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  • Comprehensive Youth Services (CYS) 4545 North West Avenue Fresno, CA, 93705 United States (map)

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The Child Leads the Way: Child Centered Play Therapy Training

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Course Description: Child Centered Play Therapy is a core skill for helping children, ages 3 to 12, who are experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties. CCPT is a humanistic therapy based on the premise that play is the language of children, that growth and healing develops from fully and completely accepting the child exactly as she or he is and that safety and structure are essential ingredients. This course will cover the foundation and principals of CCPT, teach the skills, increase understanding of play themes, including trauma play and discuss ways to include parents. Course will include videos and experiential skill practice.

Learning Objectives
1. Summarize the principals of Child Centered Play Therapy (as developed by Virginia Axline)
2. List and describe the basic 4 skills of Child Centered Play Therapy
3. Perform the 4 basic skills of Child Centered Play Therapy
4. Name 1 type of presenting situation for which CCPT would usually be contra-indicated
6. Describe how CCPT is helpful for children who have experienced trauma

Who should attend: Counselors, therapists, probation/parole officers and medical personnel working in mental health or addiction treatment programs.

Presenter: Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S has been in practice for over 25 years, and currently practices in Oakland, CA. She is a national Child Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy trainer. She received the 2009 Outstanding Contribution to Filial Therapy Practice and Training Award. Her trainings have been described as lively, encouraging, responsive to individual needs, informative, interactive and fun.

8:30-9a Registration/Sign-In
9-9:20a Introductions, Remembering Childhood guided imagery and small group process
9:20-10:30a Didactic and Video, History and principals of Child Centered Play Therapy (developed by Virginia Axline), CCPT and Neuroscience, Goals of Child Centered Play Therapy, Video of a CCPT session
10:30-10:40a Break
10:40-12p Four skills of CCPT: Structuring, Empathic Listening, Imaginative Role Play and Limit Setting, Description and practice.
12-1p LUNCH
1-1:30 Skills practice continued
1:30-2:30p Thematic play and Stages of CCPT, Video
2:30-2:40p Break
2:40-3:20p Trauma and CCPT
3:20-4p Involving Parents, Evaluations

CEU’s: Attendance meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and/or LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Prov. # 131780.

APT: 6 Contact Play Therapy Credit Hours.
Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S is an approved trainer for the Association of Play Therapy (APT 09-241). 

Cancelations/Grievances/ADA: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs. Full Refunds will be provided with 5 day written notice of cancelation. Cancelations less than 5 days prior to event or in cases of Non-Attendance refunds will not be granted. If you have questions or to report grievances, please contact Cristina Rodriguez 559-256-0985 email:

California Psychological Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and/or LEP’s. California Psychological Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course content.

Certificates will be hand delivered at time of training sign-out. Registration fee includes light continental breakfast or afternoon refreshments and Certificate of Completion and/or Continuing Education Units and session handouts. Lunch will not be provided.