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Becoming a Registered Play Therapist School Psychologists can now become Registered Play Therapists!

Janet Vessels, MS, LPCC, RPT-S & Teri Nowak, PhD, NCSP Lexington, Kentucky

Overview of Session 

Play Therapy in the Schools



Registered Play Therapists



School-Based Registered Play Therapists



Fitting Play Therapy into Your Busy Day

What is Play Therapy? “The systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."

Play Therapy in the Schools Advantages

Disadvantages

Students are present as school

Student’s confidentiality/privacy

Students aren’t absent from school Connect with caring adult Collaboration with teachers

Cost effective

Unable to go in-depth into trauma

Unable to access family involvement An abundance of problems Missing out on instruction

Lack of acceptance of usefulness

Advantages of Becoming a Credentialed Play Therapist Play therapy helps children: 

Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.



Develop new and creative solutions to problems.



Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.



Learn to experience and express emotion.



Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.



Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.



Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.

So, how do you get there?

Definitions 

RPT = Registered Play Therapist



RPT-S = Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor



RPT/S = refers to both RPT and RPT-S



SB-RPT = School-Based Registered Play Therapist



Credentials conferred by the Association of Play Therapy (APT)

You need KDE & APT

Association for Play Therapy Mission: To advance the play therapy modality and the knowledge and expertise of those mental health professionals engaged in play therapy practice, instruction, and supervision. http://www.a4pt.org/

Two Options for School Psychologists Doctoral Level & Licensed 

RPT



RPT-S

Specialist Level & Certified 

SB-RPT

Required Criteria to Earn RPT/S Credentials 

License: 



Current and active individual state license to independently provide clinical mental health services.

Educational Degrees: 

Master’s or higher mental health degree with demonstrated coursework in child development, theories of personality, principles of psychotherapy, and child & adolescent psychopathology, and ethics.

Required Criteria to Earn RPT/S Credentials 

Clinical Experience: 





General clinical experience required by state licensure roughly equivalent to 2 years and 2,000 hours of general mental health clinical experience. RPT-S: Same as above plus an additional 3 years and 3,000 hours of general clinical experience after initial licensure.

Play Therapy Training: 

150 hours of play therapy specific instruction from institutions of higher education or APT-approved providers (limit 50 noncontact hours).

Required Criteria to Earn RPT/S Credentials 

Supervised Play Therapy Experience & Supervision:  



500 hours of supervised play therapy specific experience, plus 50 hours of concurrent play therapy specific supervision. RPT-S: Same as above plus an additional 500 hours of supervised or unsupervised play therapy experience.

Supervisor Training (for RPT-S only): 

Either be a state-designated supervisor and have completed six (6) hours of play therapy specific supervisor training OR completed 30 hours of supervisor training, at least six (6) of which are play therapy specific. These hours may be contact or non-contact hours.

Required Criteria to Earn RPT/S Credentials 

Renewal Criteria: 

Annual: Current and active individual state license to independently provide clinical mental health services.



CE Cycle: 18 hours of play therapy specific instruction from institutions of higher education or APT-approved providers every 36 months.  RPT-S: Same as above plus (6) hours of supervisor training every 36 months.

Steps to Becoming a RPT

Review your transcripts

Be sure you have the clinical experience

Sign up for play therapy courses or trainings

Find a supervisor

Conduct direct play therapy services

Apply for credential

School-Based Registered Play Therapist 

For school based mental health professionals who are certified by the state department of education  School psychologists  School counselors



Help consumers identify those with specialized training and experience in play therapy.

Required Criteria to Earn SB-RPT Credentials 

License: 



Current and active individual state license or certificate from the State Department of Education to independently practice as a school counselor or school psychologist.

Educational Degrees: 

Master’s or higher mental health degree with demonstrated coursework in child development, theories of personality, principles of psychotherapy, and child & adolescent psychopathology, and ethics.

REQUIRED CORE CONTENT AREA

Possible Titles of Courses on Transcripts (List not exhaustive)

Child Development

Life Span Development, Human Behavior in Social Environment (HBSE) I

Theories of Personality

Counseling Theories, HBSE I or II

Psychotherapy

HBSE I or II, Counseling Process & Skills, Clinical SW Practice

Child & Adolescent Psychopathology

Abnormal Psychology or Behavior, HBSE III, DSM, Diagnosis & Treatment, Mental Emotional & Behavioral Disorders

Ethics

Intro into the Profession, SW Issues

Required Criteria to Earn SB-RPT Credentials 

Clinical Experience: 



General clinical experience required by the State Department of Education school counselor or school psychologist license/certification PLUS 2 years of continuous work in school setting post licensure/certification.

Play Therapy Training: 

150 hours of play therapy specific instruction from institutions of higher education or APT-Approved Providers (limit 50 noncontact hours).

Required Criteria to Earn SB-RPT Credentials 

Supervised Play Therapy Experience & Supervision: 

 

Must be supervised by an RPT-S for a period of no less than 1 school year during which the applicant documents a minimum of 600 direct client hours utilizing play therapy plus 50 hours of concurrent supervision. A maximum of 25 hours of the 50 hours of supervision may be in a group setting. These supervised hours must be completed during or after the applicant earned her/his Master’s degree.

Types of Supervision 

Individual Supervision. Consists of one supervisor and one supervisee.



Group Supervision. Consists of one supervisor and at least two but not more than 10 supervisees.



Individual in Group Supervision: You may obtain individual supervision hours within a group only if focus was on your play therapy case, notes, reports, or session video and does not exceed 10 supervisees. There is no limit to the number of hours that may be obtained in this manner.



Contact or In-Person Supervision: Occurs when you meet in-person with your supervisor to discuss case, notes, reports, session video, or by simultaneously but separately watching and discussing your session video. There is no limit to the number of hours that you may obtain in this manner.



Non-Contact or Distance Supervision: Occurs when you meet with your supervisor via telephone or online to discuss your play therapy case notes, reports, or session video. There is no limit to the number of hours that you may obtain in this manner.

Required Criteria to Earn RPT/S Credentials 

Renewal Criteria: 

Annual: Current and active individual state license or certificate from the State Department of Education to independently practice as a school counselor or school psychologist.



CE Cycle (every 36 months): 18 hours of play therapy specific instruction from institutions of higher education or APTapproved providers. PLUS (3) three hours of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) specific training (or diagnosis/psychopathology).

Denial, Revocation, Suspension, or Probation 1.

Disciplinary action is taken against you by the applicable licensing authority, including but not limited to the State Department of Education, that results in the suspension or revocation of your license or certification

2.

Conviction of a crime related to the provision of school counselor or school psychological services or a crime that would adversely affect the interests, effectiveness, reputation, or image of APT

3.

Falsification, by inclusion or omission, of information on the SB-RPT application or renewal or any supporting document

4.

Failure to complete SB-RPT credentialing application or renewal requirement

5.

Representing your SB-RPT as your primary credential or mental health license

6.

Voluntary relinquishment of your license or certification

Develop Your Plan

Steps to Becoming a SB-RPT

Review your transcripts

Sign up for play therapy courses or trainings

Find a supervisor

Conduct direct play therapy services

You have worked 2 years as a sch psych

Apply for credential

Tips to Help You Succeed First, analyze your coursework. Think about the training you want/need for your current/future. Who’s your target audience? Where are the needs of the students in your school?

Pick the right supervisor for you and your specialty Collect the training certificates—GO!

Do as much simultaneously as possible!

Fitting Play Therapy into a School Psychologist’s Busy Day

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