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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 shape the child’s developing mind, brain and relationships? Are you a professional working with children and families (i.e. social worker, educator, case manager, health care professional, child life specialist, child welfare worker, creative arts or recreational therapist, etc.) who hopes to supplement your skills with a toolbox of brain-based play interactional strategies to support children with challenging emotions and behavior?
Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, PhD is the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary relationally based practice guided by the science of interpersonal neurobiology, and the Play Strong Institute, a specialist hub for play therapy for children and families and play-based training for parents and professionals. Dr. Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers: THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD (Random House Delacorte 2011) and NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE (Random House Bantam 2014), as well as the recently released book THE YES BRAIN (Random House Bantam January 2018). She is a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist who makes frequent media appearances and keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world. She is the Child Development Specialist at Saint Mark’s School in Altadena, CA, and the Director of Child Development for Camp Chippewa in Cass Lake, Minnesota. Tina earned her PhD from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.
Tina emphasizes that before she’s a psychotherapist, or author, or anything else, she’s a mom. She limits her clinical practice and speaking engagements so that she can spend time with her family. Alongside her husband of 21 years, parenting her three boys is what makes her happiest: “They’re my heart. Their personalities make life so much fun. They’ve also made my research very personal, helping bring together the different roles I play in my life, where I’m part-time educator/researcher, and full-time Little-League-mom/super-Jedi-spy-with-laser-powers. As I’ve studied attachment and childrearing theory and the science of how brains work, I’ve been able to apply that knowledge and let it help me parent more the way I want: lovingly, intentionally, and effectively.”
Tina’s professional life now focuses on taking research and theory from various fields of science, and offering it in a way that’s clear, realistic, humorous, and immediately helpful. As she puts it, “For parents, clinicians, and teachers, learning about how kids’ (and their own) brains work is surprisingly practical, informing how they approach discipline, how they help kids deal with everyday struggles, and ultimately how they connect with the children they care about.”
"Georgie is mind-blowingly good at explaining how brain science informs the therapeutic power of play to strengthen relationships and develop children's resilience. I learn something new every time I hear her speak! Right now, children and families are facing unprecedented levels of anxiety and toxic stress and everyone is looking for emotional first aid for our kids. The Play Strong Institute offers an incredible set of tools for clinicians, social workers, educators, child welfare and health care professionals, and anyone else who wants to make an immediate impact on the lives of children. If you want to learn how to tackle trauma with play and empathy and help build stronger brains, hearts and minds, join us today and sign up for this course!"
- Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, New York Times bestselling author with Dr. Daniel Siegel MD, of The Whole Brain Child parenting book series and Executive Director of The Center for Connection
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 Certificate 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). Other professionals working with children and families are welcome to enroll in the program, but as per APT guidelines, would not be eligible to apply for the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.
If you intend to earn continuing education credits toward the RPT, you may apply for the CCPT Certificate if you meet at least one of the following requirements:
You must be willing to commit to full course participation and attendance, including:
** Professionals not working toward the RPT credential (i.e. other professionals working with children and families such as social workers, educators, case managers, health care professionals, child life specialists, child welfare workers, creative arts or recreational therapists, etc.) are also welcome to enroll in the Play Therapy Certificate series, however, they will not be eligible to earn CEs toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist as per Association for Play Therapy guidelines (refer to a4pt.org for full list of RPT/S requirements
** L1 Certificate may satisfy up to 50 non-contact 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 via video on demand online only 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 as self-paced instruction 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 pre-recorded online webinar classes, elective classes offering further specialization in at least 3 other Play Therapy models, interactive class participation included in the filmed recordings, video case presentations, instruction in reflective practice, and if desired, supervision of play therapy practice for an additional fee.
Live participants at the time of filming received feedback and were 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 working toward the Registered Play Therapist credential. Other child and family professionals may enroll to develop skills, however, they are not eligible to become a Registered Play Therapist.
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 pre-recorded online webinar lectures and discussions. Optional Elective units consist of 4 hours/CEs of pre-recorded online webinar lectures and discussions. Participants may complete the course requirements at their own pace and will enjoy unlimited access to the video library on demand. Pre-recorded lectures and case presentations are available to view on demand and make up the entirety of the course requirements. An additional 6 hours/CEs workshop(s) is offered via video on demand at the conclusion of the program, which consists of intensive cumulative workshops on self-evaluation and reflection in Play Therapy. 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 demand, 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 (non-contact hours only). Each elective course workshop presented on demand, 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 $499.00 one time tuition fee. Includes 100 CE hours Play Therapy Certificate + optional 50 CE hours elective workshops.
Registration payment can be made by credit or debit card using our secure online payment system.
You will be granted immediate access to the full Play Therapy Certificate video library at the time of registration.
Registrations are accepted on a rolling basis, which means you can apply and begin the course anytime. Register to start today.