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Exploring the Therapeutic Power of Play

Richmont is opening a portion of this graduate course from the Certificate in Child & Adolescent Counseling to Richmont alumni and the surrounding community for Continuing Education.

When: Friday, January 29 from 8:30am – 5:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break

Where: Live Webinar OR Richmont Graduate University, Chattanooga Campus, 1815 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404

Presenter: Renee Holdo, MA


Renee Holdo serves as Resident Play Therapist at the Richmont Trauma Center specializing in Child-centered Play Therapy, Activity Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Child Parent Relationship Therapy Training. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family at Richmont Graduate University and received her Post-masters training in Child Centered Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Currently, Renee is pursuing a Ph.D, in Marriage and Family Therapy specializing in Children and Adolescents, and has taken an active role in assisting in the creation of the newly redesigned Child and Adolescent certificate program at Richmont Graduate University. Renee is thrilled to be teaching the first course offered at RGU in the area of Play Therapy this Spring, Introduction to Play Therapy.


This interactive one-day workshop introduces participants to the therapeutic powers of play in the context of the play therapy relationship. The course will demonstrate the efficacy of play therapy as an evidenced based treatment modality. Participants will journey through a brief history of play therapy, gain insight on the person of the play therapist, as well as an understanding of the neurobiological impact of play.  Participants will acquire beginning skills used when treating with play therapy; understand the stages of play therapy, and how play therapy can be applied across the life span. Throughout the workshop, we will engage in the application of essential foundational play therapy skills through case examples, demonstration, and role-play to experience the process and healing power of play therapy. An emphasis will be placed on the use of play therapy with children, adolescents, and families. We will also discuss the requirements in place to become a Registered Play Therapist. This course is applicable for any clinician interested in incorporating play therapy into their practice.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between play, play therapy, and therapeutic play
  • Discuss developmental, neurobiological and therapeutic rationales for the use of play in therapy
  • Identify major theories of play therapy as well as similarities and differences in their application to practice
  • Identify and apply essential foundational play therapy skills
  • Access the evidence base for play therapy and identify specific populations and target problems for which play therapy has shown beneficial treatment effects
  • Identify training and experience requirements for obtaining the RPT designation

Continuing Education:
 7 CEs Awarded. No partial credit awarded.

Target Audience: Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counseling Students


Alumni= $155.00

Professionals= $179.00


Please direct your questions regarding this seminar to Martha Busby at or 404.835.6121..

REFUNDS: Full refunds will only be issued if requested prior to January 22.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identifited. RGU is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Exploring the Therapeutic Power of Play