Minnesota Counseling and Therapy Center

"Supporting children, adults, couples, and families"

Professional Training

****COMING IN 2016****

Sponsored by Minnesota Counseling and Therapy Center

Location: TBD

Join us as Erin Leach, MA, LMFT, RPT-S presents:



“PLAY THERAPY 101”

Play Therapy 101: An Introduction to the Basic Concepts and Practices

Play Therapy Credits: 7, APT Approved Provider 15-400


         This workshop will introduce participants to the basic information needed to understand and practice play therapy. Topics presented include the functions of play, child centered vs. directive play therapy, and basic skills through description and demonstration, and will emphasize practicing these concepts through role play. This training includes active participation and engagement of the material to encourage therapists to integrate the concepts of play therapy into methods that address problems at the root level and can be easily incorporated into the currently used clinical frameworks of the participants.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will gain an initial understanding of the basic concepts and skills of play therapy, as well as the ability to apply these skills and concepts to their clinical work. 

Participants will witness and practice basic play therapy skills.



“The Therapeutic Powers of Play”

The Therapeutic Powers of Play: How to Apply Schaefer’s Factors to Practice

Play Therapy Credits: 7, APT Approved Provider 15-400


      This workshop will focus on Charles Schaefer’s 20 Core Agents of Change and will include a brief overview of these agents, description and demonstration of these agents in play therapy, and will emphasize practicing these agents through role play. This training includes active participation and engagement of the material to encourage therapists to integrate the therapeutic powers of play into methods that address problems at the root level and can be easily incorporated into the currently used clinical frameworks of the participants.


Learning Objectives:

 Participants will gain an initial understanding of the therapeutic powers of play as well as the ability to apply these powers to their clinical work.

  Participants will witness and practice the 20 Core Agents of Change.



“Theories of Play Therapy”

Theories of Play Therapy: A Look at the Major Theoretical Approaches

Play Therapy Credits: 7, APT Approved Provider 15-400


     One of the strengths of Play Therapy is the diversity of theoretical approaches that are currently being applied in clinical practice with children and adolescents. This workshop will introduce participants to the major theoretical models used in the practice of play therapy, including Psychodynamic Models, Humanistic Models, Systemic Models, and several Emerging Models. This training includes active participation and engagement of the material to encourage therapists to integrate theoretical approaches into methods that address problems at the root level and can be easily incorporated into the currently used clinical frameworks of the participants.


Learning Objectives: 

Participants will gain an initial understanding of the basic concepts and skills of play therapy, as well as the ability to apply these skills and concepts to their clinical work.

  Participants will witness and practice basic play therapy skills.