Play Therapy Training Programs

Approved Training

Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute - APT Approved Provider 06-179, CAPT Approved Provider 09-104


Registration/Certification in Play Therapy

These programs are for therapists with a Masters degree in a mental health field (or who are enrolled in a Masters level program in a mental health field). RMPTI provides a continuous integrative training experience for professionals interested in becoming registered/certified as a play therapist.


Therapeutic Play Certificates 


The Purple Stream programs are designed for counselling practitioners currently working with children or who would like to increase their skills working with children.  Purple stream programs offer an introduction to therapeutic play skills as applied in a variety of settings. Practitioners may broaden their current knowledge and skills when working with play-based and expressive activities.

To assist in the process of selecting a training program that is right for you, view the video below and visit the different program pages. Each coloured stream offers a unique training option.

RMPTI Training Programs 

In North America there are two routes to choose from. The APT route is shorter in terms of training, supervision, and practice hours, and gains access to a large internationally recognized professional organization.

APTAPT Route: To become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with the Association for Play Therapy (APT), one of the requirements is to complete 150 hours of approved training in play therapy. The Green Stream, combined with the Red Stream, provides 150 play therapy training hours.

APT credentialing standards require participants to complete play therapy training, sequentially, in three phases. In addition, instructional hours, clinical experience and supervision hours must be accrued during these three phases, in a time period of no less than two years (and no more than 7 years).

As sequential and integrated programs, the Green and Red Streams programs are conceptualized in three phases; Green Stream – phase 1 (first 5 days); Green Stream – beginning phase 2 (remaining 4 days); Red Stream – ending phase 2 (first 3 days); Red Stream – phase 3 (remaining 6 days).

APT reserves the right to review any/all training hours submitted for registration as a play therapist. 

CAPTCAPT Route: To become a Certified Play Therapist (CPT) with the Canadian Association of Play Therapy (CAPT), Canadian standards require 180 hours of play therapy training from a CAPT Approved Provider, or from an institute of higher learning. Participants who intend to become Certified Play Therapists should take the Green Stream, Red Stream +plus, and one of the core (3-Day) Yellow Stream Certificate programs. It is recommended that participants take the Yellow Stream Certificate in Sandplay with Special Populations to fulfill the 180 hour requirement. CAPT reserves the right to review any/all training hours submitted for registration as a play therapist.

Note: RMPTI is not a registering body for play therapists. Rather, RMPTI provides approved training. For details regarding registration with the two main bodies, see the links below. APT and CAPT alone hold the right to accept or deny any continuing education training at their discretion.

International Training Opportunities

RMPTI courses, including online supervision and customized training programs, are available for delivery throughout the world by certified members of the core training team. In many cases, programs are organized as part of a collaborative partnership with a host organization. These programs can be provided at your site. International students are welcome to attend any of the training programs at the RMPTI site which occur regularly throughout the year.

Please click on the training calendar for more details.
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