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Child-Centered Play Therapy: Unleashing the Power of Play to Heal Children...

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Flourishing Families

422 West Wesley Street

Wheaton, IL 60187

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It’s easy to feel lost with how to help closed-off, anxious children. It’s also easy to be intimidated by aggressive children.

As clinicians, we know that early intervention can make a huge impact on children’s futures, but sometimes it’s frustrating to try to connect with children, and sometimes we can feel helpless, wondering if what we are doing is actually helping them.

Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is an evidence-based method that has proven to be effective and is developmentally appropriate for children ages 3 to 12 (and sometimes for younger or older children depending on the situation). It is effective in treating anxiety, aggression, and trauma, along with many other obstacles children face.

The purpose of this two-day training is to provide participants with an introduction to CCPT and to help participants gain the skills necessary to employ CCPT with clients. This workshop will draw from neuroscience, Humanistic theory, Attachment theory, and the power of play to teach participants the theoretical principles of CCPT and demonstrate its effectiveness on children and family systems. The training will utilize a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, and coached practice (including role-play) so that participants can master the six core skills of CCPT, thereby enabling participants to walk away with confidence to implement this evidence-based method of play therapy. This training is for licenced mental health professionals, or current students studying to become licensed in a mental health field.

This training will equip you to:

1) Master the skills of Child-Centered Play Therapy so that you can be connected to your child clients and you can have confidence in your ability to facilitate growth

2) Be grounded in the 8 core principles of CCPT so that you can discern how to respond in unique situations

3) Understand the power of play and how play therapy sessions facilitate growth and address problematic behavior

4) Monitor progress through the use of assessments and the four CCPT stages so you know how you are helping and you are able to communicate that progress to parents

CCPT is an exciting and effective approach to help children overcome difficulties. Utilizing neurobiology and humanistic theory, clinicians can use the power of play to address underlying causes. This training will be helpful for clinicians working in a variety of settings, including schools, private practices, and in-home settings.

In the spirit of Child-Centered Play Therapy, hands-on, experiential learning will abound in this training, as clinicians will be able to get a taste for the power of this therapeutic method. Clinicians will be prepared to implement Child-Centered Play Therapy to help foster healing for children with diverse diagnoses and behaviors.

This training is accepted by NIRE, a provider of Child-Centered Play Therapy Certifications.

Come prepared to play . . . and walk away with the confidence to use Child-Centered Play Therapy with your clients!


13 Continuing Education Hours Available.


Schedule: Friday and Saturday May 8th & 9th

Friday, May. 8th 1:30pm Registration, 2-8:15pm Training (meal break from 5:15-6:15pm),

Saturday May. 9th 8:15am Registration, 8:45am-5:30pm Training (meal break from 12:30-1:30pm)

Meals on your own, snacks and coffee provided!

Investment: $110 for students ($55 per day), $187 Early Bird Rate for Professionals available before Oct. 1st. $226 regular fee for Professionals after Oct. 1st.

Payments accepted: Credit Card (thru Eventbrite), Check or Chase Quick Pay (received 1 week before event)

Refund: Full Refund Available (minus credit card fees) up to 7 days in advance.


Learning Objectives

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Recite the 8 core principles from Virginia Axline that guide implementation of Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) skills

  2. Demonstrate the 6 core skills for facilitating CCPT (structuring, tracking, empathy, limit setting, role play, responding to special situations)

  3. Describe the research demonstrating the effectiveness of the CCPT model in its use with clients

  4. Design an atmosphere conducive to the successful employment of CCPT in therapy sessions (toy selection, portable play rooms, etc.)

  5. List specific diagnoses, ages, and behaviors that CCPT can effectively address

  6. Discuss how CCPT practices increase emotional intelligence, resilience, and emotional regulation skills among clients

  7. Write CCPT session progress notes and effective treatment plans

  8. List the four major stages of CCPT and the common themes associated with each stage

  9. Prepare to educate parents about CCPT so that parents understand the therapeutic process

  10. Describe the ethical guidelines for informing parents about what the child is doing in CCPT while maintaining confidentiality of client

  11. Utilize assessments effectively to help measure progress of CCPT

  12. Apply special considerations for doing CCPT in relation to special diagnoses (e.g., separation anxiety and trauma) and varying developmental levels

  13. Discuss the appropriate timetable for termination of CCPT

About Sharon:

Sharon Bryant, LMFT, RPT, CCPT-S, is certified in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Relationship Enhancement Programming, and is an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Trained Clinician. Sharon is a Child-Centered Play Therapy Skills Consultant for NIRE. She is the founder of Flourishing Families LLC and works in private practice at Spring Tree Counseling in Evanston, IL. She has presented twice at the NIRE national conference in Washington D.C., has taught as an adjunct professor, and has trained in a variety of settings. Sharon has co-authored a life-skills curriculum called Back on Track and has contributed to a marriage-enrichment program (“Couple Talk”) as well as a parenting book titled A Life Shared: Meaningful Conversations with Our Kids.

Sponsor: Flourishing Families, LLC https://www.flourishingfams.com/

If you have any questions, please email sbryant@flourishingfams.com

Flourishing Families delivers quality training, supervision, and resources for mental health professionals. Our goal is to empower, equip, and nurture clinicians to enable them to provide quality mental health services that help families heal and flourish. Flourishing Families is an APT Approved Provider #19-592.

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422 W. Wesley St.

Wheaton, IL


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