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. 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. In CCPT, the healing factor is identified as the relationship between play therapist and child. Relationship is based on clear communication between therapist and child, yet the child communicates through 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 201: Child Centered Play Therapy Practice and Application.
Dee Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Counseling Program and Director of the Child and Family Resource Clinic at the University of North Texas. Dr. Ray has published over 100 articles, chapters and books in the field of play therapy, specializing in research publications specifically examining the process and effects of Child Centered Play Therapy. Dr. Ray is author of Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice, Child Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manual, and co-author of Group Play Therapy and Child Centered Play Therapy Research. She is current editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling and former editor of the International Journal of Play Therapy. She is a founding board member and past president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling. She was noted as one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas and the recipient of Association of Humanistic Counseling Educator Award, Texas Outstanding Counselor Educator Award, Outstanding Research Award for Association for Play Therapy, Outstanding Research Award for Texas Counseling Association, and Nancy Guillory Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the Field of Play Therapy from Texas Association for Play Therapy.
Garry L. Landreth, Ed.D., LPC-S, RPT-S is a Regents Professor and founder of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. He is a founding member and Director Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Landreth has conducted workshops on play therapy throughout the United States and in Canada, China, Europe, South Africa, and Korea. He is author of over 100 publications and videos including, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship (3rd ed.), Innovations in Play Therapy: Issues, Process, and Special Populations, and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model.
Sue Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S is Director of the Center for Play Therapy and Professor at the University of North Texas. Dr. Bratton is a former Association for Play Therapy board member and a Past President of APT. Dr. Bratton is a respected speaker, author, researcher, and clinician known nationally and internationally for her training workshops and presentations. She has authored over 60 publications including Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model, CPRT Treatment Manual, Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence for Practitioners, and Integrative Play Therapy.