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Registered Play Therapy

This program provides professionals and students in the community with the opportunity to learn more about play therapy or to receive the training necessary to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). The Play Therapy program is offered as a series of nine (9) weekend workshops worth 17 continuing education hours each (16 contact CE's and 1 non-contact CE). Individuals can attend one or all of the workshops.

To become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), individuals must accrue a total of 150 continuing education hours in play therapy per the Association of Play Therapy (APT). Weekend workshops include the content required by APT for any mental health professional interested in attaining the RPT credential. The play therapy education provided aligns with the requirements set forth by APT if all nine (9) workshops are attended.

The Play Therapy workshops are consistent with guidelines established by the Association for Play Therapy and pertain to four main areas:

  • Play Therapy History
  • Play Therapy Seminal or Historically Significant Theories
  • Play Therapy Skills and Methods
  • Play Therapy Special Topics

"The ODU Continuing Education Play Therapy classes have ignited my passion to become an excellent Registered Play Therapist. Using play therapy opens doors of resistance allowing deeper, significant change in clients. Keeping a playful attitude deepens connections and empowers clients to tackle the hard stuff. Thanks to Dr. Silverberg's amazing hands-on instruction, I am on my way to becoming the play therapist I want to be!"

- Denise Maxwell

"As a therapist, it is crucial to know how to interact with children and their parents in a way that meets them where they are, and provides the best care. We can't assume that we know how to do that. These Play Therapy modules provide excellent training that are applicable not just for counselors, but anyone that provides care to children. Plus, the trainings are fun and interactive."

- Melody Diehl, Resident in Counseling


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Informational Sessions

ODU Registered Play Therapy Program Information Sessions:


Saturday, January 15th
Saturday, February 19th
Saturday, March 26th
Saturday, April 23rd

Saturday, May 7th
Saturday, June 4th
Saturday, July 16th
Saturday, August 6th

Saturday, September 17th
Saturday, October 1st
Saturday, November 5th
Saturday, December 17th

This will be the Zoom information for all the sessions.

Time: 9a EST
Hosted by: Dr. Sharon Silverberg
Director of Play Therapy, School of Continuing Education


Join Zoom Meeting

https://odu.zoom.us/j/95225267258


Logistics

Registration Fee: $339 per 2-day workshop

Contact Hours: 17 hours for each 2-day workshop (16 contact CE's and 1 non-contact CE)

Location: Online during COVID-19

Registration is done online, click here and select "Registered Play Therapy" under the Program drop-down menu.

All workshops are held on Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and Sundays, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with a half-hour lunch break; lunch not included.

Since seats are limited to the first 25 participants, registration is required. Participants MUST register to reserve a spot prior to the actual weekend workshop. Participants MUST attend the entire workshop to earn CE Certificate.

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Additional Information

Old Dominion University is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider #08-234).


For information regarding the content of workshops or becoming a Registered Play Therapist, contact Dr. Sharon Silverberg via email ssilverb@odu.edu or phone (757) 831-6890.

Directions

Directions: From I-64, take exit 276 Naval Base/Terminal Blvd. Merge onto International Terminal Blvd. toward Hampton Blvd. Turn left on Hampton Blvd. and continue approximately 2.4 miles. The ODU campus will be on your right.

Lodging

The Spring Hill Suites by Marriott is located directly across the street from the workshop location. The hotel does offer ODU discount rates - (888) ODU-7488.

Cancellation

If for any reason, you wish to cancel your registration, your registration must be received in writing at least one week prior to the workshop start date. You will be assessed a $25 cancellation fee. For more information, please call 757-683-5650.


About the Workshops


Workshop #1: Principles of Play Therapy

April 22-23, 2023

This workshop will provide information about the rationale, philosophy, history and theoretical underpinnings specific to the application of play therapy with various populations and in different settings. Basic facilitation skills, specific goals, and the role of the play therapist will be explored and practiced in relation to specific theories and in terms of general process of play therapy.


Workshop #2: Expressive Arts in Play Therapy

June 10-11, 2023

The therapeutic power of selected games, structured activities and expressive arts will be explored as they pertain to play therapy. Techniques specific to art, drama, children's literature, puppets and music will be illuminated as ideal mediums through which children and adolescents express and heal themselves through the process of play therapy. Basic techniques and strategies for incorporating such tools and techniques will be described, demonstrated, and practiced.


Workshop #3: Games, Activities, and Narrative Techniques in Play Therapy

February 5-6, 2022

August 12-13, 2023

Training will occur via Zoom, participants will be limited to 40. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (16 hrs) CONTACT CE Hours and 1 non-Contact CE hour. Each participant is required to attend the workshop in its entirety using a Zoom platform and actively engage, the same schedule noted for in-person workshops will be followed. Please note, per APT guidelines, passing a post-test will be required at the end of the training to earn CE credit.

The therapeutic power of selected games, structured activities, and narrative techniques will be explored as they pertain to play therapy. Basic techniques and strategies for incorporating such tools and techniques will be described, demonstrated, and practiced.


