Introduction to Play Therapy, Sept. 16, 2023 and Oct. 7, 2023 Covid Precautions


Trainer: Katrinca Ford, LMFT, RPT-S
Training Date: Sept 16, and Oct 7, 2023
Training Time: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Training Length: 8 hours (four hours each day)
Training Location: 31 Panoramic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Limited to 10 participants.

4 Seats Available.




Trainer: Katrinca Ford LMFT, RPT-S

Training Dates and Times: Sept. 16 & Oct. 7, 2023   10:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day

Training Length: 4 hours each day

Training Location : 31 Panoramic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Limited to 10 participants:


Training Summary: 
This course contains the information needed to begin working successfully with children in Play Therapy.  It covers the essential history of play therapy, broadens participants’ understanding of play and why it essential to work with children. The course also explains the difference between directive and non-directive play therapy techniques and teaches core skills such as building report, limit setting and non-judgmental reflection.  Techniques applicable to each stage of therapy from assessment through termination will be taught.

A great place to begin for therapists with little or no training in play therapy.

Workshop Objectives: 

  1. Define play therapy and list at least two reasons it is the treatment of choice when working with children
  2. Name at least 3 important names in the history of play therapy and the branch each is associated with
  3. Be able to explain the importance of structure and limit setting in the playroom
  4. Describe the 3 steps of limit setting in the playroom
  5. Explain the core difference between directive and non-directive play therapy techniques
  6. List at least two reasons a therapist might chose non-directive play therapy to work with a particular child or family
  7. List at least two reasons a therapist might chose directive techniques when working with a particular child or family
  8. Describe at least one play therapy technique, directive or non-directive that might be used in each stage of therapy including…
    1. Assessment 
    2. Report building
    3. Working 
    4. Termination 
  9. List at least 4 categories of toys that will be included in most playrooms

Trainer Bio:
Katrinca Ford is a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered play therapist/ supervisor.  She has been providing play therapy to children and families in the Bay Area for 20 years.  Prior to becoming a therapist Katrinca worked with children in a variety of settings including 15+ years teaching preschool.  Currently Katrinca sees children and families in her office in Berkeley, CA and provides parent consultations both in person and online.  Katrinca enjoys sharing what she knows about children, child development and play therapy with others.  She is known for her lively, informative and engaging  trainings.

Continuing Education:
This course meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCC, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Growth Through Play Therapy is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, 1032322, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTS, LCSWS, LPCCS AND LEPS. They maintain responsibility for this program/course and its content. 8 CEs-$25 additional charge. Purchase separately.

Growth through Play Therapy is an approved provider for the Association for Play Therapy – APT 09-241. There is no extra charge for APT CEs. Partial credit cannot be offered.

Enhance your play therapy skills!

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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.