The Essentials of Play Therapy, 1st Edition


About the Course
The Child Mind Institute (2015) reports that nearly 50% of children in the United States meet criteria for a mental health disorder, yet only 7.4% will receive mental health treatment - which could be due, in part, to a lack of training, knowledge, and experience in therapists on how to work with young children. Nonetheless, children suffering the effects of trauma, anxiety, and depression show up regularly in clinical spaces throughout this country. This basic-level course describes the therapeutic and developmental value of play and the two predominant models of treatment: child-centered play therapy and cognitive behavioral play therapy.

Social Workers completing this course receive 2 clinical social work continuing education credits.
Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Counselors will receive 2 credit hours upon successfully completing this course.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the developmental functions and therapeutic value of play.
  • Describe the theory and practice of child-centered play therapy.
  • Describe the theory and practice of cognitive behavioral play therapy.
  • Explain multicultural issues in play therapy.
  • Answer common questions clinicians have about conducting play therapy.

About the Author
Stephen Demanchick, PhD, LMHC, RPT, is an associate professor of art therapy at Nazareth College and director of the Play Therapy Center in the Creative Arts Therapy Department in New York. Dr. Demanchick's clinical and research interests include play therapy, filial therapy, school-based prevention, and clinical supervision. He is the editor for the International Journal of Play Therapy and was appointed to coedit The Person-Centered Journal. He was awarded the American Association for Play Therapy Service Award for 2011. Dr. Demanchick has published several book chapters, articles, and book reviews on the topic of play therapy.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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