Course Description

For over 50 years, Child-Centered Play Therapy has helped children heal and grow through a therapeutic process that is best suited to children’s development.  In play therapy, children are provided an opportunity to communicate, problem solve and develop through the most intuitive process in childhood; play.


This important, informative, and compelling 2-hour virtual workshop training is most effectively viewed as a complement to the Play Therapy Basic Training Workbook.

The course includes:

♦ unique & thought provoking perspective of working with children from a multi-cultural counseling framework
♦ discussion of the child-centered play therapy philosophy
♦ an overview of the skills necessary in child-centered play therapy interventions
♦ excerpts from actual Play Therapy Basic Training workshops
♦ a look inside a therapeutic playroom
♦ footage from an actual play therapy session, along with commentary to enhance the learning experience
♦ opportunities to earn Continuing Education Credits toward the prestigious Registered Play Therapist (Association for Play Therapy) credential

This is an introductory training in play therapy with Dr. Jodi Mullen that assists in the building of a trusting relationship between the professional and the child. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1) identify three ways to use play therapy with children
2) have experience and replicate play therapy techniques suitable for children
3) use beginning play therapy skills to address the developmental and emotional needs of children.

Supplemental workbook included with the course:
Play Therapy Basic Training: A guide to learning and living the Child-Centered Play Therapy philosophy  

by Dr. Jodi Mullen

The Play Therapy Basic Training Workbook: A guide to learning and living the child centered play therapy philosophy guides budding and seasoned play and child therapists through a philosophical orientation to child-centered play therapy while simultaneously integrating reflective and experiential exercises that are relevant to clinical practice. Readers are engaged in the learning process from start to finish and as a result will witness personal and professional growth with completion of each section.

Some chapter highlights include:

- Childhood as a culture

- Stages of child-centered play therapy

- How to set limits in a play therapy session

- Is the child ready for termination?

- A Guide for Learning & Living the Child-Centered Play Therapy Philosophy

Presented by: 

Jodi Mullen PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-Master


Duration: 2 Hrs

Continuing Education (2 CEs)
Integrative Mental Health Counseling Services, PLLC is recognized  by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental  Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for  licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0085

Integrative  Mental Health Counseling Services, PLLC is recognized by the New York  State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved  provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0308.

Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC is approved by The Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy. Our provider number is 06-168.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • How to Complete This Course

    • Welcome!

    • Tell us more about YOU!

  • 2


    • Course Material

    • Play Therapy Basic Training - Workbook PDF

    • Main Course Video - Play Therapy Basic Training

    • Main Course Video - Play Therapy EXAMPLE SESSION

    • Course PowerPoint - Play Therapy Basic Training

    • Play Therapy Basic Training (updated in 2017)

  • 3


    • Workbook - Play Therapy Basic Training: A guide to learning and living the Child-Centered Play Therapy philosophy

    • Raising Freakishly Well-Behaved Kids: 20 Principles for Becoming the Parent Your Child Needs

    • Activity - Is It Child Centered?

    • Activity Answers - Is It Child Centered?

    • Glossary of Play Therapy Terms (PDF)

    • Dr. Mullen's Favorite Play Therapy Reads!

  • 4

    Continuing Education

    • Continuing Education Quiz

  • 5

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback Survey

About the instructors


Jodi Mullen

Dr. Jodi Weinstein Mullen, PhD LMHC NCC RPT-S CCPT-Master is the Director of Integrative Counseling Services in Oswego, Fulton, Cicero, and Auburn, New York. She is on the faculty at SUNY Oswego in the Counseling & Psychological Services Department where she is the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy. Dr. Mullen is a credentialed play therapist and play therapy supervisor. She is the author of several manuscripts on play therapy and supervision. Her books include “Counseling Children and Adolescents through Grief and Loss”(co-authored by Dr. Jody Fiorini)(2006), “Play Therapy Basic Training: A Guide to Learning & Living & the Child-Centered Play Therapy Philosophy”(2007), “Supervision can be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors” (co-edited with Athena Drewes) (2008), and “How Play Therapists Can Engage Parents & Professionals” (co-authored by June Rickli)(2011). Dr. Mullen is on the editorial board for the international Journal of Play Therapy. She is also the clinical editor of Play Therapy magazine.