CCPT 101: Basics in Child-Centered Play Therapy

April 18 - 19, 2024
9:00am-4:30pm CT
Live Online

Registration opens January 22, 2024 at 9:00 AM CT
Registration closes April 2, 2024 at 2:00 PM CT 
or until full capacity has been reached


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. 

Children often have difficulty verbalizing their thoughts and feelings, which may produce obstacles for the child therapist or counselor. Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is a unique evidence-based counseling approach in which the relationship between therapist and child is the foundation for therapeutic change. In CCPT, the healing factor is identified as the relationship between the play therapist and the child. Relationship is based on clear communication between therapist and child, yet the child communicates through play. The therapist provides attitudinal conditions and developmentally appropriate materials to facilitate free expression and self-directed play of the child. In a safe environment, the child moves toward self-enhancing behaviors and ways of being. This workshop is intended to present step-by-step introductory methods on how to help children accurately express themselves to the counselor in their own language of play. This workshop will offer a process for developing healing relationships with children, as well as help counselors use play therapy to reach treatment goals. Play therapy will be described and demonstrated in detail regarding its use and effectiveness with challenging children who present in both community and school settings. Participants will learn the CCPT treatment protocol as well as actively engage in CCPT skills throughout the workshop experience. 

This workshop serves as the introduction to CCPT certification. Participants will earn continuing education credits as well as complete the first educational component toward CCPT certification. Completion of this workshop allows the participant to have a greater understanding of CCPT and begin to practice basic CCPT skills. Participants who wish to practice CCPT as a therapeutic approach will need to complete CCPT 102: Child-Centered Play Therapy Practice and Application. 


Thursday, April 18, 2024
Friday, April 19, 2024

Training: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm CT
Morning break: 10:30-10:45am CT
Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm CT
Afternoon break: 2:30-2:45pm CT

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will describe and demonstrate the use and effectiveness of CCPT in community and school settings.
2. Participants will identify and discuss the use and implementation of CCPT protocol.
3. Participants will demonstrate CCPT skills and attitudes.
4. Participants will describe the historical antecedents of play therapy.
5. Participants will be able to identify appropriate play materials for playroom. 
6. Participants will be able to identify the procedures for limit setting. 

Meet the Speaker

Brittany Wilson, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, Certified CCPT-S, Certified CPRT-S

Brittany Wilson, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, CCPT-S/T, CPRT-S/T earned her doctoral degree in counseling with a specialization in play therapy from the University of North Texas. Dr. Wilson’s research, clinical expertise, and publications focus on children exhibiting aggressive and disruptive behaviors. Dr. Wilson has provided play therapy services to children demonstrating behavioral concerns in a number of clinical settings including elementary schools, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Dr. Wilson currently owns a private practice in Rockwall Texas and is an adjunct instructor at The University of North Texas.

Training Fees

This online, live training is only $320 per participant. This small fee gets you the same content as the in-person, two full days of in-depth CCPT training, 12 non-contact CE hours, and one step closer to CCPT certification.

Cancellation Policy

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, 2024. 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.

CE Contact Hours

Completion of CCPT 101 fulfills all CCPT 101 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 hours of Seminal or Historically Significant Theories, and
3 hours of Skills & Methods.

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 State Board of Social Workers (In accordance with Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 34, Rule 781.509), 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.