YELLOW STREAM: Intensive Specialized Certificate Programs

One-Day Programs

Each program provides training hours toward Certification/Registration as a Play Therapist.
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Expert Witness Testimony for Play Therapists

PROGRAM DURATION: One Day

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This one-day training program focuses on the play therapists role as expert in providing court testimony. Following an introduction to court procedures, roles and protocols, participants will examine the process of qualifying as an expert through video demonstration and role-play activities. A Court- Readiness Scale guides participants to examine critical factors in preparing file documents and presenting a professional CV. Numerous strategies for formulating, presenting and defending clinical opinions are outlined and explored through case vignettes and practical exercises. Ethical and legal issues are also examined as they apply to clinical child work. Materials are included.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Program participants will gain an understanding of court procedures and roles and will learn practical strategies for presenting and defending clinical opinions. Participants will also learn critical documentation strategies and understand ethical issues pertaining to expert testimony by play therapists.

RECOMMENDED READING

Barsky, A.E. (1997). Counselors as witnesses. Aurora Professional Press, Aurora, Ont.

Vogl, R. & Bala, N. (2001). Testifying on behalf of children: A handbook for Canadian professionals. Thompson Educational Publishing, Inc, Toronto.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Participants will receive a Certificate confirming the completion of 6 hours of specialized play therapy training approved by APT and CACPT. The Certificate of Attendance cannot be used towards CACPT purposes for Foundation Child/Play Therapy requirements towards certification as a Certified Play Therapist (CPT) or Certified Play Therapist Associate (CPT-A).

The certificate will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Satisfactory attendance (no whole module may be missed unless there are extenuating circumstances).

Working with Metaphors and Storytelling

PROGRAM DURATION: One Day

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This one-day training program focuses on the power of metaphors, symbolism and storytelling in play therapy. It begins with an exploration of the underlying mechanisms of change, followed by an understanding of how these mechanisms are represented and utilized during the course of play therapy. Client mediating factors are examined along with critical success factors such as therapist immersion and providing safety and distance. Through an examination of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model, participants will learn strategies for selecting, pacing, elaborating and tracking the effectiveness of storytelling activities. Applications to a variety of play modalities will be explored, such as puppets, art-making, music and movement. Materials are included and participants will have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning activities.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Program participants will understand underlying mechanisms of change and important decision-making factors as they relate to therapeutic storytelling. Participants will also learn how to facilitate movement in therapy through strategies for observing, tracking and elaborating play across various modalities. Program participants will also be able to design and construct therapeutic stories for specific referral issues.

RECOMMENDED READING

Mills, J. & Crowley, R. (1986). Therapeutic metaphors for children and the child within. Philadelphia, PA: Brunner/Mazel.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Program participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute. This certificate confirms the completion of 6 hours of specialized play therapy training approved by APT (Approved Provider #06-179), and CACPT. All training hours count toward certification or registration as a play therapist.

Play Therapy with Children of Divorce

PROGRAM DURATION: One Day

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This one-day training program focuses on specific factors related to separation and divorce. Participants will learn about a number of play- based interventions when dealing with children and adolescents of separation and divorce. Issues covered when working with this population include: stages of therapy, parent alienation, legal and ethical issues, providing feedback to parents, directive versus non-directive activities and writing reports for the court system.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will have a general understanding of the special issues related to separation and divorce and experience specific play-based activities to use with children and adolescents. The course will offer students an introduction to working with families of divorce and a way to identify issues that could potentially lead to court involvement.

RECOMMENDED READING

Neuman, G. (1998). Helping your kids cope with divorce the sandcastles way. New York: Times Books.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Participants will receive a Certificate confirming the completion of 7 hours of specialized play therapy training approved by APT and CACPT. The Certificate of Attendance cannot be used towards CACPT purposes for Foundation Child/Play Therapy requirements towards certification as a Certified Play Therapist (CPT) or Certified Play Therapist Associate (CPT-A).

The certificate will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Satisfactory attendance (no whole module may be missed unless there are extenuating circumstances).

Play Therapy for Bullies and Victims

PROGRAM DURATION: One Day

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This one-day training program provides an overview of the special issues related to bullies and victims. Participants will be exposed to current research and theory. The myths and facts related to the bully the bullied and the various by-stander roles will be discussed. Specific play-based approaches to working with bullies and victims will be presented using two case examples. Those in attendance will engage in a number of play-based experiential activities and have the opportunity to discuss their own case examples. Participants will be exposed to the spectrum of bullying behaviors and learn how to identify the degree to which the bullying is occurring. Outside system and parent involvement will be discussed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will gain an overall understanding of the factors and special dynamics related to the assessment and treatment of bullies and victims. Those in attendance will experience and take away a number of specific play-based interventions for use with bullies and victims. Participants will be more aware of assessing the degree of harm delivered by various bullies and received by their victims. Attendees will gain some ideas on how to intervene with parents and outside systems.

RECOMMENDED READING

Coloroso, B. (2002). The bully, the bullied and the bystander. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Participants will receive a Certificate confirming the completion of 6 hours of specialized play therapy training approved by APT and CACPT. The Certificate of Attendance cannot be used towards CACPT purposes for Foundation Child/Play Therapy requirements towards certification as a Certified Play Therapist (CPT) or Certified Play Therapist Associate (CPT-A).

The certificate will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Satisfactory attendance (no whole module may be missed unless there are extenuating circumstances).

Brief Play Techniques to Resolve Issues Related to Children’s Adjustment

PROGRAM DURATION: One Day

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This one-day training program focuses on brief intervention strategies when working with a variety of children’s adjustment issues. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of therapeutic play as preventing cumulative adjustment difficulties, which compound developmental lags. Materials are included and participants will have the opportunity to engage in experiential

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Program participants will gain the opportunity to study the restorative qualities of play, learn when and how to implement play techniques, and discover ways to explain their interventions to parents and systems.

RECOMMENDED READING

Kaduson, H. & Schaefer, C. Eds. (1998). 101 favorite play therapy techniques. New Jersey: Jason Aronson.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Participants will receive a Certificate confirming the completion of 6 hours of specialized play therapy training approved by APT and CACPT. The Certificate of Attendance cannot be used towards CACPT purposes for Foundation Child/Play Therapy requirements towards certification as a Certified Play Therapist (CPT) or Certified Play Therapist Associate (CPT-A).

The certificate will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Satisfactory attendance (no whole module may be missed unless there are extenuating circumstances).