Maritime Play Therapy Centre

Teaching neurodevelopmentally informed interventions using the Powers of Play.

 There are currently only two Play Therapists in the Canadian Maritimes that are certified by the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. This Training Centre  wants to change that. Play Therapy is used as an empirically supported  intervention with children/youth/ adults and families the world over. There are many mental health professionals that have toys in their office but may desire the foundational and extensive training in Play Therapy that is endorsed by the Canadian Play Therapy Association. We suspect in the Maritimes that the lack of Play Therapy training can be  attributed to cost and location of workshops. With the birth of MPTC- Play Therapy workshops are both accessible and affordable thus  tailored to the needs of Maritime Clinicians. These workshops are intended to enhance the skills you already posses as a credentialed clinician. LEVEL 1 workshops occur on the last Saturday of each month from September to June. The current line up of date including Guest Speakers from around the world is as follows. 

Play Therapy Theory and Approaches- Level 1


Introduction to Play Therapy- Online LIVE Webinar

September 19th

Play Therapy History, Models and Process (2 days) October 24th, November 21th. 

Online LIVE Webinar


 Essentials of Ethical Practice in Play Therapy Practice ½ Day and Intermixing Play and Cultures and Privilege and Power in therapeutic relationships ½ Day  December 19th-Online and live webinar from the comfort of your home/ office.

Live Virtual Guest Speaker: Nicole Perryman (CAN)

Non-Directive Play Therapy  - 2 Days January 16 and February 20th, 2021

Delivery MODE for 2021 to be announced in September, 2020 based on the decision of the

Canadian Association for Play Therapy

Assessment and Treatment Planning March 20, 2021

Integrated Attachment Informed Model ( I AIM) with Traumatized Children. Live Virtual Guest Speaker - Dr. Angela Cavett (USA) April 17th


Group Play Therapy May 15th,2021

Family Play Therapy June 19,2021

Virtual Guest Speaker - Dr. Da


Techniques in Play Therapy 

Sandtray Therapy – (2 days) September 26, and October 31 

(October date may need to be shifted due to Halloween)

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

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

***This date has been changed to a Sunday due to the Stat Holiday 

Games in Play Therapy - January  30th

Integrating Theraplay , Filial, Circle of Security and DDP in Play Therapy - February 27


Bibliotherapy  - March 27


Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Play Therapy - April 24th


Trauma Treatment in Play Therapy - May 29th 


Play Therapy with Abused Children - June 26th 


LEVEL III  2020 


Play Therapy with Special Populations

Play Therapy with the Abused Children June 7

Guest Lecturer: Jodi Hiebert MSW, RSW, CPT


Understanding and Treating children with Anxiety June 9

Guest trainer: Dr. Ola Pykhtina DHCC-Licensed Psychologist Art and Play Therapist (Dubai)


Understanding and Treating children with Depression to build Resilience June 14


Play Therapy with Adults June 16


Play Therapy for Children and Families Coping with Loss June 21

Guest training: Kimberley Blackmore CPT, RP


Treating children with ADHD in Play Therapy June 23


Treating children with Oppositional Defiant Disorders and Conduct Disorders

In Play Therapy June 28


Integrating Music and Art in a Play Therapy Setting June 30

Guest trainer: Dr. Ola Pykhtina DHCC-Licensed Psychologist Art and Play Therapist (Dubai)

Music Therapist to be confirmed


Theory to practice – Applying Play Therapy to Case Examples July 5


Vicarious Trauma and Self Care for the Play Therapist July 7

Please contact
for an application form

Canadian Association for Play Therapy Approved Provider       Number #10-109

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