Ethics and APT Best Practice Guidelines in Play Therapy

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This play therapy training is offered On-Demand as a go-at-your-own pace course for non-contact hours.

Play therapists face numerous ethical dilemmas involving both children and their families. In this experiential workshop, participants will apply personal state rules and codes of ethics and APT Best Practice Guidelines to over 20 play therapy vignettes involving ethical dilemmas. Special emphasis will be given to the following areas within APT Best Practice Guidelines: the therapeutic relationship; parents and family; confidentiality; professional responsibility; relationships with other professionals; evaluation, assessment, and interpretation; supervision and consultation; technology and telemental health. Five personal moral decision-making models will be reviewed and participants will select models to apply to their own play therapy practices.



Learning Objectives:

1. Apply principles from personal board rules, code of ethics, and APT Best Practice Guidelines to 20 play therapy ethical dilemma vignettes

2. Select from five personal moral decision-making models to apply in play therapy.

3. Evaluate personal play therapy professional practices and how to comply with the highest ethical standards

Journal Article:

How To Get the Journal Article:

**Additional $17.95 purchase of APA PsycNet journal article is required for non-APT members. If you are an existing APT member, please see below for instructions on how to access the journal article.**

To access the journal article:

APT members can access current and past journal articles via the American Psychological Association website:

1. Visit the APA website (linked above)

2. Request your password by clicking “Forgot your password or email/username?” and entering the email address APT has on file for you.

3. Then create a new password.

4. Once logged in to the APA website, you can use the link provided in the training to access the article.

5. Read the article and complete the quiz.

Non-APT members can purchase the journal article on this website:

1. Click the link provided in the training to access the article.

2. Click “Get Access on the APA website.”

3. Purchase PDF.

4.Read the article and complete the quiz.




Dr. Rhonda Johnson has been working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families since 1999. She became a TBRI Practitioner in 2011 for her specialty of working with children who have been adopted domestically or internationally, children in state foster care, and children who have experienced trauma. Dr. Johnson is also an EMDR Consultant and a Somatic ExperiencingTM Practitioner in Training.

She is the founder and owner of the Center for Counseling and Family Relationships, a large, thriving group practice that was established in 2007 and specializes in family systems and trauma-informed approaches. Dr. Johnson is also the founder and owner of CCFAM Training, established in 2012, and Play Therapy Training Resources, established in 2021. Through these companies, she provides continuing education, supervision, and consultations. She is also a teaching fellow for B.H. Carroll Seminary.