Exploring the Foundations, Principles, and The “Four Pillars” of Child-Centered Play Therapy

Topics: Play Therapy, Children, Child-centered

Audience: Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)

3 CE Hours
$129.99 $69.99
Exploring the Foundations, Principles, and The “Four Pillars” of Child-Centered Play Therapy On-demand Course
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Dr. Brenna Hicks

Host of the Play Therapy Podcast

Dr. Brenna Hicks, PhD, LMHC-S, RPT is a licensed, private-practice play therapist and owner of The Kid Counselor Center in the Tampa Bay area. Brenna has been blogging and podcasting about play therapy and parenting since 2006. She has been featured in The New York Times, and on CNN and iVillage. She has taught for the University of Wyoming and the University of South Florida, and authored the book, Device Detox: A Parent’s Guide To Reducing Usage, Preventing Tantrums, And Raising Happier Kids. A native Floridian, she loves the beach, the sun, and Rays baseball with her husband and son.

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Course Overview

Via recorded webinar
Course Description:
APT Primary Focus Area(s):

Play Therapy History & Seminal Theories: 1 CE
Skills and Methods: 2 CE
Total: 3 CE Hours

This course provides an exploration into Child-Centered Play Therapy, including the foundations, core beliefs, philosophy, applications, skills, and techniques. Child-Centered Play Therapy is best suited for children 3-12, and is empirically supported for children with a vast array of presenting problems and issues. The “Four Pillars” of Child-Centered Play Therapy will be explored in depth as the foundational operationalized skills. This course will include discussions, examples, role-playing, and diagrams to allow for deep processing and understanding. A basic discussion of the history of the theory will also be included. 
Original recording date: January 26, 2024 Length: 3 hours (with bonus QA)
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the basic beliefs and philosophy of Child-Centered Play Therapy.
  • Apply at least 5 of Child-Centered skills
  • Recall and implement the “Four Pillars” of Play Therapy
     Hicks, B. (2018). Play Therapy Parenting diagram. Self-Published.

    Moss, L., Hamlet, H. (2020). An introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy. The Person-Centered Journal. 25(2). 91-103

    Parker, M. M., Hunnicutt Hollenbaugh, K. M., & Kelly, C. T. (2021). Exploring the impact of child-centered play therapy for children exhibiting behavioral problems: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Play Therapy, 30(4), 259–271.

    Odgers, F. (2020). Child Centered Play Therapy and how it differs from Psychology. Retrieved from https://www.playtherapyhub.com/2020/12/14/child-centered-play- therapy-and-how-it-differs-from-psychology/

    Muro, J. H., Muro, L. L., Rose, K. K., Webster, L., Allen, C. (2017). Use of child- centered play therapy responses in child care setting. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 35(2), 13-19.

    CE Details:
    3 CE recorded webinar contact hour(s)

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    Completing the video and achieving a posttest score of 80% or above is required to receive CE award. Open material permitted and one can retest unlimited times. Upon passing, we will email you a completion certificate within one business day. If failed, we will email you a retest in the same timeframe.

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    This training is approved by APT Approved Provider #20-610 for X CE Hour(s) (Non-contact).

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    Exploring the Foundations, Principles, and The “Four Pillars” of Child-Centered Play Therapy

    Exploring the Foundations, Principles, and The “Four Pillars” of Child-Centered Play Therapy

    Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)



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    Core Wellness Reviews

    Recorded Participant

    I felt that the instructor was very skilled. You can tell that she has done this for a while. I am only beginning but love the idea of having conversations and going over the content while driving in the car to practice. If I were a parent of a young one, I would love for her to be the therapist and to have her as support as a parent.

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    Recorded Participant

    She was clear and concise and easy to follow.

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    Tamara Samples, MS

    This training reinforced training I have taken previously but took my own understanding to a deeper level. The trainer provided concrete examples and guidance on how I can better implement these play therapy principals with my clients and and become a better therapist. The training provided a fresh perspective and a refresh for me and some ideas for better connecting with a few specific clients that I have felt stuck with.

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    Tamara Samples, MS
    Recorded Participant

    Amazing training that really goes over the skills in detail with an opportunity to practice.

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    Recorded participant

    Dr. Brenna Hicks knew the material well and was able to provide education on the "Four Pillars of Child-Centered Play" in a clear and easy to understand manner. Lots of good real life experiences with children and parents. Very responsive to questions. Webinar handout helped with understanding and reviewing webinar content and applying later in therapy sessions with children.

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    Juliette Jimenez

    Dr. Brenna Hicks is wonderful! I love listening to her podcasts and would definitely sign up for another training with her!

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    Juliette Jimenez
    Recorded participant

    This was a great refresher for me and I really enjoyed the practical examples and skills practice. I wish it was more interactive but overall the training was still very engaging.

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    Shanna Conner, LMFT-A, NCC

    I enjoyed the training. I listened to Dr. Hicks' podcast of the same material so I was already familiar with much of it, but it was good to hear it all together as one training. Dr. Hicks presents in a way that is engaging; her passion for CCPT and children is obvious and contagious.

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    Shanna Conner, LMFT-A, NCC
    Recorded participant

    I really loved the instructor's training-she was very clear on communicating the underlying reasons or logic of approaching certain play therapy skills.

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    Mary Miner

    This training was clear, well presented, well-thought-through, informative.

    Mary Miner
    Recorded participant

    Presenter was very knowledgeable. It would have been nice to have a longer training to further explore past some of the surface level.

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    Recorded participant

    The training was clear, organized, and the examples were helpful. The handouts were useful and helpful.

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