Course Description

This training is a 1 hour recorded webinar focusing on a basic overview of play therapy theories.     

A PowerPoint is provided to follow along with the recorded webinar. 

It is expected that you will complete (watch) the whole webinar and not skip over any parts of this training. There is a post exam at the end of the webinar. 

If you are counting this training toward the 150 hours to become an RPT or RPT-S, the 1 hours can be calculated as play therapy seminal or historically significant theories, special topics, or toward applicants’ choice.  

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

This recorded webinar identifies the 10 seminal and historically significant play therapy theories identified by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). The similarities and differences of play therapy theories will be discussed as well as the difference between a play therapy theory and a play-based approach. A brief history will be presented and information about prescriptive play therapy and integrative play therapy will be covered. 

Learning Objectives:
1) List the APT identified 10 seminal and historically significant play therapy theories.
2) Identify at least one similarity and one difference among play therapy theories. 
3) Understand the difference between a play therapy theory and a play-based approach.  


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

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist. He owns and operates the AutPlay Therapy clinic in Southwest, MO. Dr. Grant specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, including working with autistic children, neurodivergent children, and those diagnosed with ADHD and other developmental disabilities. He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy approach. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy and 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 titles: AutPlay® Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Play-Based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Understanding Sensory Processing Challenges, A Workbook for Children and Teens. Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder, A Workbook for Children and Teens. Understanding ADHD: A Workbook for Children and Teens. AutPlay® Therapy Play and Social Skills Groups: A Ten Session Model. Play Therapy Theories and Perspectives: Diversity of Thought in the Field. Dr. Grant is a founding board member for the non-profit organization Stars for Autism. He is currently serving on the board of directors (president elect) 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). Dr. Grant is also a Certified Behavioral Life Coach through the PeopleKeys® program and provides life coaching, consultations, and play therapy supervision services. He is also a Board Certified Telepractice Specialist providing therapy and coaching through tele processes.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Description & Learning Objectives

    • Training Refund Policy

    • Tips for Completing the Course (Updated)

  • 2

    Course Materials

    • Play Therapy Theories: A Basic Overview Powerpoint

    • Play Therapy Theories: A Basic Overview

    • References

  • 3

    Finish Course and Get Certificate

    • Course Evaluation (Required)

    • Quiz (Reqiured)

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