Play Therapy Training Counseling & Training Center offers a variety of training sessions for counselors, registered play therapists & those seeking additional training. Join Dr. Blocker as she offers exciting, experiential training on play therapy theory, methods, techniques, and interventions to specific populations using play, art, drama, sand tray, and other expressive techniques. Two types of training are offered: direct & non-contact. Direct training sessions occur in a live, face-to-face, setting at a set time & place. Non-contact training occurs at your own pace and is offered at a significantly reduced price.
**See note below on attendance & return policy**

Play Therapy Training Sessions


Direct (Face-to-Face) Training Sessions

(See Attendance/Return policy below)

If you would like training for your organization or small group (minimum 6 people), please contact to explore options.


Death and Divorce: Play therapy for loss


November 3rd, 2017; 9 am to 2:30 pm

Children’s Advocacy Center

Belton, Texas 76513

In this playshop, participants will gain intermediate knowledge and application of death and divorce issues with children and families including non-directive and directive interventions. A review of developmental aspects of loss will be covered highlighting recycling of loss issues across the lifespan. This session also reviews issues related to loss such as common behavioral issues, attachment ruptures, communication and coping styles, and blended families. In addition, family dynamics and the impact of loss on the family system will be discussed with determinations as to when the family should be involved in the play therapy process. At least two experiential activities will be completed in the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the developmental process of loss in play therapy including death and divorce
  • Identify common behaviors associated with death and divorce
  • Learn how and when to include the family system in the process of play therapy
  • Learn at least two play therapy techniques for children and one play therapy intervention for families

In addition to RPT, CEU’s are also offered for Texas LPC’s, LMFT’s, & LMSW’s

This session is FULL. Please email for waitlist information.



Non-Contact (Distance) Play Therapy Training/CEU’s 

Non-Direct training requires at-home reading, followed by an open book, multiple choice exam. This is an excellent and affordable way to earn CEU’s at an individual, flexible pace. Non-contact training may require the purchase of the specified book for training (see specific training for details).


Application of Theory in Play Therapy

$99 (20 CEU’s)

Using the text Play Therapy Theory and Practice: Comparing Theories and Techniques (2nd ed.) by Kevin O’Conner & Lisa Braverman (2009), registrants  will briefly answer open-ended questions about each theory presented and then write a conceptualization of their own theory in practice. This training is intended to help registrants critically analyze their own theory and practice of play therapy. *Text required; not included in price of purchase.


1)      Learn the key concepts of differing play therapy theories to include: Psychodynamic, Jungian, Adlerian, Gestalt, Child Centered, Filial, and Theraplay.

2)      Understand how each play therapy theory is similar or different from current theoretical orientation

3)      Formulate one’s own play therapy clinical focus.

In addition to RPT, CEU’s are also offered for Texas LPC’s and LMFT’s.


Application of Supervision in Play Therapy

$50 (6 CEU’s)

Using the text Supervision can be playful: Techniques for child and play therapist supervisors by Athena Drewes and Jodi Ann Mullen, registrants will briefly answer questions regarding supervision style and theoretical orientation, ethical issues, and competency of special populations. This training is intended to help play therapists integrate the text into personal supervision model. *Text required; not included in price of purchase.


1) Learn the different types of supervision styles and how they may be applied to play therapy

2) Understand the role of cultural competence in ethical play therapy supervision

3) Identify the indicators of transference and countertransference and understand how to respond in supervision

4) Increase awareness of specific special populations in play therapy and supervisory requirements

In addition to RPT, CEU’s are also offered for Texas LPC’s and LMFT’s. 6 CEU’s awarded


Book Study: “Hidden Treasures: A Map to the Child’s Inner Self” 

$50 (6 CEU’s)

Hidden Treasures: A Map to the Child’s Inner Self (2007),  is the follow-up to the popular Windows to Our Children (1978) by Violet Oaklander. This book study is ideal for individual’s looking for Gestalt interventions and advanced theoretical knowledge. ** Text required; not included in purchase price.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify major components of Gestalt play therapy including contact, introjections, I/Thou relationship, and aggressive energy.

2. Understand how to apply Gestalt play therapy to various ages including young children and adolescents.

3. Learn at least five specific Gestalt play therapy interventions.


Play Therapy Ethics (3 CEU’s)

*No text required. Reading material will be emailed within 48 hours of payment*

This training reviews the ethical Best Practices by APT and they impact potential ethical issues in play therapy. Of special focus will documentation and confidentiality of the child-client and play therapy sessions. APT’s white paper on touch will also be reviewed and the use of therapeutic touch will be explored including when it is appropriate, when it is contraindicated, and the limits in various treatment settings

  1. Review the Ethical Decision Model as it applies to play therapy ethics
  2. Understand the impacts of confidentiality violation on the play therapy therapeutic relationship and how to appropriately handle
  3. Explore and understand the benefits of APT’s white paper on touch including the limitations of touch

This training offers CEU’s for Texas LMFT & LPC in addition to RPT.


Book Study: Theraplay

$99 (15 CEU’s)

Theraplay is especially effective for those conducting play therapy with children under 5 and with children demonstrating developmental delays. Learn how to incorporate Theraplay into your existing play therapy practice. Utilizes the book “Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play” by Phyllis Booth & Ann Jernberg (2010). **Text not included**

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the history of Theraplay and its impacts on the field of play therapy

2. Learn an effective way to conduct play therapy with children under five.

3. Know when to incorporate Theraplay into your play therapy practice and when it is contraindicated.

4. Learn what type of issues/children/families benefit from Theraplay

5. Gain specific play therapy skills and playful techniques to use with various Attachment-Based child/family issues.

6. Differentiate the four Theraplay dimensions and learn which play therapy interventions to use for each dimension.


CEU Provider #’s

APT Approved Provider: # 11-302

LPC Provider #1561

LMFT Provider #627

LMSW Provider #6148


Attendance & Return policy

**Attendance at full workshop required. Late arrival and early departures will result in adjusted CEU hours**
**No returns for missed training sessions**
72 hour cancellation required. When at least 72 cancellation provided, fee paid will be
credited to future training session (minus $10 processing fee) or issued via check (minus 50%). Less than 72 hour cancellation results in forfeiting 100% of amount paid.



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