Course Description

APT credits available for this course are: 1 hour of theory and 1 hour of skills and methods

This 2 hour course will closely examine the roots of the humanistic theoretical foundation of child centered play therapy through examination of the works of Dr. Carl Rogers, his student Dr. Virginia Axline and Dr. Garry Landreth. We will observe video examples of child centered play therapy sessions that exemplify the nature of “playful presence and connection” and then will consider how this level of being with the child client through playful presence and connection can carry over into facilitative and directive play therapy interventions when prescriptively applied to the treatment plan.   

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and describe client centered theoretical orientation and how it translates to child centered play therapy.
  2. Explain how the research supports empirical establishment of efficacy of child centered play therapy.
  3. List and name Axline’s 8 principles of play therapy and name 5 ways play serves as an agent of change and growth.
  4. Describe how and why playful presence and connection with the therapist is so vital for the child client in particular case examples presented.


Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S

Lynn Louise Wonders is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, early childhood specialist and parenting coach.She is the founder and director of Wonders Counseling Services, LLC, an APT-Approved Provider for play therapy continuing education offering clinical services, play therapy supervision and training as well as professional mentoring for therapists developing a career in play therapy.Lynn is certified by Jack Canfield as a coach and trainer, offering seminars, small and large workshops and mastermind programs for therapists and other helping professionals online and in person world-wide.Lynn leads a large community of play therapists from around the world on Facebook and has assisted well over 1,000 therapists in working toward RPT status and building thriving play therapy private practices.Lynn has partnered with Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services for the delivery and management of this course. Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy. (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description.  Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. Jennifer Taylor has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 6928.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly marked.  Jennifer Taylor is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Course curriculum

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