Basic Child-Centered Play Therapy Skills
APT Direct Contact CE hours: 6 (1 History, 1 Theory, & 4 Skills and Methods)
Sponsored by: Expressive Therapies Institute, PLLC; APT Approved Provider # 11-301
Training level: Beginning
Price: $150 for training and 6 CEUS, $100 for graduate students
Location, Date, and Time: 9am-4pm October 28, 2022 at the Institute for Couple and Family Enhancement (ICFE) 21015 Market Ridge, San Antonio, TX 78258
Presenter: Becky Davenport, Ph.D., LMFT-S, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor Dr. Davenport has over 20 years of experience as a play therapist, including more than a decade as an RPT. She has attended dozens of trainings specific to basic nondirective skills, child development, and specific populations. She has also authored play therapy publications and taught graduate level courses specific to child development, play therapy, and family therapy.
Play is the only way children have to express much of their inner world, and solid child-centered play therapy skills are essential for therapists working with children. Through play, children tell us about their lives and needs, their understanding of their worlds, and how they experience relationships. In this training, you will better understand how to utilize a non-directive approach constructively and intentionally, as well as how to educate parents about their children’s development, emotional needs, and therapeutic process based on a deep and broad understanding of play as the communication of children. Learn from instruction, observation, and hands-on experience in ICFE play therapy offices.
1. Participants will understand the basic theoretical foundations of non-directive, child-centered play therapy.
2. Participants can conceptualize the history of play therapy practice and current trends in context of advances in empirical understanding of child development and clinical outcomes.
3. Participants conceptualize current child-centered play therapy practice in context of evolution of play therapy field.
4. Participants will demonstrate effective utilization of structuring, reflective responses, child-centered engagement, and limit setting in non-directive play therapy.
5. Participants will demonstrate knowledge and skills for explaining the non-directive play therapy process, goals, treatment plan, and effectiveness to parents and guardians.
6. Participants will demonstrate the ability to reflect content and process in children’s play.
Attendance and Cancellation Policy:
Participants must attend 100% of the workshop to earn APT credit; partial credit is not allowed. Full refund available minus 25% processing fee until two weeks prior to the event; 50% refund between 7 and 14 days from the event. Within one week of the event, no refund is available, but registered parties may allow someone else to attend in their place. Email request to [email protected].
Dr. Renee Turner adheres to all legal and ethical responsibilities and is committed to non-discriminatory practices. While every attempt is made to anticipate and resolve problems, complaints may still arise. Complaints about the speaker, educational material presented, or training facilities should be addressed with Dr. Renee Turner, Director of the Expressive Therapies Institute, PLLC who will attempt to resolve the matter as quickly and efficiently as possible. [email protected]
Please see the attached flyer for more information and click the link below to register.
We are accepting applications for summer or fall 2023 student interns. All positions until then are now full.
Unless otherwise indicated, all trainings are led by Becky Davenport, Ph.D., LMFT-S, ICFE Owner and Director, Approved Supervisor by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. Dr. Davenport has over 15 years of clinical and supervision experience with couples and families.
Texas LMFT Provider 857, LPC Provider 2769, Social Workers Provider 7134
Cancellation Policy for all training events- Full refund available minus 25% processing fee until two weeks prior to the event; 50% refund between 7 and 14 days from event. Within one week of event, no refund is available but registered parties may allow someone else to attend in their place. Email request to
LMFT, LPC and RPT Supervision
Dr. Becky Davenport provides LMFT post-graduate supervision. For more information, contact her at [email protected]
Dr. Nicholas Wilkens provides LMFT and LPC post-graduate supervision. For more information, contact him at [email protected]
Internship Opportunities at the ICFE
The ICFE is a training institute for graduate and doctoral students in mental health fields who are interested in specializing in psychotherapy with couples, families, and children. Students seek out internship experiences at the ICFE due to the reputation and experience levels of the ICFE clinicians.
Up to two unpaid, 9-month or 12-month internship opportunities will be awarded each semester to selected applicants who demonstrate:
- a foundation of systemic theoretical orientation,
- completion of coursework in family therapy, human development, and ethical practice,
- understanding of and appreciation for confidentiality laws and ICFE procedures,
- a specific passion in developing culturally informed clinical skills in couple, family, and/or child therapy,
- ability to dedicate at least 12 hours weekly to be on-site, including two evenings, for direct and indirect clinical work,
- a history of professionalism and ability to build positive rapport with ICFE clinicians and clients.
- a commitment to provide excellent systemic therapy for all clients regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability, or income level.
Interested students should submit the following information to Dr. Becky Davenport at [email protected] based on the application timeline.
A complete practicum/internship application includes:
- Cover letter describing clinical goals, interests, and theoretical framework,
- Current resume/CV,
- Names and contact information for 3 professional references (no friends or relatives),
- Transcripts for undergraduate degree and graduate work to date (unofficial accepted),
- Program requirements for internship completion.
LMFT-Associates and LPC-Interns with training in couples, child, and/or family therapy who are interested in gaining experience and supervision with seasoned professionals in a private practice setting are invited to submit the following to [email protected]:
-Cover letter describing clinical experience and interests, and statement of primary theoretical orientation
-Graduate school transcript (showing completion of clinical degree)
-Resume/CV including 3 professional references