Advanced Training 2024

The Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT) presents:

Intensive Training Certificate: A Spectrum of Superpowers in Play Therapy

Registration Open Now

October 5th and 6th, 2024 

Presented by: Cynthia Manley, MA, CCC, RCT, CPT

Course Content

Is Autism Spectrum Disorder a disability, Superpower or combination of both? In this course, we explore a new way of looking at this diagnosis and using this lens in play therapy. We will balance theoretical and factual knowledge with examples of clinical experiences. In the first part of the course, we review up to date information about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Further, we investigate the dimensions of Autism including executive function, sensory-based challenges, emotional regulation, and social skills.

Participants then identify and engage in both directive and non-directive play therapy with clients on the spectrum after we review case conceptualization and treatment planning. The Superpowers of ASD will also be investigated.



Certificate Outcomes:

1. Name some Superpowers of ASD that might emerge in Play Therapy and explain how they might create resilience factors for clients and caregivers.

2. List diagnostic criteria for ASD that are relevant for play therapy.

3. Name common myths/misinformation about ASD that might hinder progress in Play Therapy.

4. Explain the concept of Executive Function and how it applies to Play Therapy.

5. Describe the grief process of parents/caregivers and how it impacts Play Therapy.

6. Name research-based play therapy interventions that would be appropriate for clients on the spectrum.

7. Conceptualize cases for children/teens on the spectrum and create Play Therapy treatment plans that address dysregulation, lagging social skills, sensory based challenges, executive functioning and the superpowers of having autism.

8. Identify directive and non-directive play therapy approaches that address: dysregulation issues, lagging social skills, sensory based challenges and executive functioning.

9. Discuss ways to involve caregivers in the play therapy process.