Play Therapy in Schools

April 30, 2021 and May 7, 2021 10:00AM-1:00PM ET


April 30, 2021 and May 7, 2021

10:00AM - 1:00PM Eastern Time

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time


Live Webinar


In many ways a school is an ideal setting for Play Therapy to occur, however there are some challenges. This workshop will aim to explore how children can be appropriately identified to receive Play Therapy and how Play Therapy can be undertaken effectively in the school setting. It will look at factors that may impact on the Play Therapy and the Play Therapist. It will explore the different aspects of being employed in the school and of being a freelance Play Therapist commissioned for specific time periods. This workshop will look at the relationship between the Play Therapist and school staff, explore perceptions that school staff may have in regards to the process of Play Therapy and how the Play Therapy will impact back in the classroom. It aims to provide a theoretical basis whilst providing practical strategies that will equip trainee and experienced Play Therapists to provide a Play Therapy service within schools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the ethical issues of undertaking Play Therapy in Schools
  • Develop procedures for setting up effective Play Therapy in Schools
  • Explain what the different parties (Play Therapists, child, parents/carers, teachers) need to know to undertake Play Therapy in schools
  • List the benefits of undertaking Play Therapy in Schools
  • Identify factors that may impact the Play Therapy in Schools
  • Plan strategies to support the effectiveness of Play Therapy in Schools

Your Instructor

Sonia Murray
Sonia Murray

Sonia Murray holds a Diploma in Social Work and is a registered Play Therapist with the British Association of Play Therapists. She has thirty years of experience as a practitioner in the fields of child abuse, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, children’s mental health, childhood trauma, parenting programmes and Play Therapy. Sonia trains nationally and internationally on topics related to Play Therapy, understanding behaviour, play, communicating with children, behaviour management, positive parenting. Her work history includes employment as a childcare Social Worker, parent worker, Play Therapist in Education and Social Care and Health settings. Sonia provides consultation, supervision and training in both statutory and voluntary fields of children and young people’s services. Sonia has also contributed to a number of publications, including a chapter on Play Therapy in Schools in Becoming & Being a Play Therapist.

Sonia has served on the Board of Directors for British Association of Play Therapists in a variety of capacities including Treasurer and chair of Business and Research sub-committees for nearly ten years. Sonia is passionate about understanding children and young people and gains so much from supporting and advising others who are wanting to develop children, young people and families’ lives.

Course Curriculum

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CE Information:
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (6hrs) CONTACT CE Hours. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

APT CE Area: Special Topic

Please Note: The CE certificate will be awarded within 3 business days to those who attend the entire webinar, complete a multiple choice test, and fill out course evaluations. No partial credit will be given. Play Therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Effective May 15, 2020 through June 30, 2021, APT Approved Providers may temporarily offer "contact" hours for online continuing education." All of our Live webinars during this time period will meet APT's requirements to provide "Contact CE" credit. In order to be eligible, participants must keep their cameras on throughout the webinar. Please contact us with any questions.

For general information, special needs, or grievances, please contact Beth Couturier at [email protected] You will receive a response within 24 hours

This course is closed for enrollment.