Course Description

* If you are NOT a mental health professional, but you are looking for more information on The AutPlay Certification Program, please see AutPlay Training for Non-Mental Health Professionals here:  https://courses.jentaylorplaytherapy.com/courses/autplay-correspondence-training-for-non-mental-health-professionals **

Required reading - Participants must purchase the book – Understanding Autism: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens by Robert Jason Grant. 

Optional reading - AutPlay Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Behavioral Play Based Approach by Robert Jason Grant.  

Books are sold separately and are not provided through this course. The books can be purchased on Amazon and other online retailers. 

About This Training:
This is a non-contact/home study training that focuses on learning the AutPlay® Therapy approach. There are four components necessary to complete the AutPlay Certification Program and become a Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider:


1) Complete the home study AutPlay® Therapy Intensive Training (16 CE Hrs). 

2) Read the book (Grant, R. J. (2021). Understanding Autism: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens, AutPlay Publishing. The book can be purchased on Amazon and other online retailers. 

3) Watch the recorded webinar (1.5 CE Hrs) Understanding Ableism and Neurodiversity in Play Therapy. The recorded webinar can be found in the home study trainings page.

4) Watch the recorded webinar Neurodiversity Affirming Play Therapy (2.5 CE Hrs). The recorded webinar can be found in the home study trainings page.

You will need internet access to complete this training. 

You will be asked to read through the PowerPoint (this is your training guide), you will also be asked to read articles/readings, watch video clips, and complete experiential activities. 

It’s expected that you will complete all the exercises and not skip over any parts of this training. Many of the exercises are referenced on the post exam at the end of the training. 

The Autplay Therapy Clinic – Robert Jason Gran Ed.D is solely responsible for the creation, content, and continuing education hours of each home study training. The AutPlay Therapy Clinic – Robert Jason Grant Ed.D utilizes Jen Taylor Play Therapy as a hosting site for home study and online trainings. Any technical issue such as not being able to login to a training should be directed to Jen Taylor Play Therapy info@jentaylorplaytherapy.com.  All governance issues related to any training should be directed to The AutPlay Therapy Clinic – Robert Jason Grant Ed.D.  If you have any questions, contact us at info@autplaytherapy.com.

Description:

This is an intensive training that focuses on teaching the AutPlay Therapy protocol, an integrative family play therapy approach to working with autistic children and adolescents, neurodivergent children, children with developmental disabilities and their families. AutPlay Therapy emphasizes a neurodiversity affirming an informed approach and harnesses the therapeutic powers of play to help address mental health issues for neurodivergent children and their families. This training presents an overview of autistic and neurodivergent children. How to build relationship and assess for needs (utilizing several AutPlay inventories) for target goal areas is covered along with parent and child co-change agent processes. Goal areas of connection, emotional regulation, and social navigation are described with example play therapy interventions for each area. The three progressive phases are presented (intake and assessment, structured play interventions, and termination). 

Parent/family/child involvement is explained with protocol for working with parents and children as partners in the process. The AutPlay Therapy Follow Me Approach is explained which details how to work with children with little to no engagement and attunement ability creating special play times to improve connection and relationship development. Additional components such as theoretical underpinnings, understanding dysregulation, improving regulation ability, research, and case examples are covered.  Several play therapy interventions are explained and demonstrated through session video clips. Experiential activities are presented, and case conceptualization and planning are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

1) Explain neurodiversity and implementing a neurodiversity affirming approach.
2) Describe the components of AutPlay Therapy including conducting an AutPlay Therapy session, theoretical underpinnings, phases of therapy, assessment and screening instruments, and goal planning.
3) Describe common mental health goals addressed in AutPlay Therapy.
4) Identify several structured play therapy interventions to use for addressing goals.
5) Discuss how to involve parents and other family members as co-change agents (partners).
6) Describe the AutPlay model of dysregulation
7) Identify play therapy interventions to address dysregulation issues.
8) Implement the AutPlay Follow Me Approach, designed for children with higher needs.
9) Describe how to work with parents in implementing AutPlay Follow Me play times at home.
10)  Explain research and evidence-based practices in AutPlay Therapy.
11) Outline the theoretical underpinnings of AutPlay, including seminal play therapy theories and other integrated methods.
12) Identify at least 6 AutPlay interventions to increase experiential knowledge.  


Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals:
This training is approved for 16 CE Hrs for the below continuing education bodies. Upon completion of the training materials, training evaluation, and post exam (with a score of 80% or higher), the training certificate of completion will be issued to the participant. 

- Robert Jason Grant Ed.D APT Approved Provider #12-318 for continuing education. If you are counting this training toward the 150 hours to become an RPT or RPT-S, the 16 CE Hrs can be calculated as any combination of 16 toward special topics, 16 toward applicants’ choice, or any combination of these and 2 hours can count toward seminal play therapy theories.   

- Robert Jason Grant Ed.D Certified Training Partner for IBCCES (International Board for Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) #CE159432.

- AutPlay Therapy Clinic has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6595. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AutPlay Therapy Clinic is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Instructor Robert Jason Grant, EdD, M.S., LPC, NCC, RPT-S

I hold a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership, Master’s Degree in Counseling, and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and families, primarily serving neurodivergent children (autism, ADHD, sensory differences, learning disorders, and developmental disabilities). I am the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy framework designed to help address the mental health needs of neurodivergent children and adolescents. I am also trauma informed and trained and utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I utilize several years of advanced training and my own lived neurodivergent experience to work with children and their families. I have infused my experience and love for education and mental health care to create training programs for professionals and caregivers. I am an international trainer and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. I am also a multi- published author of several articles, book chapters, and books including the following titles: The AutPlay® Therapy Handbook: Integrative Family Play Therapy with Neurodivergent Children Understanding Sensory Differences: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens Understanding Autism: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens Understanding ADHD: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens Implementing Play Therapy with Groups: Contemporary Issues in Practice Play Therapy Theories and Perspectives: Diversity of Thought in the Field In 2015, I was awarded Play Therapist of the Year by the Missouri Association for Play Therapy. In 2017, I was presented with the APT Service Award by the National Association for Play Therapy. I am currently serving on the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy. I am also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). For speaking, training, and consultation inquires, you may contact me at (417)-755-9042 for more information. You may also email me at drgrant@robertjasongrant.com

Course curriculum

    1. AutPlay Training Completion Checklist

    2. AutPlay Correspondence Training Powerpoint

    3. Autplay Therapy Provider List Link

    4. References

    1. Play and the Neurodivergent Child Video

    2. Disability Terminology - Choosing the Right Words When Talking About Disability

    3. AutPlay Overview Video

    4. Recommended Toys and Materials

    5. AutPlay Therapy Follow Me Approach Video

    6. Follow Me Approach Session Clips

    7. AutPlay Practitioners Guide for Implementing the Follow Me Approach

    8. Thoughts About Behavior Video

    9. AutPlay Limit Setting Guide

    10. AutPlay Case Conseptualization

    1. Attestation

    2. Course Evaluation (Required)

    3. Quiz (Required)

    4. Post Training Form

About this course

  • $475.00
  • 22 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content

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What People Are Saying About This Course

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Highly Recommended - Don't wait!

Kara James Watson

Such a great training! I have been looking at doing the AutPlay Certification for around 2 years. I wish I didn't wait so long to do it. Robert Jason Grant i...

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Such a great training! I have been looking at doing the AutPlay Certification for around 2 years. I wish I didn't wait so long to do it. Robert Jason Grant is a wonderful trainer with a wealth of knowledge. If you have been thinking of doing this training, don't wait!

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Great course

VICTORIA WORLEY

have a great overview of aut play now

have a great overview of aut play now

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Awesome course!

Torsten Dryden

I was thoroughly impressed with Dr. Grant's AutPlay course. The video examples were insightful. I am excited to incorporate AutPlay therapy into my practice.

I was thoroughly impressed with Dr. Grant's AutPlay course. The video examples were insightful. I am excited to incorporate AutPlay therapy into my practice.

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aMust do for ALL playtherapist!

Barry Bryant

All play therapist should include this training in their provider tool box. It was greatly assist them in providing care to not only the client, but the fami...

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All play therapist should include this training in their provider tool box. It was greatly assist them in providing care to not only the client, but the family as well!

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Very good!

Pamela Meyers

Informational!

Informational!

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