Child-Centered Play Therapy


Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is a very effective and frequently used form of play therapy in its own right, and it has been applied with a wide range of child and family difficulties. CCPT also serves as the foundation of Filial Therapy, and the specific skills of CCPT are valuable when using more directive forms of play therapy as well. CCPT is sometimes referred to as Non-Directive Play Therapy, and is considered a foundational form of play therapy, and is actually much more complex than many people believe. We often suggest that this is a great course to start with for those who have not had much in-depth play therapy training.

This 10-hour course includes a powerpoint, detailed handout, and video of the instructor explaining the concepts and uses of CCPT, as well as session videos. It includes the following topics: theory and rationale, goals, toy selection, specific play session skills and methods, recognition of play themes, interpretation, special issues, how to involve parents, timeframes, and application to a variety of problem areas. Numerous case studies are provided showing how the process works. Video footage includes an entire CCPT session to illustrate concepts and methods. Registration fee includes the powerpoint, links to all the video segments, and the CE administration. A required course text is additional.

CE Credits Available: 10

Required Text (sold separately): VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A.E., & Sniscak, C.C. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy. NY: Guilford.

Instructor: Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC, Licensed Psychologist (PA)

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to…
1. Describe the 8 principles of Virginia Axline that are the foundation of CCPT.
2. Explain the theory behind the use of CCPT.
3. Identify the main categories of toys that are needed, and how they should be arranged in the CCPT playroom.
4. Describe in detail and apply the 4 primary skills used by the therapist in CCPT.
5. Conduct CCPT play sessions under supervision (for those without other CCPT training).
6. Describe 3 factors that indicate that the child is playing in a “thematic” way in CCPT.
7. Develop alternative hypotheses for the meaning of children’s play in context during CCPT.
8. Involve parents regularly in the overall treatment process while conducting CCPT with their children.


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