Autplay Certification Training

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Autplay Certification Training

Autplay Therapy is an integrative family play therapy approach to working with neurodivergent children, adolescents, and families.

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Northeastern State University Broken Arrow 3100 New Orleans Street Broken Arrow, OK 74014

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  • 1 day 9 hours
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This training is relevant for Registered Play Therapists, Licensed Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Psychologists, School Counselors, Certified Counselors, Graduate Students, and other Mental Health Professionals.

This training is also relevant to Occupational Therapists, Speech/Language Therapists, Certified Autism Specialists, Music Therapists, and Case Managers.

Total CE Hours =24 hrs

12 non-contact hrs and 12 contact hrs.

This is an intensive training that focuses on teaching the AutPlay Therapy protocol, an integrative family play therapy framework for working with neurodivergent children (autistic, ADHD, sensory differences, learning differences, developmental disabilities) and their families. AutPlay Therapy emphasizes a neurodiversity affirming and informed approach and harnesses the therapeutic powers of play to help address mental health issues for neurodivergent children and their families. This training presents an overview of autistic and neurodivergent children. How to build relationships and assess for needs (utilizing several AutPlay inventories) for target goal areas is covered along with parent and child co-change agent processes. Goal areas of connection, regulation, and social navigation are described with example play therapy interventions for each area. The three progressive phases are presented (intake and assessment, structured play interventions, and termination).

Parent/family/child involvement is explained with protocol for working with parents and children as partners in the process. The AutPlay Therapy Follow Me Approach is explained which details how to work with children with little to no engagement and attunement ability creating special play times to improve connection and relationship development. Additional components such as theoretical underpinnings, understanding dysregulation, improving regulation ability, research, and case examples are covered. Several play therapy interventions are explained and demonstrated through session video clips. Experiential activities are presented, and case conceptualization and planning are discussed.

Once you have registered for the training, you will be emailed a pre-training form with a few instructions before your two-day in-person training. The instructions include processes for completing the full AutPlay certification program. This includes instructions for purchasing and reading the book The AutPlay Therapy Handbook: Integrative Family Play Therapy with Neurodivergent Children by Robert Jason Grant and watching two recorded webinars prior to your training.

This training is approved for:

  • 12 contact CE hrs and 12 non-contact CE hrs applicable to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and IBCCES (Certified Autism Specialist and Autism Certificate)
  • 12 contact CE hrs and 12 non-contact CE hrs for the Association for Play Therapy (APT).
  • 12 contact CE hrs and 12 non-contact CE hrs in Oklahoma for LPC, LMFT, and LCSW.

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For full information regarding objectives, course design, and cancellation policy, please go to

You may also contact Lisa Morrell Dawson at Dawson Counseling and Play Therapy, LLC at

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Link to order the newest version of the book that will be utilized in training:

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Tickets go on sale on December 1, 2022.

Early Bird Price is $425.00 (plus registration fee) until February 15, 2023.

Regular Price is $475 (plus registration fee) after February 15, 2023.