Child Centered Play Therapy – Intensive Training Program
build your competence in this powerful therapeutic modality for children

This workshop can be arranged in your location or for your organization. Please contact Dr. Risë VanFleet for details at rise@risevanfleet.com

Directions and lodging information will be sent with confirmations by email.

Ask about an optional 3-6 CE credit add-on at minimal cost!



About the Workshop
Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is one of the most effective and frequently used forms of play therapy. With its strong evidence base and wide applicability, it is one of the most developmentally-relevant forms of therapeutic intervention for children. The skills of CCPT are also valuable when using more directive forms of play therapy, and this approach serves as the foundation of Filial Therapy.

Participants in this intensive CCPT training will learn about the rationale, goals, toy selection, specific play session skills and methods, recognition of play themes, interpretation, and special issues involved in CCPT practice.

The training also covers ways to involve parents in the process and how to consult with schools, the foster care system, or others involved with the children. Participants will also learn how to handle a wide range of challenging situations with children during play sessions.

This training represents the extremely practical and time-tested CCPT methods of Dr. Louise Guerney and covered in the book, Child-Centered Play Therapy by VanFleet, Sywulak, & Sniscak (2010, Guilford).

This training is appropriate for beginning play therapists as well as those who have attended 1- or 2-day conference presentations, larger workshops, or who have completed the DVD or distance learning workshops on the topic.

Learning Objectives
Participants in this training will be able to…

  • describe what is meant by each of Axline's 8 principles of CCPT
  • compare and contrast the methods of nondirective play therapy with more directive approaches
  • capably conduct the 4 skills of CCPT
  • appropriately handle a wide range of possible situations in play sessions
  • involve parents in meaningful ways in the play therapy process
  • immediately and confidently use CCPT in their work with children
  • explain how the skills of CCPT are used in Filial Therapy and other forms of play therapy
  • describe at least 4 different presenting problems for which CCPT might be used and why it is appropriate for them.

Training Methods
The Intensive CCPT Training Program is limited to 6 participants to permit extensive skill practice with individualized coaching & feedback. Ms. Sniscak presents brief lectures, live and videotaped demonstrations, case studies, and supervision/feedback to participants as they practice during role plays. All is done in a playful, positive learning atmosphere.

Participants will develop considerable competence in the conduct of CCPT through this very effective and individualized training approach.

VanFleet Endorsement
I have asked Cindy to offer this training once again through the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center because she is so experienced and versatile with its use and its incorporation into the total treatment plans of children with many different problems. She is a fun and highly capable trainer, and she is one of the very best all-round play therapists I have ever seen. Past participants in her trainings have consistently rated her as "excellent" and "one of the best presenters ever." I highly recommend this training!
--Risë VanFleet, Ph.D., RPT-S

This training is for psychologists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, family therapists, school counselors, & other experienced professionals who work with children & families.

Special Needs
We are committed to making workshops accessible to everyone. Please contact us if you have special needs.

This training program has 18 actual training hours. Unless otherwise specified, the daily schedule is as follows: 9am - 5pm.

Participants need to plan to attend the entire workshop; early departures on the last day forfeit all CE credits!

Continuing Education - optional 3-6 CE credit add-on at minimal additional cost!
The Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The FEAPT Center maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. The Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (5732) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The FEAPT Center solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. It is also an Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-014. This program has been approved by a number of state social work boards (please contact us for this info). 18 continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire training. Partial credit cannot be given. No exceptions can be made to this policy. Please call with any questions about your CE needs!

About the Instructor

Cynthia Sniscak, LPC, RPT-S is the President, Director, and Senior Clinician of the Beech Street Program (BSP), LLC. BSP is a private practice that offers comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and families in a relaxed, playful, and family-friendly setting. Cindy works with her canine co-therapist, Henry, a Labradoodle. Ms. Sniscak is a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and a Certified Filial Therapist-Supervisor-Instructor.

Ms. Sniscak specializes in the use of play therapy, Filial Therapy, parent consultation, behavior management, and other interventions with children and families with a wide range of problems. Cindy has worked extensively with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, and attachment-related difficulties. She works closely with parents throughout the therapy process. In addition, Ms. Sniscak provides supervision for child and family therapists, including those using Child Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and directive forms of individual and family play therapy. Cindy has also assisted in the development of a Pennsylvania state-wide training program for law-enforcement first responders who work with abuse situations.

Cindy is a coauthor of Child-Centered Play Therapy (2010, Guilford) and numerous chapters and articles about play therapy and Filial Therapy.

Cindy has been a featured speaker at state, national, and international conferences, and frequently co-leads the Intensive Filial Therapy and the Intensive Play Therapy for High Trauma & Attachment Disruption trainings with Dr. Risë VanFleet.

Cindy was the 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to Professional Training in Filial Therapy, awarded by the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center. In addition to her play therapy-related work, Cindy enjoys working with clay, hiking, biking, and playing with her grandchildren.

Early Bird Fee (fully paid 4 months prior): $650
Regular Fee (paid within 4 mos. of wkshp start): $750

Cancellation Policy
$200 of the registration fee is nonrefundable. Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Fees include 18 hours of training, handout book, light refreshments. Lunches and dinners are on your own.

$200 is nonrefundable. Written cancellations received 4+ months prior to the workshop will receive a full refund of the balance of the fees. Cancellations received within 4 months will forfeit a total of $300, with the remainder being refunded.

We regret that no refunds can be given in the final month prior to the workshop. (When someone from the waiting list can substitute, credit toward future trainings may be given.) We urge you to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances!