Child Centered Play Therapy Intensive, July 2020—ONLINE


Sunday July 12 and Sunday July 19, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM—NOW OVER ZOOM

1 hour lunch and 2 15 minute breaks each day will not be counted toward the 12 CEs awarded.

This friendly and welcoming small group training is for therapists, counselors, social workers and others who work with children ages 3 to 12 and who are interested in learning Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), a core skill for helping children who are experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties. CCPT is a humanistic therapy based on the premise that play is the language of children, that growth and healing develop from fully and completely accepting the child exactly as she or he is and that safety and structure are essential ingredients.

Seats Available!




Online via Zoom

This course is designed for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, pre-licensed associates and graduate mental health students


On Day 1, the focus will be on theory and practice. The essential CCPT skills, structuring, empathic listening, imaginary play and limit setting, will be taught through the use of lectures, videos, roleplays and individualized, supportive feedback.

On Day 2, the focus will be on role plays of CCPT sessions, understanding themes, recognizing stages of therapy and tracking progress. Difficult types of play will be reviewed. Involving parents will be covered. Lecture, videos and roleplays will be used. Participants are encouraged to bring case material.

Karen Pernet has been in practice for over 25 years and is a national CCPT and Filial Therapy trainer. She was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Contribution to FT Practice and Training Award. Her trainings have been described as lively, encouraging, responsive to individual needs, informative, interactive and fun. One participant said “I am so glad I took the training…Already there are big changes..clients are sharing more spontaneously about…traumas…I am (again) allowing in the dark play…and the work is fun again.”

Jeannette Harroun MFT, RPT-S is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist. She has a private practice in Lafayette, CA where she provides psychotherapy and individual consultation and supervision. Her approach to therapy is described as positive, warm and playful. She works with children, teens and parents in addressing a variety of concerns including self-regulation, self-esteem, attachment, tantrums and impulsivity, parenting/co-parenting/blended family issues, anxiety, depression, school and motivational issues, trauma, and divorce. She is currently a collaborative supervisor for the Wright Institute and has been an adjunct faculty member with the University of Phoenix and a workshop provider with John F. Kennedy University.

After the training participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the principals of Child Centered Play Therapy (as developed by Virginia Axline)
  2. Describe what is meant by each of Axline’s 8 principles of CCPT
  3. List the basic 4 skills of CCPT
  4. Perform the 4 basic skills of CCPT
  5. Name 3 types of presenting situations for which Child Centered Play Therapy would be helpful
  6. Name 1 types of presenting situation for which Child Centered Play Therapy would usually be contraindicated.
  7. Appropriately handle a wide range of possible situations in play sessions
  8. Describe the difference between content and  themes and how that is useful in reviewing and evaluating play therapy sessions.
  9. List 2 ways to meaningfully involve parents in the play therapy process

12 CEs-$25 additional charge. Purchase separately. Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy (Provider #76949) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’S, LCSW’S, LPCC’S AND LEP’S. SICGT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Growth through Play Therapy is an approved provider for the Association for Play Therapy APT 09-241  No extra charge for APT approval. These workshops and presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support
Partial credit cannot be offered.

Full refund if canceled 30 days in advance minus a $50 administrative fee. After that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list.

Contact Karen Pernet at or 510-923-0520

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Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S

Oakland, CA 94602

I would be glad to hear from you and to share information about my services: psychotherapy, general supervision for pre-licensed therapist, specialized supervision for therapists working becoming  Registered Play Therapists, consultations for experienced therapists and trainings in play therapy and sandtray therapy.