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Become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT)

What is Play Therapy?

Child-Centered Play Therapy, Experiential w/ChildrenPlay is described as the child’s world of “make-believe, and play therapy is “a safe place to work through inner conflicts, where toys are used as tools.“ For the therapist, it is one of the best places to learn about the child’s inner thoughts, personality, worries and wishes (Irwin). Giants in the field such as Virginia Axline, Clark Moustakas, Carl Rogers and Haim Ginon have contributed much to the early development of play therapy. Garry Landreth and Louise Guerney later also made significant contributions. Play therapy is a specialized field in which the trained therapist creates an environment where the child uses play to heal.

Why become a Registered Play Therapist?

Mental health services for children ages 3-10 requires specialized training in play therapy. Play therapy is a skill that is not heavily taught in graduate school. Our play therapy institute provides 150 hours of intensive training in play therapy and child psychotherapy to provide the expertise needed to bring about healing to children who present with trauma, behavioral issues, emotional dysregulation, anger, rage, grief and loss, and many other symptoms. Play therapy is no longer a well-kept secret the way it was when we first began the institute in 1997. With extensive research through the efforts of the Association for Play Therapy, this practice is shown to be evidenced-based.

How to become a Registered Play Therapist:

This is a credentialing process through the Association for Play Therapy (APT), a nationwide organization located in California. After completing 150 hours of training and clinical supervision in play therapy, an application is submitted to the APT. CBPS provides over 150 hours of training. Our provider number is APT#97-034. You must be a licensed mental health provider and meet other requirements specified by the APT. Content of training includes history, theory, techniques/methods, and the application of play therapy to special populations and in special settings as recommended by APT. Your credentials would be RPT (Registered Play Therapist). You may also become an RPT-S (Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor). The credential provided is not a license. To obtain first-hand information on how to become an RPT, please visit the APT website at or call Tel. # 559-294-2128.

Training Suitable For:

  • Mental Health Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Advanced Psych Nurses
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Psychologists
  • Art Therapists
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Behavior Specialists, Early Intervention workers
  • Or anyone who work with children’s mental health
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