APT content area: Skills & Methods, Seminal Theories, Special Topics


This training will be experiential.  It will review and incorporate the basic child centered play therapy knowledge and skills into a hands on practice.  Social/cultural and ethical issues will be addressed throughout the experiences leading to discussions on advanced child centered play therapy.

Learning Objectives:

1) Discuss child centered Play Therapy from the therapist viewpoint and from the client viewpoint.
2) Demonstrate  child centered play therapy as a therapist through mock play therapy sessions.
3) Assess child centered play therapy skills used in a mock play therapy session. This assessment will cover basic and advanced knowledge of child centered play therapy.
4) Discuss ethical concerns, social and cultural diversity seen in child centered play therapy.

Instructor Bio:

Lisa has over 25 years counseling experience that ranges from school counseling to private practice, to full time university instructor in counseling. Lisa has been using Play Therapy extensively in her practices since 2001. She has presented numerous counseling and play therapy workshops for CE credit and supervises future therapists and Play therapists. After retiring from Eastern New Mexico University in 2015, Lisa moved to Santa Fe, NM where she has worked with the Military Family Life Counselor Program (MFLC) and currently the Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy Institute of New Mexico.

Lisa Dykes-Harrell, LPCC, RPT-S