Course Overview

This course was created and provided by the Virtual Center of Excellence (VCE), a former project of the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN). Content and format will be updated in the near future to address current accessibility standards. If you are unable to access the content in this section, please contact the imp support team for assistance.

This training explores the dynamics of trauma in a relational and developmental context, and play therapy intervention. Learners will develop skills in assessing levels of complexity of trauma and appropriate play therapy intervention. This would be appropriate for NBCC, CMHP, QMHP.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (3.0), MCBAP-S (0.0), Mi-CEC (0.0), Nursing (0.0)

Topics Covered

Defining Play Therapy.

This course has been designed to provide those direct care workers with youth clients, an overview of what Play Therapy is and how it can be included in larger treatment plans. This course will also help differentiate this type of therapy from others discussed in courses available to direct care workers. 

Using Play Therapy with Your Clients. 

Participants of this course will learn the basics of implementing Play Therapy into their practice. This course will also provide evidence-based best practices regarding this type of therapy and common pitfalls to be aware of when using this in your treatment plans. It is important to note that each client is different and may greatly benefit from play therapy given their situation. This course will help you determine when this will be the best tactic. 

Additional Considerations


Course Objectives

  • Define play therapy and understand the differences in play therapy from other forms (I.e. CBT).
  • Understand best practices when using play therapy with children in various situations.

What People Are Saying

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