Workshop #4: Systematic Interventions: Family Play Therapy and Filial Therapy

April 23-24, 2022

October 28-29, 2023

Training will occur via Zoom, participants will be limited to 40. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (16 hrs) CONTACT CE Hours and 1 non-Contact CE hour. Each participant is required to attend the workshop in its entirety using a Zoom platform and actively engage, the same schedule noted for in-person workshops will be followed. Please note, per APT guidelines, passing a post-test will be required at the end of the training to earn CE credit.

Fundamental theoretical and philosophical concepts related to systems theory and utilizing play therapy techniques in family counseling will be presented. Basic skills and methods to incorporate in family play therapy will be described, demonstrated, and practiced. In addition, methods will be covered illustrating how to implement filial therapy for parents to become healthy agents in their children's lives.


Workshop #5: Group Play Therapy: Play Therapy Skills and Methods in Group Work

June 11-12, 2022

December 2-3, 2023

Training will occur via Zoom, participants will be limited to 40. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (16 hrs) CONTACT CE Hours and 1 non-Contact CE hour. Each participant is required to attend the workshop in its entirety using a Zoom platform and actively engage, the same schedule noted for in-person workshops will be followed. Please note, per APT guidelines, passing a post-test will be required at the end of the training to earn CE credit.

Theoretical and philosophical concepts of Group Play Therapy with children, adolescents, and adults will be discussed. Group logistics, process, conflict resolution, and group facilitation skills will be described. Basic skills and methods to incorporate in group play therapy will be described, demonstrated, and practiced. In addition, multicultural and ethical considerations in group play therapy will be addressed.


Workshop #6: Play Therapy and Creative Interventions with Adolescents, Teens, and Adults

August 13-14, 2022

February 3-4, 2024

Research has indicated that play therapy is an effective treatment modality with people of all ages. This workshop will explore the process of play therapy and creative interventions when working with adolescents and adults. Basic skills and methods to incorporate in play therapy with adolescents and adults will be described, demonstrated, and practiced. Multicultural considerations and societal influences that specifically pertain to this population will also be addressed.


Workshop #7: Utilizing Sandtray in Play Therapy

October 29-30, 2022

April 20-21, 2024

Through experiential sand tray exercises and didactic methods, information about the rationale, history, and general application of sand tray in play therapy will be illustrated. Basic facilitation skills, theoretical constructs, and strategies for processing sand tray will be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced.


Workshop #8: Addressing Trauma through Play Therapy

December 3-4, 2022

June 8-9, 2024

This workshop will investigate specific issues faced by children, adolescents, and families affected by difficult environmental and systematic situations. The implications of trauma as a result of abuse, crisis, death and divorce will be reviewed as they pertain to the process. The process of play, techniques, treatment plans and consultation procedures will also be explored. Basic skills and methods to incorporate play therapy techniques to address trauma will be described, demonstrated, and practiced.


Workshop #9: Addressing Grief and Loss through Play Therapy

February 4-5, 2023

August 10-11, 2024

This workshop will discuss and highlight specific issues faced by children, adolescents, and families affected by grief and loss. The process of play, techniques, treatment plans and consultation procedures will also be explored. Basic skills and methods to incorporate play therapy techniques to address grief and loss will be described, demonstrated, and practiced.


Dr. Sharon Silverberg

Dr. Sharon Silverberg is the director of the Old Dominion University Registered Play Therapy Program through the School of Continuing Education and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor, she is approaching twenty years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, adults, and families, as well as providing clinical supervision. Dr. Silverberg has presented nationally and internationally on play therapy topics and contributed to a book chapter on clinical supervision in play therapy.

Dr. Silverberg enjoys sharing her clinical experiences and love of play therapy with others while helping them along their journey to becoming competent and confident play therapists!



"To date, I have participated in three of the play therapy workshop weekends. Due to me living in another state, I unfortunately didn't learn of the workshop weekends until half-way through the series. I have participated in the following workshop weekends: Systematic Interventions: Group, Filial & Family Play Therapy, Play Therapy and Creative Interventions with Adolescents and Adults, and Sand Tray & Narrative Techniques in Play Therapy. Dr. Sharon Silverberg is very passionate about helping her students strengthen their skills. She is competent, dynamic, and experienced. Although she has an abundance of experience, she has a way of relating to her students by being transparent and sharing her knowledge in a way that is inspiring without intimidating her students. The workshop weekends always fly by. We have so much fun that we lose track of time. She has a unique way of creating a culture in the class that have the students to show a level of vulnerability in the hands on activities. However, Dr. Silverberg always ensures that the environment is safe for the students. She also makes sure she mixes up the groups to avoid "cliques" from forming. Dr. Silverberg provides a great balance for the workshop weekends by ensuring that we are provided with history/education, discussion time, video learning, "homework", hands on activities, and Q&A. I thoroughly enjoy the hands on activities because I feel I can relate to my clients in a more personal way since I have set in the "client" seat when we practiced the skills/interventions in class. I am also appreciative for the hand-out resources that Dr. Silverberg gives us during the workshop weekends and adds to our Dropbox folder. The workshop weekends have taught me about traits and skills in myself that I can apply to my work."

- Porscha Henson, MA, NCC, LPC