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  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Stephen Demanchick, PhD, LMHC, RPT
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Karrie Swan, PhD
  • Stefani Misiph, MA, LMHC, RPT-S
Item#: B4256
Contents: 1 Course Book (56 pages)

The Essentials of Play Therapy

Price $19.95
Item # C6543
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: July 25, 2018

Expiration Date: July 25, 2021

The Child Mind Institute (2015) reports that nearly 50% of children in the United States meet criteria for a mental health disorder, yet only 7.4% will receive mental health treatment – which could be due, in part, to a lack of training, knowledge, and experience in therapists on how to work with young children. Nonetheless, children suffering the effects of trauma, anxiety, and depression show up regularly in clinical spaces throughout this country. This basic-level course describes the therapeutic and developmental value of play and the two predominant models of treatment: child-centered play therapy and cognitive behavioral play therapy.


2 NBCC hours will be awarded upon completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize the developmental functions and therapeutic value of play.
  • Describe the theory and practice of child-centered play therapy.
  • Describe the theory and practice of cognitive behavioral play therapy.
  • Explain multicultural issues in play therapy.
  • Answer common questions clinicians have about conducting play therapy.

Stephen Demanchick, PhD, LMHC, RPT, is an associate professor of art therapy at Nazareth College and director of the Play Therapy Center in the Creative Arts Therapy Department in New York. Dr. Demanchick’s clinical and research interests include play therapy, filial therapy, school-based preven­tion, and clinical supervision. He is the editor for the International Journal of Play Therapy and was appointed to coedit The Person-Centered Journal. He was awarded the American Association for Play Therapy Service Award for 2011. Dr. Demanchick has published several book chapters, articles, and book reviews on the topic of play therapy.

Karrie Swan, PhD, is currently an assistant professor at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Swan received a PhD in counselor education from the University of North Texas, where she specialized in child-centered play therapy. Dr. Swan has written several national peer-reviewed journal articles on play therapy and has done creative counseling interventions for children and adolescents.

Stefani Misiph, MA, LMHC, RPT-S, is an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University, where she teaches advanced play therapy and clinical supervision. Ms. Misiph maintains a private play therapy practice and provides play therapy supervision. She received a master’s degree in expressive therapy and mental health counseling, and she works with children, adolescents, and families. Ms. Misiph is the current president of the New England Association for Play Therapy.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.