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Effective July 1, 2022, the required 150 hours of play therapy instruction may be earned via contact training (in-person only), non-contact training, and live webinars. Of the 150 hours of play therapy instruction, a minimum of 75 hours must be met by contact/in-person training. A maximum of 75 hours may be met via live webinars, and of those 75 hours, no more than 40 hours may be met via non-contact trainings. The definition of the above terms can be found at https://www.a4pt.org

Upcoming workshops

Healing Childhood Trauma through Play Therapy (*16 contact hours)

September 9-10, 2022 and
September 16-17, 2022

Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Eastern (1-hour break each day)
Registration Fee: $249
Where: Live Webinar, Synchronous Format

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In-person workshops are coming soon! We are planning a return to in-person workshops for the following offerings: Games and Activities in Play Therapy, Play Therapy and the Expressive Arts, Group, Filial and Family Play Therapy, Using Sand Tray and Narrative Techniques, and Healing Childhood Trauma through Play Therapy.

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The Hero’s Journey: Using Sand Tray and Narrative Techniques in Play Therapy (16 contact hours)

November 4-5, 2022
Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eastern (1-hour lunch each day)
Registration Fee: $249
Where: In-Person, Richmond, Virginia

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*Live Webinars held after July 1, 2022 AND offered under special conditions are eligible for contact hours, as specified by The Association for Play Therapy (APT).

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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 eligible workshops.

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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 continuing education hours, with the exception of synchronous live webinars for contact hours, which are held on four days over a two-week period.

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

Workshop Facilitators

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

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What to Expect

Synchronous Format Sessions

Our Zoom sessions offer live, synchronous instruction that occurs in real time, where the presenter and attendees are visible to one another and communicate with each other virtually from their separate locations.

Attendance and Participation

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. Participants must attend the full workshop to receive APT continuing education hours from VCU.

Creative Materials

Your instructor will send you a list of specific creative materials to have on-hand during the workshop. All VCU play therapy workshops require basic art materials including paper, markers, colored pencils, poster board, scissors, decorative items, and glue.

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 eligible 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 and school counselors take the VCU “Principles of Play Therapy” workshop first as the foundation for all the other play therapy training. After completing the foundational 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.

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Synchronous Format Sessions

Synchronous format sessions are held in real-time, and 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 Shelly Schuetz at ssschuetz@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 6/30/2023.)

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 Shelly Schuetz, program manager and school liaison at (804) 828-1322.

*Live webinars held after July 1, 2022 AND offered under special conditions are eligible for contact hours, as specified by The Association for Play Therapy (APT).

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