Program Quick Facts
Available Online or On Campus
1.5 CE Hours
This certificate is non-credit but it does qualify for continuing education units.
Play Therapy: Directive and Nondirective Play Therapy, Alderian Play Therapy, and Family Play Therapy
On-Demand - On your own schedule/at your own pace
This series will explore the basics of play therapy techniques that can be used when providing therapy to children and adolescents. The courses emphasize the building of participants' therapeutic skills through a process that combines lecture, demonstration and supervised practice via participant role-plays and mock play sessions.
Insights will be provided on the nature of psychological problems that children and adolescents face and examine how play therapy can be utilized to help them work through their struggles. Viewers will have the opportunity to learn and complete exercises that they can implement in the services that are provided to children and adolescent clients through both individual as well as in group therapy.
Utilizing Play Therapy with Children & Adolescents
In this course, Dr. Maclin will introduce the topic of Directive and Nondirective Play Therapy, Adlerian Play Therapy, and Family Play Therapy. She will teach various exercises such as, H to the Ello, Mostly Me List, Learning to Fight Fair, Fishing for Feelings Card Game, Fam-O-Gram that could be used in any counseling session. The major topics that will be covered in this course are, Types of Play Therapy, What is Directive Play Therapy, What is Non-Directive Play Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), What is Adlerian Play Therapy, Family Therapy, and Filial Play Therapy.
This course will be available to you for 30 days from your registration date. Please complete the course and the quiz within 30 days.
1.5 CE Hours
Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, community counselors, school counselors, lay counselors, in-home mental health providers, social workers, church and ministry leaders, counseling and psychology students.
- Help individual providers of services to children and adolescents consider the nature of the presenting problem and examine techniques that can be utilized with the child or adolescent.
- Provide an explanation and understanding of different play therapy techniques and consider how they can be implemented with children and adolescents.
- Allow providers to practice some techniques before implementing them in practice with children and adolescents.
This course is designed to help you:
- Analyze some of the common psychological problems that children and adolescents present within therapy.
- Discuss how the problems that children and adolescents present in therapy can influence their lives on all levels.
- Describe the affects of unaddressed problems in the life of the child or adolescent.
- Explain the influence of family dynamics on the nature of problems faced by children and adolescents.
- Demonstrate play therapy techniques that can be implemented in the services provided to children and adolescents.
- Describe Jungian, Alderian and trauma focused play therapy techniques.
- Compare the use of directive and non-direct live play therapy with children and adolescents with several different presenting problems.
- Use different play therapy mediums to examine ways of helping children and adolescents address the problems they may encounter.
- Select from a number of different play therapy techniques to begin to use in the services provided to children and adolescents in either individual or group therapy sessions.
Price for Certificate:
On-Demand - On your own schedule/at your own pace
Professional and Continuing Education CE Hours
Psychologists: Regent University's School of Psychology and Counseling Professional and Continuing Education Program is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The School of Psychology and Counseling's Professional and Continuing Education Program maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
Regent University School of Psychology and Counseling's Professional and Continuing Education opportunities are also eligible as psychologists training by the Virginia Board of Psychology (LCP - 18 VAC125-20-122).
Counselors: Regent University, School of Psychology and Counseling, is an NBCC-Approved Professional and Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
In Virginia, the SPC continuing education courses may also fulfill the continuing education requirements for counselors (LPC - 18 VAC 115-20-106), substance abuse treatment providers (LSATP - 18 VAC 115-60-116), and marriage and family therapists (LMFT - 18 VAC 115-50-96).
Dr. Vickey L. Maclin, is a Professor and Resident in Psychology holding a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Clinical Psychology and a M.A. in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Dr. Maclin has taught several courses in child and adolescent psychology and child and adolescent development and she is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and she has attended several of their conference. Dr. Maclin provides play therapy in clinical practice. Dr. Maclin has also worked as a substance abuse counselor with adolescents and their families. She is an Assistant Professor at Regent University in the School of Psychology and Counseling Clinical Psychology Program.
Dr. Maclin's areas of research interest include: cultural competence and diversity issues, and partnerships with African American church and mental health services. Her areas of teaching are with child and adolescents, adult development and aging, personality theories and clinical practica. Some of her areas of clinical work includes working with children and adolescent issues, sexual abuse and trauma with children and adults.
Dr. Donald Walker is a clinical child psychologist who specializes in trauma work with children and in addressing faith issues in therapy with children and teens. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. During his doctoral training, he was trained in Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy for children who have been victims of physical or sexual abuse. He publishes and presents extensive work involving religion, spirituality, and trauma-focused work with children and teens. Dr. Walker is an Assistant Professor at Regent University in the School of Psychology and Counseling Clinical Psychology Program.