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Intro to Play Therapy - Part 1

Date:   To Be Determined

Time: To Be Determined

Location: To Be Determined


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Training Description:

This all day training is for therapists, counselors, social workers, and others who are interested in learning how to apply directive and nondirective play techniques and work with youth and families in the child welfare or probation systems. This training provides play basics, such as materials needed in order to get started, cultural considerations, and contraindications. This training also consists of 2 parts, one on nondirective play techniques and another on directive play techniques. Both parts include videos, case studies, and experiential activities. The aim for this training is to provide participants with as much introductory information as possible in order to provide effective play based interventions for their clients.


About the Trainer:

Cristal Alvarado is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with an MA in Counseling Psychology and Correctional Emphasis. She currently works with at-risk youth and Hayward families at the Hayward Police Department. Cristal previously worked with First Five in East San Jose and has been practicing play therapy since 2017. Cristal provides play therapy trainings centered on culture to agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.


**All instructors and staff declare that they have no known conflicts of interest.*


Educational Goals: 

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to: 

  • Use play therapy basics to begin implementing client centered play therapy in their practice. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to use directive or nondirective play activities with clients and families to move the therapeutic process forward. 

  • Use self-regulation activities to help youth and families regulate.



  • Participants will be able to identify at least 2 ways in which directive and nondirective play are different.

  • Participants will be able to implement at least 2 interventions/activities in play that are directive and nondirective.

  • Participants will be able to discuss at least 2 contraindications for play and clients.


Target Audience:

This is an introductory course designed for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, pre-licensed associates, and graduate mental health students.



To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at



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Course Completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form and passing of a post-test. Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.



Full refund if canceled 45 days before training, minus $50 administrative fee; after that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list. Participants may cancel via If a course must be cancelled, the course participants are notified via email no later than one week in advance. In the event that an instructor has an emergency and must cancel a course with less than a week notice, participants will me notified immediately via email and include information regarding a rescheduled date.




Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit, for LMFTs, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Cristal Alvarado is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #10003384) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT's, LCSW;s, LPCC;s, and LEP's. Cristal Alvarado maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.



Part 1 - Play Therapy Basics

9 am – 10:15 am 

  • Play Basics 

    • different types/theories

    • how to get started/materials

10:15 – 15 min break – does not count towards CEUs 


Part 2 - Nondirective Play

10:30 am – 12pm 

  • Nondirective Play Basics

    • Videos / case studies 

    • Reflective Practice


12 – 1 pm -- Lunch Break – does not count towards CEUs


Part 3 - Directive Play

1pm – 4pm 

  • Directive Play Basics

    • Videos/case studies

    • CBPT

    • Bibliotherapy



Intro to Play Therapy - Part 1

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