Play Therapy Theories are So Playful: An Engaging Look at Play Therapy Theories

6 Non-Contact Hours approved by DR. Robert Jason Grant APT Approved Provider #12-318 **No IBCCES credits or NBCC credits available for this course.** | taught by Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

Course description

This training focuses on 10 seminal and historically significant theories of play therapy. Further discussion includes how to align with and find your best fit in theory implementation. 

This is a self-paced home study training. 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. 

If you are counting this training toward the 150 hours to become an RPT or RPT-S, the 6 hours can be calculated as any combination of 6 toward play therapy seminal or historically significant theories, 6 toward special topics, and 6 toward applicants choice. 

If you have any questions while completing the training, you may contact Jen Taylor or Robert Jason Grant

This is a self-paced online/home study training that focuses on the Association for Play Therapy’s ten seminal and historically significant play therapy theories (child centered play therapy, Adlerian play therapy, filial therapy, Gestalt play therapy, cognitive behavioral play therapy, ecosystemic play therapy, Theraplay, developmental play therapy, Jungian play therapy, and object relations play therapy). Each theory is highlighted with accompanying video clip examples, additional readings, and/or techniques. This training further describes a prescriptive and integrative approach to play therapy. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own philosophical and play therapy preferences and contemplate which play therapy theories best align with the work they enjoy doing. 

Learning Objectives:
1) List the main tenets of Child Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy and Adlerian Play Therapy.
2) List the main tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy, and Ecosystemic Play Therapy.
3) List the main tenets of Jungian Play Therapy, Theraplay, Developmental Play Therapy, and Object Relations Play Therapy.
4) Describe a prescriptive and integrative play therapy approach.
5) Identify a play therapist "best fit" for aligning with theories and approaches.
6) Describe the variances and the common feature among play therapy theories. 

Robert  Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS
Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is a licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist. He owns and operates the Robert Jason Grant Ed.D AutPlay Therapy Clinic.

Dr. Grant specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. 

He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an ASD and neurodevelopmental disorders therapy incorporating play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy provider and trained in many established ASD treatment approaches. Dr. Grant is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma related therapy for children and adults. 

Dr. Grant is an international speaker and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. He is a multi-published author of several articles, book chapters, and books including the following best-selling books:

Dr. Grant is a founding board member for the non-profit organization Stars for Autism. He is a current board member for the Association for Play Therapy. He is also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). You may contact Dr. Grant to schedule an appointment or inquire about scheduling him to speak at your support group, workshop, or seminar. Feel free to connect with him via his Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. If you have questions for Dr. Grant you may email him at

APT credits available as listed in the course description are provided by Dr. Robert Jason Grant, EdD., LPC, RPT-S, ACAS, approved provider 12-318. Play Therapy Credit is available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. 

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is also a Certified Training Partner for the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Please contact Dr. Grant at to request further information. 

Technical support for this course is provided by Jennifer Taylor of Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Service, LLC.