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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 21 & Saturday, January 22 from 8:30am – 5:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break

Where: Richmont Graduate University, Atlanta Campus, 1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

Presenter: Renee Holdo, MA


Miss Renee,” as she is known to her clients, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and a Certified Autism Specialist. She specializes in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Training, Activity Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, TruamaPlay, AutPlay (certified provider), Sandplay Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Family Play Therapy. Renee serves as the Director for the Richmont Center for Play Therapy Education and Training at Richmont Graduate University, an Association of Play Therapy Approved Center. She is an Adjunct Faculty teaching in the Child and Adolescent Counseling certificate program. 

Renee received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Richmont Graduate University. Her post-masters training in Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child Parent Relationship Training was done at the renowned Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Currently, Renee is completing a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy specializing in Children and Adolescents. 

Renee’s clinical experience includes work with victims, families, and survivors of Child Sexual Abuse at the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing, was the Resident Play Therapist at Richmont Trauma Center creating the centers play therapy program, and private practice as a Play Therapist at Perspectives Psychological. She has served as the Executive Director and an Educational Consultant for RMH Educational Consulting and College Counseling. Renee holds a certificate in Christian Sex Therapy focusing on Sexual Abuse and Trauma and helping individuals and families navigating Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation issues. Renee regularly presents on topics surrounding play therapy, child development, and parent education. 


This interactive two-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.
  • List 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
  • Describe the history, theories, techniques and current research of play therapy.
  • Conduct a successful therapeutic play intervention from the intake through play therapy termination.
  • Explain the purpose and goals of play therapy and the rationale for selection of appropriate toys and materials for a playroom or portable play kit.
  • Observe the child/adolescent world as viewed by the child/adolescent and recognize child/adolescent play and behavior.
  • Identify issues of diversity and how they impact various facets of play therapy.
  • Recognize the developmental stages of children and children’s play.
  • Describe the ethical and legal issues inherent when working with children and adolescent clients.

Continuing Education: 14 CEs Awarded. No partial credit awarded.

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



Alumni= $310.00

Professionals= $360.00

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 21.

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