Play Therapy Training Program

Play Therapy Training Program

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“I’m actually in the process of completing the requirements to become a registered Play Therapist and initially was drawn to this just because of the convenience, but have been really excited about how nice of an experience it is.”

Mary Beth Murray, LCSW

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The VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education is an approved continuing education provider (APT Approved Provider 15-397) by the Association for Play Therapy, Inc., which promotes the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists. Our program offers opportunities to learn more about play therapy, and the training may be applied as one of the components required to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). See the Association for Play Therapy's newly revised Registered Play Therapist (RPT) & Supervisor (RPT-S) guide for more details on the education, training, experience, and supervision required for credential application or renewal. The Association for Play Therapy (APT) recently added the School Based-Registered Play Therapist™ (SB-RPT) credential to its Credentialing Program!


The series of six-weekend workshops (25 continuing education hours per workshop) meets the required 150 hours of continuing education in play therapy for counselors, social workers, psychologists, marriage/family counselors, and other licensed clinical mental health professionals who wish to convey their play therapy knowledge and expertise to the general public, especially to insurers, schools and universities, parents and children. The SB-RPT credential is intended for professionals who hold a current and active individual state license or certificate from their state’s department of education to independently practice as a school counselor or school psychologist.  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, and can be taken in any order. Workshops will be repeated.


  • 2018 dates coming soon!

Workshop Facilitator

Tracy Whitaker, LCSW, is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) and serves as play therapist instructor at VCU. She is adjunct faculty at VCU and formerly served as an assistant professor at VCU Health System’s Children’s Hospital Virginia Treatment Center for Children. Ms. Whitaker has over 15 years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, adults, and families.


All workshops are offered at the VCU Professional Learning Classroom at the CTC at Hull, located at 13900 Hull Street in Midlothian (Richmond area), with FREE on-site parking.


Fee: $350 per weekend workshop
Deadline: Registrations will be accepted until a week prior to the workshop start date. Payment must be received before the start date.

Withdraw/Refund Policy

You may cancel your registration up to a week before the program start date, and receive a full refund minus any credit card processing fees. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received via email at

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