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Are you a Master’s or Doctoral mental health professional, clinical intern or currently enrolled graduate student in a mental health discipline who wants to specialize in working with children? Do you want more in-depth study of the Child-Centered philosophy, therapy approach, and specific skills to treating children in mental health respectfully and holistically? Are you interested in learning more about how healthy play interactions in therapy shape the child’s developing mind, brain and relationships?
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director and Head of Faculty for The Play Strong Institute, a continuing education and training organization for professionals and parents. She is a Teaching Professor in the Play Therapy Program at Loma Linda University and a Clinical Supervisor of Play Therapy Practicum at the Loma Linda Behavioral Health Institute.
Georgie has the distinction of earning a postgraduate Master’s Degree in Child Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom. She maintains a private practice working with children and families at The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA, headed by Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, co-author with Daniel Siegel, MD, of The Whole Brain Child, No Drama Discipline, and The Yes Brain.
Georgie is a frequent speaker to parents and professional audiences on the topics of Play Therapy, Collaborative Parent-Child Play, and the Neuroscience of Play. She is also a Member of the British Association of Play Therapists and the American Association for Play Therapy.
The Child-Centered Play Therapy Certification Program is designed for graduate students and mental health professionals at all skill levels and can be used toward completion of up to 150 hours of Play Therapy education required to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). See Association for Play Therapy (refer to a4pt.org for full list of RPT/S requirements).
You may apply for the CCPT Certification if you meet at least one of the following requirements:
You must be willing to commit to full course participation and attendance, including:
** Some participants may not need to attend all elective units based on transfer CEs or viewing recorded lectures (noncontact hours)
** L1 Certificate may satisfy up to 150 educational hours toward Registered Play Therapist (RPT) status, and partial requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) outlined by the Association for Play Therapy (refer to a4pt.org for full list of RPT/S requirements).
This certificate course is offered in person with online option and will use a primarily Child-Centered Play Therapy model with Neurorelational Emphasis to guide assessment and intervention for social, emotional and behavioral difficulties in development in children, adolescents and families.
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.”
Child-Centered Play Therapy is an evidence-based, developmentally responsive, play-based mental health intervention for children and adolescents who are experiencing forms of relational and behavioral stress (CCPT; Landreth, 1991; 2002; 2012).
This new systematic curriculum is presented each year and provides the theoretical knowledge and applied clinical and educational foundations for integrated assessment and intervention at an introductory to intermediate level. The intensive foundational certificate program, led by our Faculty instructors, offers a combination of required in-person or online webinar classes, elective classes offering further specialization in at least 3 other Play Therapy models, interactive class participation, video case presentations, instruction in reflective practice, and if desired, supervision of play therapy practice.
Participants may receive feedback and be guided through case consultation as an adjunct while working towards their Level 1 Foundational Certificate in Child-Centered Play Therapy.
Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Professional Counselors, School Counselors, Students and Interns
This is an introductory level course.
Foundational Certificate in Child-Centered Play Therapy (Level 1) program participants will be able to:
The goal of this Foundational Certificate in Child-Centered Play Therapy (Level 1) program is to provide participants with initial expertise in working with children who have relational, emotional and behavioral challenges using a relationship-based approach. Participants will also gain an understanding of engaging the child’s support system through parent coaching and working within professional teams in the Foundational Certificate. Participants who complete this course and meet the course criteria will receive the Center for Connection Play Strong Institute Foundational Certificate in Child-Centered Play Therapy (Level 1) in their discipline.
This course is organized into twelve (12) core units. Each core unit consists of 8 hours/CEs of in-person or online webinar lectures and discussions. Optional Elective units consist of 4 hours/CEs of in-person or online webinar lectures and discussions. Participants may attend up to two (2) live workshops each month (total of up to 12 CEs monthly). Pre-recorded lectures and case presentations are available to view on demand and can be incorporated into the course requirements. An additional 6 hours/CEs will be required of each participant to attend intensive cumulative workshops on self-evaluation and reflection in Play Therapy, available in person or online. Total of 100 hours of instruction must be completed to earn the foundational certificate.
Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider 16-456), as well as the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #137262) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. No credit can be offered for partial attendance of any workshop. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance onsite or online at the completion of the workshop.
**May satisfy educational requirements toward Registered Play Therapist (RPT) status outlined by the Association for Play Therapy (refer to a4pt.org for full list of RPT/S requirements).
Foundational Certificate in Child-Centered Play Therapy - Level 1 (CCPT-L1) includes 12 core course units, each course unit lecture presented on a Saturday once per month, each lecture 8 hours in length equal to 8 CEs/education credits.
Up to 48 CE hours of optional electives will be offered over the enrollment year (may be contact or non-contact). Each elective course workshop presented on a Saturday once per month, each lecture 4 hours in length equal to 4 CEs/education credits.
Participants may attend up to 12 elective courses offering further specialization in at least three (3) other Play Therapy models.
Past Topics have included the following (each year elective workshops vary based on course demands):
Cost is $3,600.00 annual tuition + $150.00 one time only registration deposit = $3,750.00 per enrollment year tuition fee. Includes 100 CE hours Play Therapy Certificate + optional 50 CE hours elective workshops.
Initial payment can be made by credit or debit card using our secure online payment system. New students will be charged a total of $450.00 nonrefundable deposit at time of application, includes $150.00 one time only registration deposit + $300.00 first monthly tuition payment. Additional monthly payments at $300.00/month will typically be charged at each 8.0 CE workshop presentation date while students are enrolled in the program.
Registrations are accepted on a rolling basis, which means you can apply and begin the course anytime. Start your application today.