Course Description

About This Training:
This is a non-contact online/home study training that focuses on incorporating board games into play therapy.   

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  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

This training focuses on using board games (traditional, therapeutic, therapist created, and tablet games) in play therapy. Typical uses, special considerations, and skill gains related to using board games in play therapy will be covered. Play therapy approaches that integrate board games will be presented along with examples of the therapeutic powers of play. Ways to incorporate board games to align with treatment goals will be covered. Several popular board games will be discussed with examples of modification for a more therapeutic experience. Video clip examples will be presented, and experiential exercises provided. This correspondence training is completed from home but includes an interactive/experiential component where participants are asked to complete exercises. Complete this informative and interactive correspondence training at your own pace, gain CE Hours, and enhance your therapy skills.

Learning Objectives
1) Define at least four common uses for board games in play therapy.
2) Describe special considerations when using board games in play therapy.
3) Differentiate categories of board games including traditional, therapeutic, therapist created, and tablet games.
4) Name at least five ways to modify traditional board games in ways that are more therapeutic and address play therapy treatment goals.
5) Explain at least 10 board game interventions to use in pay therapy.
6) Describe special considerations when using tablets in play therapy sessions.

Continuing Education:
This training is approved for 6 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 6 hours can be calculated as any combination of 6 toward special topics, 6 toward applicants’ choice.

- 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.


Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, RPT-S

Dr. Robert Jason Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. 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

  • 2

    Course Materials

    • Using Board Games in Play Therapy Powerpoint

    • Exercise One Video Clip Board Games Through the Ages (Video link in the powerpoint presentation)

    • Exercise Two How Have You Used Board Games

    • Exercise Three Article The Use of Games in Play Therapy

    • video clip Tabletop Roleplaying Games as Social Practice.

    • Exercise Five: Video Clip Using Board Games in Play Therapy Part 1 and 2 (video links in powerpoint presentation)

    • Exercise Six - Video Clip Break the Ice (Video Link in the powerpoint presentation)

    • Exercise Seven: Create a Game

    • Exercise Eight: Link to Why I am Obsessed with Cooperative Board Games by Jen Taylor (Article)

    • Exercise Nine: Let's Play

    • Exercise ten: Article Video Games in Psychotherapy

    • References & Resources

  • 3

    Finish Course and Get Certificate

    • Course Evaluation (Required)

    • Quiz (Required)