Play Therapy Training Series

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    Series Participants may earn up to 150 Play therapy CEs!

    A Time for Play is a series of interactive Play Therapy specific continuing education events. The series teaches mental health practitioners the nine foundational theories of Play Therapy and specific skills and interventions for delivering effective and transformative Play Therapy.
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    Learn how to activate the Therapeutic Powers of Play!

    We offer synchronous virtual Play Therapy trainings via Zoom and in-person contact Play Therapy trainings in Houston, Texas. These trainings are designed to meet the Play Therapy Instruction requirements established by the Association for Play Therapy. We are an APT Approved Provider of Continuing Education. APT Approved Provider #19-582

In-Person Contact Play Therapy Trainings

A Time for Play offers in-person contact trainings in Houston, Texas. Our in-person training events are graciously hosted by Alexander JFS Houston in their boardroom.

Address: 4131 South Braeswood Blvd. Houston, Texas 77025. Anyone is welcome to register to attend these trainings but must commit to commuting to the agency for this opportunity to earn Contact Play Therapy Continuing Education hours.

Virtual Non-Contact Play Therapy Trainings

A Time for Play offers virtual Specialized Live Webinar trainings that are completed via Zoom. Anyone is welcome to register and virtually zoom into the trainings wherever they are. Continuing Education hours from these events are categorized by the Association for Play Therapy as non-contact Live Webinar hours.

To learn more how these hours may be used towards applying for the Registered Play Therapy credential please CLICK HERE

Customized Play Therapy Training Services

Not seeing a training you’re looking for? Searching for a qualified speaker to come to your organization and train your staff in a particular Play Therapy theory or how to work with a specific population? In addition to providing Play Therapy specific trainings, Steven L. Parks has experience presenting on topics such as psychotherapy theory and practice, trauma, ethics, supervision, deescalation, and much more. Contact us directly to discuss a customized training contract to fit your specific needs. Cost will vary depending on request.

Register for Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 Training

A Time for Play Therapy: Season 5 Training Schedule

Below is a list of Season 5 upcoming trainings. Please click on the “Full Flyer” for more detailed information:

Introduction to Play Therapy Supervision


Virtual Live Webinar Play Therapy Training

Presenter: Steven L. Parks, LCSW-S, MBA, RPT-S

Date: May 24, 2024  

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost = $180    | 6 Specialized Webinar Play Therapy CE Hours

Location: Synchronous Zoom Meeting

Integrative Play Therapy Practice

In-Person Contact Play Therapy Training

Presenter: Steven L. Parks, LCSW-S, MBA, RPT-S

Date: May 31, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost = $180   |   6 Contact Play Therapy CE Hours

Location: United Way Houston

50 Waugh Dr. Houston, TX 77005

LGBTQ+ Affirmative Play Therapy

Virtual Live Webinar Play Therapy Training

Presenter: Steven L. Parks, LCSW-S, MBA, RPT-S

Date: June 21, 2024  

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost = $120    | 4 Specialized Webinar Play Therapy CE Hours

Location: Synchronous Zoom Meeting

What Is A Time For Play?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is unique about the course?

Our course is an intentional review of all of the core and historically significant Play Therapy theories. We introduce clinicians to the use of different play therapy approaches so they have a wealth of knowledge and skills that they can adjust to meet the developmental needs of clients of any age and stage. Rather than be siloed or pigeonholed into one style of Play Therapy, clinicians get exposure to a diverse range of approaches which they may independently study further. This format comes from my own experience doing Play Therapy for more than a decade and recognizes that no one theory or approach is suitable for all clients and presenting problems. While Play Therapy always works, the type of Play Therapy practiced must be adapted to fit the client’s needs.

What is a Season Pass v. Normal Registration?

The season Pass is for clinicians who are committed to becoming a Registered Play Therapist. It is an automatic registration to all 20 of the trainings scheduled in a season plus the opportunity to complete 30 hours of independent, non-contact continuing education courses. The pass is the fastest and most economical way to obtain the minimum 150 hours of Play Therapy CE required by APT to become a Registered Play Therapist.

Can I register for just one training?

Yes, A Time for Play is a series of Play Therapy Continuing Education programs. Each topic and training event stands alone, but together they are designed to give clinicians a comprehensive understanding of approaches to Play Therapy. Knowledge of Play Therapy is helpful but not necessary to participate in trainings. These events are intended for licensed mental health professionals and continuing education hours may apply towards maintenance of a mental health license.

Do you offer scholarships?

A Time for Play recognizes that historic inequities and systemic bias have limited the opportunities for BIPOC persons to attain the Registered Play Therapist credential. The primary aim of this scholarship is to diversify the Play Therapy profession and expand the benefits of Play Therapy to BIPOC clients and families. CLICK HERE for scholarship details

Do you offer Discounts for Non-Profits?

A Time for Play is proud to offer a 10% discount to local non-profit organizations that sponsor one or more employees to receive a Season Pass to the A Time for Play | Play Therapy Instruction Series. CLICK HERE for scholarship details

So does your program make me a Play Therapist?

No, A Time for Play itself does not offer any credential or certification. The Association for Play Therapy approves applications and distributes the RPT (Registered Play Therapist) SB-RPT, and RPT-S designation. While all of our trainings count towards the CE requirement to attain the credential, participants must independently gain Play Therapy Experience and Play Therapy Supervision; those are not offered as part of our program. If participants attain the required hours of experience and supervision concurrently while attending a season of trainings, they will be well on their way to submitting their credential application to APT. We encourage interested participants to go to APT’s website and review the full credentialing requirements.

CLICK HERE for more information about obtaining the credential.

What is the value of becoming an RPT?

The RPT credential signals to other professionals, the community and potential clients that you have expertise in Play Therapy and working with children and adolescents. I liken it to the difference between a general practice doctor versus a pediatrician. An RPT has advanced knowledge of children’s development, attachment, the powers of play, and pediatric mental health diagnosis and conditions.

How can I keep track of my progress on my Play Therapy journey?

We have created an Excel spreadsheet specifically designed to track hours as you progress along your Play Therapy journey. Feel free to download our free A Time for Play Hours Tracking Log by CLICKING HERE

Approved Provider of Continuing Education

APT Approved Provider # 19-582

Steven L. Parks is an APT Approved Provider of Play Therapy Continuing Education. This event was completed in compliance with all Approved Provider Criteria and Standards of the Association for Play Therapy.

ACEP# 7296

The Healing Place Therapy Center, PLLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Healing Place, PLLC develops and oversees the A Time for Play therapy training series and is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Training Director

Steven L. Parks, LCSW-S, MBA
Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor (RPT-STM)

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Play Therapy Training Series



Alexander JFS Houston
4131 South Braeswood Blvd
Houston, Texas 77025