The Therapeutic Powers of Play

In recent years play therapy has evolved into one of the most popular and effective models of child psychotherapy. It is rich in both theories as well as a range of modalities for implementing these theories in clinical practice. But what makes play therapy so effective? In this online course, Dr. Charles Schaefer will discuss, in-depth, the core change agents that are inherent in play. These therapeutic powers of play refer to the specific change agents in which play initiates, facilitates, or strengthens their therapeutic effect for play therapy.
This course is comprised of 3.5 hours of audio recording with Dr. Charles Schaefer. The completion of quizzes and a final exam with a score of 80% or higher is required in order to be receive a certificate of completion. The course is estimated to take approximately 4 hours to complete.
This online training provides 4 Non-Contact CE credits.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain how incorporating multiple powers of play can enhance the play therapy treatment.
  • Explain why it is important for a play therapist to be able to match the therapeutic powers of play to the underlying disorder.
  • Identify underlying theories that support the therapeutic powers of play.
  • Identify at least 3 therapeutic powers and how they can be used to treat a child in play therapy.

Your Instructor

Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., RPT-S
Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., RPT-S

Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is Cofounder and Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy, which recognized him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Schaefer is the author or coauthor of more than 100 research articles and author or editor of over 70 professional books, including Prescriptive Play Therapy; Play-Based Interventions for Childhood Anxieties, Fears, and Phobias; and Essential Play Therapy Techniques.

CE Information:

This course provides 4 NON-Contact CE hours. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

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

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

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