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Maritime Play Therapy Centre

Teaching neurodevelopmentally informed interventions using the Powers of Play.

Testimonial from a 2019 student.

"The online training I got at Maritime Play Therapy Centre has expanded and enriched my work as a counsellor in so many ways, including meeting the educational  requirements for national certification as a Certified Play Therapist. I have so much more to offer clients now in the way of tools and interventions. We were exposed a wide  variety of approaches in our courses, and encouraged to weave them into our work in ways that make sense for our theoretical orientations. During my training I connected with other therapists who are now a community of colleagues I can rely on. I look forward to more training opportunities at Maritime Play Therapy Centre."

Cynthia Manley. M.A., RCT-C

Maritime Play Therapy Centre provides Play Therapy Certificate education that is recognized by the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. 

We began in September in 2019 and 17 students completed all three LEVELS during Covid. 

Another cohort of students completed Level 1 and they begin Level II September 26th, 2020. 

PLAY THERAPY FOR 2020 and 2021 will be offered LIVE ONLINE. 

This makes the training accessible to clinicians across the Maritimes. 

Level 1 training will occur the first two Thursday evenings of every month and Level III will occur the third and fourth Thursday evening of the month. Start time is 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. ATLANTIC TIME. 

We believe in supporting our community to become trauma informed and it begins with us.                            Gabor Mator says: 

  • "We recognize the prevalence of trauma among all of us

  • We learn to notice and feel the trauma symptoms in ourselves

  • We acknowledge that whenever we have an emotional reaction, an old wound is being triggered

  • We understand the imprint of trauma on our behaviors and its impact on our relationships

  • We recognize the pain in others and understand how that pain might be driving their behavior

  • We see the real person underneath the behavior and the trauma

  • We support connection and compassion as the foundations of safety'

  • We know that the experience of safety is the beginning of healing

  • We understand that all trauma is intergenerational"

So in addition to play therapy approaches and sandtray, we provide neuroexperiential and neurodevelopment ally appropriate interventions such as SAFE and SOUND PROTOCOL, NeurOptimal Neurofeedback, EMDR and Brain spotting. 


Maritime Play Therapy Centre Play Therapy Training 

Sandtray (two days)


The modality of Sandtray begin in the early 1900's with the work of Dr. Margaret Lowenfeld at her Clinic for Nervous and Difficult Children (later renamed the Institute of Child Psychology, ICP) in London, England. Dora Kalff (her student) took the method to Switzerland. Theresa trained with Gisela De Domenico who has a six level program entitled Sandtray Worldplay (c). This two day course provides the Masters' level clinician with introductory tools to utilize this method with children, teens and adults. Cost is $175. plus HST for non Certificate students per day. The course occurs September 26 and another Saturday in October. 

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Puppetry in Play Therapy

Puppetry in a Play Therapy Setting  1 day - November 28th

Puppets are found in many playrooms, This one day course reviews the therapeutic value of puppets as well as clinical technique. We will also review how to choose and use puppets in both theoretical and practical terms.

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Brain Research and Child Development for Play Therapists- December 27th, 2020

Play therapy impacts brain development. Play is an “emotionally engaging and creative experience that increases levels of oxytocin (Stewart, Field and Echterling,2016, p.4).
Stewart, A., Field, T., & Echterling, L. (2016). Neuroscience and the magic of play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy, 25 (1) 4-13
Join us to review recent brain research and experience play based activities that are reported to  positively impact development.

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Maritime Play Therapy Centre Services

Where interventions are neurodevelopmentally informed.

Games in Play Therapy

January  30th, 2021

Play Therapists utilize games and activities to encourage growth. In this workshop we will review how virtual and board games can be utilized with little children, adolescents, groups and families in Play Therapy .

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Integrating attachment interventions in Play Therapy - February 27

Models are reviewed and additional training and certification opportunities are shared. 

Attachment based Play Therapy reviews attachment theory and approaches/ techniques that both enhance relationships and rewire expectations of connection.

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March 27

Bibliotherapy can be utilized to normalize experiences, teach new skills and assist the child, adolescent or family to imagine a different experience with the support of the Play Therapist. This workshop assists the Play Therapist to utilize narrative approaches.

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Maritime Play Therapy Centre Services

Where interventions are neurodevelopmentally informed.

Dialectical Behavioural Play Therapy 

 April 24th

Dialectical behavioural  Play Therapy incorporates understanding of  the existence of opposites and practices the skills of DBT including: 

  • mindfulness

  • distress tolerance

  • interpersonal effectiveness

  • emotion regulation


Trauma Treatment in Play Therapy - May 29th

This is one of our most popular services available. It’s made a big difference for many of our customers, and is provided with the highest level of excellence. With this service, we ensure all details are simple, seamless and handled in a timely manner. Whenever you work with Maritime Play Therapy Centre, you can trust that you’re in great hands.

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 Play Therapy with Children who have been sexually abused - June 26th 

Canadian statistics confirm that though there is a decline in sexual abuse incidence, the long term effects of sexual abuse is debilitating. Continued monitoring as well as intervention is critical. This workshop supports participants in identifying which  play therapy activities help children express and resolve physical, emotional and sexual abuse trauma

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