blue streamBLUE STREAM (Post-Certification stream):
Play Therapy Supervision Certification Program

Play Therapy Supervisor Route

The Supervision Certification program is designed to formally prepare participants to supervise child and play therapists. Participants will have the opportunity to explore various models of supervision and receive specialized training in the Play Therapy Dimensions Model.

During the program, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups, debrief supervisory experiences, learn about practical playful supervision strategies, and review supervision videos. The program provides 21 direct contact hours and is designed for Registered/Certified Play Therapists.

NOTE: APT and CAPT alone hold the right to accept or deny any continuing education training at their discretion

Who Should Attend?

The Play Therapy Supervision Certification Program (Blue Stream) is intended for Registered/Certified Play Therapists who wish to become Certified or Registered Play Therapy Supervisors. APT and CAPT alone hold the right to accept or deny training hours leading to registration or certification as a play therapy supervisor. Program entrance requirements includes a Master's DegreeĀ in a mental health field and specialized Play Therapy training.Ā Ā It is helpful if participants have access to supervisees and are actively engaged in supervision, but this is not mandatory to begin this course.

Presented by Dr. Lorri Yasenik, PhD, RSW, RPT-S, CPT-S
Duration: 3-day intensive (21 hours) Blended Live-In Room or Live-On-line
Assignment 1. 5 hours
Mastery Quiz

Required Reading (Textbook):

Drewes, A., & Mullen, J. A., (Eds.). (2024). Supervision can be playful: Techniques for child and play therapist supervisors (2nd ed.). Roman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc.
Gil, E., & Drewes A. A.,(Eds.). (2021). Cultural issues in play therapy (2nd ed.). Guildford Press

To access program dates see the training calendar.

For full details please refer to the application form.

Cancellation policy

Program Outline

Day 1

  • Definition of supervision
  • Benefits and elements of supervision including clinical, educational and administrative functions
  • Types and models of supervision
  • Supervision in play therapy ā€“ contracting & re-contracting
  • The PTDM Decision-Making Model and integrative approaches to play therapy practice
  • Self-assessment and experiential exercises
  • Homework: Chapter 9 - ā€œUsing the PTDM in Supervisionā€

Day 2

  • Understanding the supervision process
  • Phases of supervision
  • Utilizing the Play Therapy Dimensions Model in supervision


  • Supervision using the PTDM- Demonstration
  • Assessing competencies and matching supervision interventions through use of assessment tools
  • Ethical issues and decision-making

Day 3

  • Ethical supervision
  • Reflective practice in supervision: A supervision model
  • What is reflective practice?
  • An introduction to six ā€œsupervision roomsā€
  • A ā€œnotable incidentā€ (experiential exercise)
  • Reflective Space


  • Responsibilities of the supervisee
  • Difficult supervisee
  • Diversity considerations
  • Developing a contract

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will be able to:

  • Explain a working definition of play therapy supervision
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe the purpose, goals, and role of the play therapy supervisor
  • List the models of supervision for play therapists
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use and application of a specific play therapy model for supervision (Play Therapy Dimensions Model)
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the stage of development of the play therapy supervisee and supervisor
  • Explain a repertoire of creative play therapy supervision strategies
  • Demonstrate an awareness of legal and ethical issues specifically related to work with children and families in play therapy
  • List a variety of process and assessment tools for play therapy supervisors and supervisees
  • Demonstrate an awareness of multicultural and gender-related issues related to supervision for play therapists
  • Describe the necessary skills to make use of video review in play therapy supervision
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify a model to use in future supervision with play therapists


  • Experiential activities
  • Video presentations
  • Case examples/case presentations
  • Slides
  • Role plays
  • Session seminars
  • Reading assignments


Participants will receive a Certificate in Play Therapy Supervision from the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute, indicating 21 direct contact hours. This program follows requirements to become a Certified or Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. Participants will forward their certificate along with their full application package to APT or CAPT for review.

APT, CAPT, & BCPTA Continuing Education Credits will only be awarded to Mental Health Professionals. All credits must be approved by the appropriate governing body and cannot be guaranteed by RMPTI. This training meets the definition of APTā€™s Live-Webinar.

The certificates are awarded on the basis of:

  • Satisfactory attendance and participation
  • Continuous evaluation of course work contributions and ability to work with group dynamics.

How can I apply these skills?

Participants will be able to utilize a model of supervision to more effectively support and guide supervisees. The supervision skills although focused on child and play therapists, can be generalized to supervision of those working with adults and families. You will be able to identify your own development as a supervisor as well as the development of your supervise. You will be able to provide specialized supervision to staff and defend your clinical work and the work of others to various systems. Acquiring specialized supervision skills will enhance your professional credibility in the field of child and play therapy.

Master Class: Advanced Supervision for Play Therapy Supervisors: The Reflective PractitionerĀ 

~ 6 hours offered in one day or over two sessions ā€“ check the training calendar for dates


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