APT content area: Ethics Special Topics


Play Therapists have a commitment and a responsibility to act ethically and to expect this of their colleagues, supervisees, supervisors.  This webinar will review state licensing board’s and primary mental health association’s ethical mandates for licensees and how these requirements were incorporated throughout the 2019  APT Best Practices.  This will be achieved by utilizing play therapy vignettes, discovering its purpose and how it has been influenced in order to create guidelines for the instruction, supervision, and practice of play therapy


1) Compare various Codes of Ethics, the federal and state role in mental health and how they impact APT Best Practices

2) Identify the purpose for codes and the reason for implementing APT Best Practices

3) Utilize ethical play therapy vignettes to recognize how they apply to APT Best Practices

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