Oakland, California
Saturday & Sunday, December 6-7, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
12 CEs
Limited to 6 participants
Presenter: Karen E Pernet LCSW, RPT-S
Target Audience: This course is designed for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, pre-licensed associates and graduate mental health students
Prerequisites: None

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.”

Co-trainer: Jeannette Harroun, LMFT, RPT is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist. She has a private practice in Lafayette, CA where she provides psychotherapy and individual consultation and supervision. Her approach to therapy is described as positive, warm and playful. She works with children, teens and parents in addressing a variety of concerns including self-regulation, self-esteem, attachment, tantrums and impulsivity, parenting/co-parenting/blended family issues, anxiety, depression, school and motivational issues, trauma, and divorce. She is an experienced supervisor, trainer and instructor.

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. Appropriately handle a wide range of possible situations in play sessions
  8. List 2 ways to meaningfully involve parents in the play therapy process
  9. Describe the difference between play behaviors and play themes

Trainer: Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S and Jeannette Harroun, LMFT, RPT
Time and Date:
10AM-5:30 PM, Saturday & Sunday, December 6-7, 2020 (1 hour lunch break and two 15 minute breaks will not be counted toward the 12 CEs awarded)
3725 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland 94602
$345 if registered before 10/15/20, $370 if registered after 10/15/20
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
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

Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy (Provider #76949) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’S, LCSW’S, LPCC’S AND LEP’S. SICGT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
Growth through Play Therapy is an approved provider for the Association for Play Therapy APT 09-241.
There is no extra charge for APT CEs.
Partial credit cannot be offered.
This workshop and presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support.
Accommodations: To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at
Grievances: To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email or call 510-923-0520
Certificates: Course Completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form.
Course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


  • Regular Registration Fee: $370 (after 10/15/20)
  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $345 (before 10/15/20)
  • 12 CEs @$25 from SICGT Provider #76949
    Approved by Association for Play Therapy (APT 09-241) NO FEE for APT credits.