Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is an evidence-based practice in which trained play therapists provide developmentally appropriate care through the power of play, a child’s natural language. In this experiential webinar, participants are invited to learn the basics of CCPT, practice essential CCPT skills, and explore ways to implement CCPT with their client populations. This webinar is being offered in response to the rising need for mental healthcare for children and youth impacted by the war in Ukraine, so therapists who work with this population or who expect to work with them in the future are encouraged to attend. The presenter will include discussion of cultural considerations for children impacted by the war. (Please note: Any mental health professionals or students can attend this webinar; it is not limited to only those working with Ukrainians.)
Meet the presenter!
Nicole (Nicki) Allen, MS, LPC, RPT, NCC is a registered play therapist and a Certified Advanced Child-Centered Play Therapy Practitioner/Supervisor. Nicki has advanced training and experience in clinical practice, supervision, and Counselor Education. Her clinical practice centers on the healing of complex trauma through body-based approaches such as expressive arts therapy, EMDR therapy, Dancing Mindfulness, and play therapy. Nicki is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas with a specialization in play therapy training and supervision. Nicki integrates mindfulness, expressive arts, and playfulness into her webinars.
Nicki is an active member of the Ukrainian cultural community in Dallas, Texas. Through her role as the Artistic Director of the Zorya Ukrainian Dancers of Dallas, she has witnessed the impact of the war on her loved ones, and she anticipates Ukrainian refugees to increase in number soon. Nicki’s intention with this webinar is to train clinicians in the basics of play therapy so they can provide developmentally appropriate therapeutic care for Ukrainians and others impacted by the war in Ukraine.
Live attendance for the entire webinar is required to earn CE credit, and participants must join with video and audio enabled. A one-hour meal break and two 15-minute breaks will be allotted. This webinar is experiential, meaning that participants will be asked to engage directly with the presenter and other participants. Please refrain from driving or being in a noisy location during the webinar. If you are joining from home, we understand that children may be in the background, but please consider childcare arrangements for younger children or children who need more attentive care during the webinar so that you can actively participate. Please direct questions or concerns about these requirements to Nallen@lotusflowermound.com.
This session will be hosted through the video conferencing platform Zoom. Please allow a few extra minutes prior to the webinar start time to confirm your Zoom software is up to date and to troubleshoot any audio/video issues. Please refer to this article if you need more information about how to join a Zoom meeting: https://www.howtogeek.com/662339/how-to-join-a-zoom-meeting/.
This webinar is free, but the presenter encourages attendees to consider making a donation to the Ukrainian Cultural Club of Dallas (UCCD), an organization that provides cash donations and donated goods to the war relief effort in Ukraine. 100% of donations made to UCCD at the time of the webinar will be donated directly to Ukrainian residents in need. To learn more about UCCD and to donate, visit https://ukrainianclub.org/.
Any recording of the webinar by participants is prohibited. Presenters will inform participants of any recording taken by presenters during the webinar.
To prepare for the experiential labs, please collect a few toys from each of the categories below and place them nearby before the start of the webinar.
Real-Life Toys (also promote imaginative play)
Small baby doll, Baby bottle, Doctor kit, Toy phone, Doll family, Play money, Couple of domestic and wild animal toys, Car/truck, Kitchen dishes, Small dollhouse, Doll furniture, Puppets, Dress up costumes
Acting-Out Aggressive Toys (also promote imaginative play)
Dart guns with a couple of darts and a target, Rubber knife, Rope, Aggressive animal: (e.g., snake, shark, lion, dinosaurs), Small toy soldiers (12–15), Inflatable bop bag, Mask, Toy handcuffs with a key
Toys for Creative/Emotional Expression
Play-Doh, Crayons (or other craft utensils like markers, pastels, etc), Plain paper, Scissors, Transparent tape, Egg carton, Styrofoam cup/bowl, Ring toss game, Soft foam ball, Small musical instrument
Continuing Education Information
5 CE’s available for LPC’s. This webinar meets Continuing Education requirements as set forth in the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors Administrative Code, Chapter 681, Subchapter J, Rule 681.142.
5 CE’s available for LMFT’s. This webinar meets Continuing Education requirements as set forth in the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists Administrative Code, Chapter 801, Subchapter K, Rule 801.264.
For other professionals, please refer to your licensing board for further information on your Continuing Education requirements.
Social Workers /LMSW:
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors /LCDC:
Registration closes the day before the webinar at 11:59pm CDT. Presenters reserve the right to cancel/reschedule webinar if sufficient registration is not achieved. Participants will be notified in advance via email of scheduling changes. In the event of cancellation or rescheduling by presenters, participants are eligible for a full refund upon written request.
Participants are eligible for a full refund, minus a 3% processing fee, for cancellations up to 48 hours before the event. If canceling within 48 hours of the webinar, participants are eligible for a 50% refund, minus a 3% processing fee. Participants who fail to attend the event or who leave early are not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests or questions should be emailed to Nallen@lotusflowermound.com.