This workshop will address the philosophies, implementation, considerations, and skills important for facilitating effective CCGPT process.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to describe the theoretical philosophies and principles of CCGPT.
2. Participants will be able to describe the process of CCGPT.
3. Participants will be able to describe special considerations in CCGPT.
4. Participants will be able to discuss three considerations for CCGPT group composition.
5. Participants will be able to identify verbal skills distinctive in conducting CCGPT.
6. Participants will be able to identify nonverbal skills important in conducting CCGPT.

Meet the Speakers

Dee Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, Certified CCPT-S, Certified CPRT-S  is Regents Professor and Elaine Millikan Mathes Professor in Early Childhood Education in the Counseling Program and Co-Director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas.  Dr. Ray has published over 150 articles, chapters, and books in the field of play therapy, specializing in research specifically examining the process and effects of Child Centered Play Therapy.  Dr. Ray is author of A Therapist’s Guide to Development: The Extraordinarily Normal Years, Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice, Child Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manual, and co-author of Multicultural Play Therapy, Group Play Therapy, and Child Centered Play Therapy Research. Most recently, Dr. Ray published her book on education, Playful Education: Using Play Therapy Strategies to Elevate Your Classroom which focuses on the significance of teacher-child relationships in the language of play.  She is a founding board member and past president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, as well as current board member of the Association for Play Therapy. She is founding editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, American Counseling Association Fellow, and recipient of the American Counseling Association Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award, Association for Humanistic Counseling Educator Award, Association for Play Therapy Outstanding Research Award, Top 25 Women Professors in Texas Award, and many others. Dr. Ray supervises counseling services to community clients at her university clinic and leads a school outreach program providing play therapy to hundreds of children each year. Dr. Ray also co-created and oversees the international certification program for Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy.  Dr. Ray additionally operates the counseling practice, EmpathyWell, in Highland Village, TX where she facilitates play therapy, training, and supervision.

Yi-Ju Cheng, Ph.D., LPC (TX/NJ), NCC, RPT, Certified CCPT-S/T, Certified CPRT-S/T is an associate professor at Rider University. Her clinical and research interests center on play therapy and multicultural issues in counseling. She is a trainer for the international certification program for Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy. 


Friday, April 19 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CT
Saturday, April 20 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CT

Morning break: 10:30 - 10:45 AM
Lunch break: 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
Afternoon break: 2:30 - 2:45 PM

Training Fees

This full, 2-day online training is only $320 per participant. This small fee gets you two full days of in-depth CCGPT training, 12 non-contact CE hours, and one step closer to CCGPT certification

CE Contact Hours

Completion of CCGPT fulfills all CCGPT educational requirements towards certification. 

Additionally, you will receive 12 total non-contact CE hours. For the purpose of Criteria Verification Forms for RPT Credentialing Applications, this training covers:
9 Seminal or Historically Significant Theories
3 Skills & Methods

The UNT Center for Play Therapy offers Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) training according to the evidence-based model recognized by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare and Results First Clearinghouse. Training in the evidence-based model of CCPT requires following approved treatment protocols. The UNT Center for Play Therapy advises therapists to consider where they seek CCPT training as some trainings do not teach according to the evidence-based model. For more information on the recognized protocols and training, search Child-Centered Play Therapy at CEBC or PEW. 

We are an approved provider for Association of Play Therapy (APT provider 95-004), National Board Certified Counselors (Provider #3016), Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (In accordance to Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 30, Rule 681.142), Texas Licensed Social Worker (provider #6720), and Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (In accordance to Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 35, Rule 801.264). 

Attainment of all levels of CCPT, CCGPT, and CPRT-Level 2 and Level 3 Certification require mental health licenses. Individuals who do not have mental health licenses or are not currently pursuing mental health licensure are eligible to complete CCPT 101 and CPRT 101. Individuals who do not have mental health licenses are eligible to attain certification as a Level 1- Certified CPRT Associate/Parent Educator. Play therapy CE credit is only eligible for mental health professionals or full-time graduate students in the mental health field. 

The Center for Play Therapy offers international CCPT, CCPT-S, CCGPT, CCGPT-S, CPRT, and CPRT-S certifications for mental health professionals working in other countries. The Center for Play therapy ensures that internationally certified CCPT, CCGPT, and CPRT therapists and supervisors are knowledgeable and experienced in CCPT, CCGPT, and CPRT, respectively; however, we do not ensure that international therapists are licensed in their field of study. The designation for international certification is Certified I-CCPT, Certified I-CCPT-S, Certified, I-CCGPT, Certified CCGPT-S, Certified I-CPRT, and Certified I-CPRT-S.


Registration cancellation refund requests should be submitted to CPT in writing. The registration fee, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be refunded only if the request is postmarked by April 13, 2023. CPT reserves the right to cancel this conference in the event of unforeseen circumstances. If such occurs, CPT will attempt to notify registrants prior to the conference and refund all registration, workshop, and continuing education fees. In all instances, the liability of CPT is limited to refunding such fees.

Registration opens January 22 at 9:00am CT.