APT content area: Skills & Methods and Special Topics



Professional board complaints are on the rise. The evolution of mental health treatment includes changes in how we engage in our professional mission; how we relate to clients/colleagues and society; the intervention methods we use and the resolution of ethical dilemmas in practice. (Reamer) Additionally we have an “ongoing obligation to demonstrate competence in the provision of service that are sensitive to client’s cultures and to difference among people and cultural groups” (NASW Code of Ethics 2017)
Play therapy professional competence includes the regular review of ethics (most state licensing boards require ethics training with each renewal period) in mental health treatment with providers practicing the 8- point process of mitigating complaints. The rationale for ongoing play therapy training in ethics include the: contemporary challenges (digital age); the history of ethics; ongoing ethical dilemmas for review; the need to understand the core elements of why we place importance on ethical standards and more.


At the end of this course participants, through a play therapy lens, will be able to:
•Describe the differences between ethics, values, morals, and law as it relates to play therapy treatment
•Describe specific play therapy ethical issues that could arise in the treatment with minors and caregivers where the focus is child centered play therapy
•Analyze professional forms useful in play therapy treatment to reduce the potential of the above ethical complaints
•Identify the 8 steps of how to mitigate an ethical complaint utilizing child centered play therapy vignettes to demonstrate how to use the 8-step protocol (Reamer)
•Describe five potential play therapy ethical dilemmas that could arise related to the internet, social media, telehealth and the pandemic
•Identify general methods of professional self- care.  

Specific recommendations will be reviewed for the play therapist professional faced with a board complaint.

Instructor Bio:

Teri has a 37-year private practice treating children and providing consultation to professionals and parents. A member of APT since 1985 and co-founder and first president of the Arizona APT, she served 6 years on the APT Boar (Chaired in 2000) and is currently a board member of the National APT Foundation. Teri is an international presenter in play therapy, parent coach and has produced 4 educational play therapy films for long distance learning. In 2010 she was honored with the Arizona District and State NASW Lifetime Achievement Award. Teri is licensed in both Arizona and Maryland. You can contact her at: www.playtherapy.tv or terikrull@playtherapy.tv

Teri Krull, LCSW, RPT-S, DCSW (NASW)