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Assessing Progress for Young Children in Play Therapy

  • 21 Sep 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Northeast Health Services, 25 Birch St Building B Suite 204, Milford, MA 01757


  • NEAPT Member Registration
  • Non NEAPT Member (Guest)
  • No CE Offered. Student must present valid school ID or proof of enrollment in 12+ credit hours for the semester.


Assessing Progress for Young Children in Play Therapy

Play therapy involves delivery of supports tailored to the presentation of the child client. This has led critics to say that play therapy is not evidence based in spite of research to the contrary. How can play therapists use standards of assessment to document change in child clients? How then can play therapists track progress in young children who are unable to particularly verbalize change? In this workshop, participants will discuss the process of initial intake assessment using screening tools focused on young parents including rating scales by caregivers. Participants will examine several tools that can document entrance to therapy and be utilized to review progress and track changes. Tools will include ratings to support diagnosis and referral for additional assessment as well as ways to monitor change in Child Centered Play Therapy. Because there are often limited resources, all screening tools will be ones that are free and available to clinicians.

Learning Objectives: After successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify appropriate screening and assessment tools for identifying baseline symptoms in young children who present to play therapy
  2. Critique types of information on child presentation based on caregiver rating scales utilized in delivery of play therapy
  3. Discuss application of assessment information to diagnoses, referrals for services and monitoring progress in young children presenting to play therapy

2 Contact CE | Intermediate| Play Therapy Skills and Methods

About our presenter: Denise Galford-Koeppel, PMC, MS, MS Ed, LMHC, RPT™ is a special educator, licensed mental health counselor, trainer, and registered play therapist™ with years of experience. Denise supports children, parents, and educators through the approaches of the Hanen Program®, the Pyramid Model, and Developmental Individual-Differences Relationship -Based Model® with specialization in working with young children.

NEHS Staff $50; NEAPT Members $75; Guests $125; NEHS Staff $50

This training is approved by APT Approved Provider 02-123 for 2 CE hours. NEAPT maintains responsibility for the program. Registrants understand and agree that any photograph, video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote NEAPT.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than September 1, 2024. Cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee. Substitutions (someone else attending) or transfer of registration to another training date may be requested. No refunds or partial refunds after September 1, 2024.

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