The Foundations of Play Therapy

September 21, 2020 and September 24, 2020 10:00AM-1:00PM ET

Date/ Time:

September 21, 2020 and September 24, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00 PM ET

Online- Live Webinar


This introductory course is designed to present a broad, state-of-the-art overview of the field of play therapy. Topics include: theories of play, therapeutic properties of play, developmental perspectives, history and major schools of play therapy, specific play therapy techniques and strategies, play equipment and materials, case illustrations, and research foundations. Videotapes of Play Therapy in action will supplement the didactic presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify three major theories of play therapy.
  • List the four main groups of the therapeutic powers of play as change agents for play therapy.
  • Describe the difference between play therapy for children vs. talk therapy
  • Discuss three practical play therapy techniques
  • Describe some different types of play therapy used with children
  • Demonstrate knowledge about play and play therapy – how to initiate and facilitate.

Your Instructor

Heidi G. Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S
Heidi G. Kaduson Ph.D., RPT-S

Dr. Heidi Gerard Kaduson is a licensed clinical child psychologist in New York and New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She specializes in the evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional and learning problems. She is obtaining her masters in Psychopharmacology for Prescribing Psychologists.
Dr. Kaduson uses play therapy for individual counseling, group psychotherapy, and social skills training. She has lectured throughout the world on Play Therapy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. She has trained and/or supervised thousands of individuals around the world. Dr. Kaduson is Past-President and a past-Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Play Therapy, as well as the Director of The Play Therapy Training Institute, Inc.

Dr. Kaduson is editor and author of many books: The Quotable Play Therapist; The Playing Cure; and 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 More Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Vol. III, Short Term Play Therapy, Game Play Therapy, Short Term Play Therapy, Second Edition, Contemporary Play Therapy, and Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition, Short Term Play Therapy, Third Edition as well as Prescriptive Play Therapy. Dr. Kaduson also has a CEU DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, as well as a DVD Series entitled Play Therapy for Children with ADHD. Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy and play therapy in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

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.

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