CCPT 102 Training Description

This is a 3-day advanced in-person training in the practice and application of Child-Centered Play Therapy. This intensive training on the application of CCPT will be an exciting time together to learn about the practice and application of CCPT. Content will include: understanding development, the process of CCPT (relational disruptions and enacting conditions), themes in CCPT, advanced limit setting, specific presenting problems/populations, parent consultation, advocacy/general research findings, and opportunities to practice, practice, practice!


February 22-24, 2024

Thursday, February 22, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CT with 15-minute break
Friday, February 23, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM CT with one-hour lunch break and two 15 minute breaks
Saturday, February 24, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM CT with one-hour lunch break and two 15 minute breaks


  1. Participants will be able to describe how child development impacts play therapy.
  2. Participants will be able to distinguish between play behaviors and play themes.
  3. Participants will be able to demonstrate when and how to use limit-setting and choice giving from a child-centered perspective.  
  4. Participants will be able to demonstrate child-centered play therapy skills and attitudes.
  5. Participants will be able to cite and access research findings on the effectiveness of CCPT.
  6. Participants will be able to articulate the change process for various presenting problems.
  7. Participants will be able to integrate feedback into practice of CCPT.

Meet the Speaker

Dee Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, Certified CCPT-S, Certified CPRT-S, Certified CCGPT-S/T 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, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, and Child-Centered Group Play Therapy.  Dr. Ray additionally operates the counseling practice, EmpathyWell, in Highland Village, TX where she facilitates play therapy, training, and supervision.