Child-Centered Play Therapy

Child-Centered Play Therapy

MO 25IDEALS offers a two day training in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)  CCPT was first developed by Virginia Axline in the 1950s.  It has a robust history of effectiveness and is the foundation for Filial Therapy, developed by Louise Guerney, and also taught at IDEALS. Our Filial Therapy training is described at Filial Therapy-a button on the left.

Our CCPT training is appropriate for mental health professionals and mental health graduate students.  Para-professionals, teachers, child care workers, and parents are encouraged to attend our Mastering the Magic of Play workshops.

Our CCPT training is hands-on, with practice of each play therapy skill and a finale mock session practice on the second afternoon.  CCPT trainings are small (4-10 people) to allow of adequate coaching and discussion.

IDEALS also offers three hour group supervision sessions in CCPT and Filial in October, December, February, and April, individual supervision in CCPT, and programs at agencies and schools.  For information about these options, contact or Mary Ortwein at 502-227-0055.

The following Child-Centered Play Therapy workshops are scheduled for 2011 at our offices in Frankfort.

Wednesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 25

12 CE

NOTE:  A second Child-Centered Play Training will be held in September, 2011.  Dates will be posted by August, 2011.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify when CCPT is an appropriate intervention and how to integrate it into a treatment plan
  • Use the four core CCPT skills of Following a Child’s Lead, Empathy, Limit Setting,  and Joining in Role Plays in play sessions
  • Identify adaptations of CCPT for specific diagnoses and presenting problems
  • Self-evaluate use of CCPT in client sessions


Day One–Morning

Introductions, History and Overview of CCPT
Axline’s Principles
Play Therapy Process
Skills for Following the Child’s Lead


Empathic Skills
Limit Setting Skills

Day Two

What do you do when…
Role Plays
Stages of Play


CCPT with trauma, emotional development, & particular diagnoses

Mixing CCPT and other interventions

Mock play sessions