Family Therapy Program to Offer Play Therapy Training

News Date: 
Fri. 06/22/2012

Friends University will be offering training in play therapy, a valuable therapeutic tool for counselors working with young children.

Introduction to Play Therapy will be offered to current students, alumni, and community professionals from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 30 in the Marriage and Family Therapy Building on Friends University’s Wichita campus. 

The course is designed to provide students with the practical introduction to play therapy principles and will focus on the foundational applications central to play therapy, such as setting limits, setting up a playroom, and the basics of client-centered play therapy. Several play therapy techniques will be taught experientially, and case study examples will be used through video. 

“These types of trainings are important because they offer low-cost, local options for clinicians to obtain specialized training and get continuing education without compromising quality,” said Dr. Michelle Robertson, associate professor of marriage and family therapy and clinical coordinator. 

The training session will be led by Denise Filley of the KC Play Therapy Institute of Kansas City.

“Denise is a highly respected registered play therapist and a very talented trainer,” Dr. Robertson said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have forged a professional partnership with her. She has played a key role in the development of our Sandtray Therapy Room.” 

The Sandtray Therapy Room is part of the University’s Center on Family Living’s play therapy room. 

“In addition to work with individuals, couples, and families, we do have students at the Center on Family Living offering play therapy services. Almost all of our students are trained in Sandtray and basic play therapy,” Dr. Robertson said. 

The play therapy training June 30 does not afford participants any particular certification, Dr. Robertson said, but rather serves as a “helpful and useful means for participants to learn some basic play therapy techniques and help clinicians be better informed when working with children.”

However, through Filley, the University offers a 10-month certification program, which begins in July 2012. More information on that program can be found at 

Those interested in participating in the training session should send an email to Registration is $85 for professionals, $75 for Friends University alumni, and $45 for current students. Participants are eligible for 8.0 CEUs.

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