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Special notice

COVID-19 & Temporary Conditions

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, APT Approved Providers may temporarily offer contact hours for online continuing education through December 31, 2021. VCU training workshops meet specific conditions, including being offered via a synchronous telehealth format, and have been approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) for 16 contact continuing education (CE) hours each through December.

VCU follows CDC, State, and VCU Health guidance for COVID-19.

Upcoming workshops

Principles of Play Therapy (16 contact hours)

November 5-6, 2021 and
November 12-13, 2021

Fridays/Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT (1-hour break each day)
Registration Fee: $249
Where: Live Online, Synchronous Telehealth Format

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The Power of Play

Explore and learn how to apply the therapeutic power of play to communicate with, and treat clients. Association for Play Therapy Approved Provider Logo

VCU Continuing and Professional Education is an approved continuing education provider (APT Approved Provider 15-397) by the Association for Play Therapy, Inc.



All VCU play therapy workshops meet the play therapy training requirements for the Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Registered Play Therapist—Supervisor (RPT-S), and School-Based Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT) credentials. Our workshops meet all guidelines established by the Association for Play Therapy, Inc. in the areas of Play Therapy History, Play Therapy Theories, Play Therapy Techniques and Methods, and Play Therapy Applications. Digital badging is available for workshop participants.

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Already have your RPT, RPT-S or SB-RPT credential? Check back for future advanced workshops.

See the Association for Play Therapy credentialing guides for details on the education, training, experience, and supervision required for your credential application or renewal:

Play Therapy Workshops 

In order to fully align with the new Association for Play Therapy (APT) credentialing requirements, we have refreshed all of our play therapy workshops. The APT now requires that candidates for Registered Play Therapist credentials complete phased continuing education, experience, and supervision. Please see the APT Credentialing Program Announcement for more information about the new APT requirements and rationale.

You'll note that each VCU Play Therapy workshop is held over two days for a total of 16 contact hours, with the exception of Synchronous Telehealth Format Sessions, which are held on four days over a two-week period.

We offer the following APT-approved play therapy training workshops:

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Workshop Facilitators

Our workshop facilitators are experienced and passionate about play therapy. Please see each individual workshop for specific information about your instructor.

Jan Williamson, LCSW, RPT-S

Jan Williamson serves as the lead instructor with the VCU Play Therapy program. She is also the clinical supervisor and a mental health clinician providing trauma-informed mental health services for the non-profit agency, ChildSavers in Richmond. Previously she worked for the Child Advocacy Center and has also been an adjunct professor for the VCU Graduate School of Social Work. She has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master's in Clinical Social Work. First licensed as a family therapist, she has over 40 years of experience in the mental health field working with families, adults and children. Jan worked internationally with refugee children and families in Southeast Asia and in Africa in areas of armed conflict and mass displacement.

Jan is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a past member of the board of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy. Jan's areas of expertise also include work with sand trays.

What to Expect

Synchronous Telehealth Format Sessions

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, APT Approved Providers may temporarily offer contact hours for online continuing education through December 31, 2021. VCU training workshops meet specific conditions, including being offered via a synchronous telehealth format, and have been approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) for 16 contact continuing education (CE) hours each through December.

Our Zoom sessions are in real-time and offer an opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants. There will be a one-hour break per day. Your instructor will send you a list of creative materials to have on-hand during the session.

You are required to have your camera on during these sessions to allow for verified engagement. VCU expects that students limit outside distractions, remain in one location for the duration of the session (no driving/errands), and actively participate in group discussions and activities.

Required Assessments

VCU conducts a two-part assessment in each workshop. To earn educational hours toward an Association for Play Therapy (APT) credential, you must pass both assessments. These include a scored rubric that demonstrates your mastery of workshop objectives via small and large group activities and discussion, and a multiple choice test. Only participants who pass the activity rubric will be eligible to take the test.

Digital badge visual for completing the Principles of Play Therapy workshopDigital Badging

You will earn a digital badge for each workshop that you successfully complete. Learn more about digital badging.

Who Should Attend

VCU play therapy workshops are for individuals who are employed and/or pursuing education in the behavioral health or school social work field. This would include licensed clinicians, school social workers, students working toward a master’s degree in social work, counseling, school social work or counseling, or psychology. We welcome resident clinicians who have graduated with a master’s degree and are in supervision toward licensure.

If you have questions about whether the workshops would be beneficial to you, please contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322.


We recommend that therapists take the VCU “Principles of Play Therapy” workshop first as the foundation for all the other play therapy training.  This foundation workshop is offered twice per year. After completing the “Principles of Play Therapy” workshop, you are welcome to take the other play therapy workshops in any order. Exceptions may be made if you have had previous workshops or classes that cover the principles of play therapy.


Synchronous Telehealth Format Sessions

Real-time telehealth format sessions will be held online via the Zoom platform. VCU Continuing and Professional Education will provide you with a link where you can connect through your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android device.


Additional scheduling and custom training options are available for groups. Please contact Jennifer Sisane at jsisane@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 for more information.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

You may cancel your registration up until the cancellation deadline listed on the registration page and receive a full refund minus a $35 credit card processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received via email at ocpe@vcu.edu. (Processing fees are being waived through 12/31/2021.)

In the unlikely event that this workshop is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

Transfer Policy

Workshop registrations may be transferred to a different workshop or person if requested in writing via email at ocpe@vcu.edu by the cancellation deadline listed on the registration page.  The participant must meet all prerequisites or qualifications required by the program.


For registration questions, please contact ocpe@vcu.edu.
For questions regarding the workshop content or eligibility, please contact Jennifer Sisane, program manager and school liaison at (804) 828-1322.

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