Oakland, California
Saturday & Sunday March 16-17, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 12 CEs
Limited to 6 participants
Presenter: Karen E Pernet LCSW, RPT-S


This friendly and welcoming small group training is for therapists, counselors, social workers and others who work with children ages 3 to 12 and who are interested in learning Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), a core skill for helping children who are experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties. CCPT is a humanistic therapy based on the premise that play is the language of children, that growth and healing develop from fully and completely accepting the child exactly as she or he is and that safety and structure are essential ingredients. The workshop is limited to 6 participants.

On Day 1, the focus will be on theory and practice. The essential CCPT skills, structuring, empathic listening, imaginary play and limit setting, will be taught through the use of videos, roleplays and individualized, supportive feedback.

On Day 2, the focus will be on role plays of CCPT sessions, understanding themes, recognizing stages of therapy and tracking progress. Difficult types of play will be reviewed. Involving parents will be covered. Lecture, videos and roleplays will be used. Participants are encouraged to bring case material.

Karen Pernet has been in practice for over 25 years and is a national CCPT and Filial Therapy trainer. She was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Contribution to FT Practice and Training Award. Her trainings have been described as lively, encouraging, responsive to individual needs, informative, interactive and fun. One participant said “I am so glad I took the training…Already there are big changes..clients are sharing more spontaneously about…traumas…I am (again) allowing in the dark play…and the work is fun again.”

After the training participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the principals of Child Centered Play Therapy (as developed by Virginia Axline)
  2. Describe what is meant by each of Axline’s 8 principles of CCPT
  3. List the basic 4 skills of CCPT
  4. Perform the 4 basic skills of CCPT
  5. Name 3 types of presenting situations for which Child Centered Play Therapy would be helpful
  6. Name 1 types of presenting situation for which Child Centered Play Therapy would usually be contraindicated.
  7. Describe the main distinction between non-directive play therapy and directive play therapy
  8. Appropriately handle a wide range of possible situations in play sessions
  9. List 2 ways to meaningfully involve parents in the play therapy process
  10. (If this fits) Describe at least one client and situation with whom the therapist will use CCPT
  11. Explain how at least 1 CCPT skill (such as structure, empathy or limit setting) can be used in Filial Therapy and in other forms of play therapy
  12. Describe the difference between play behaviors and play themes.

Trainer: Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S
Time and Date:
10AM-5:30 PM Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, 2019
3725 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland 94602
$300 if registered before 1/7/19, $350 if registered after 1/7/19
Fee includes delicious snacks and a manual.
Limited to 6 participants to provide individual attention
Credit card charges through Pay Pal. To pay by check, please contact Karen via email so she reserves your spot and then mail a check to: Karen Pernet 3725 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA.
12 CEs - $25 additional charge
Approved by Association for Play Therapy (APT 09-241) NO FEE for APT credits
Fee includes delicious snacks and a manual.
Limited to 6 participants to provide individual attention
Cancellation Policy: Full refund if canceled 45 days in advance minus $50 administrative fee; after that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list.
Questions: Contact Karen at 510-923-0520 or

All trainings provide CEs for mental health professionals. Karen Pernet is on the faculty of Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy. SICGT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychologists may receive continuing education credit for this workshop. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) recognizes APA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs, MFTs and LPCCs. Partial credit cannot be given.

Growth through Play Therapy is a provider for Association for Play Therapy-APT approved provider 09-241. There is no extra charge for APT CEs.

This workshop and presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support.


  • Regular Registration Fee: $350 (after 1/7/19)

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $300 (paid by 1/7/19)
  • 12 CEs @$25 from SICGT
    Approved by Association for Play Therapy (APT 09-241) NO FEE for APT credits.