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Note: While this online course offers information that will appeal to many play therapists across the United States, the content is specific to the needs of those play therapists residing in California. 

The tools you need to build your unique play therapy practice:

  • Online or in person?
  • Work from home?
  • Rent a room or an entire office space?
  • Choosing a location
  • Building considerations: Bathroom, waiting room, parking, confidentiality
  • Practice considerations: Other therapist needs, other clientele
  • Marketing: Do I need a Psychology Today account? Website? Should I use Goole Ads? What do I do with social media (and what do I need to add to my informed consent as a result?)?
  • Setting up a playroom: Where do I start?
  • Should I niche? How?
  • Which online practice management is better for me?
  • How do I ethically manage electronic data storage, such as pictures of client sand trays and artwork? What do I then do with the artwork?
  • Should I bill insurance as in-network or out-of-network?
  • How do I get paid?
  • Do I need an accountant?
  • Do I need a sliding scale?
  • How do I assess the needs of the community?
  • How do I assess my needs?
  • Do I need to work after school to see children and teens?
  • How do I balance my children’s after-school needs with my desire to work after school?
  • What forms do I need and where do I get them?
    • The following downloadable templates will be available:
      • Informed Consent
      • Biopsychosocial Intake
      • Separated/Divorced Parents Agreement
      • Cooperative Contract for Parents/Families
      • Emotional Literacy Basics for Parents/Families
      • Group Play Therapy Agreement

This online play therapy program is self-paced. Play therapy practices can be online, small and portable, or as large and elaborate as a multi-clinician office. No matter what your play therapy practice business plan entails, every clinician must start with the basics. We are going to explore the foundations of every practice, where to start, and how to grow.

Additionally, participants will receive templates for basic forms they must have before meeting with their first client.

Presenters: This online self-paced program was developed by Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S, and Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S

Registration Fee: $199

Participants: Mental Health Professionals

Contact Hours: This program does NOT qualify for CE Credit.

Location: 381 Earhart Way, Livermore, CA, 94550 PLEASE NOTE: This location is subject to change due to audience size. If the location changes, it will be held at another venue in Livermore.) 

For APT Training, Play Therapy Primary Areas: Play Therapy Skills and Methods (4 Hours)


  • 9-10:30 AM
  • 10:30-10:45 Break (no CE’s will be awarded for this time)
  • 10:45-12:15 Experiential exercises
  • 12:15-12:45 Lunch (no CE’s will be awarded for this time)
  • 12:45:-2 Case Studies, Q&A, Wrapup

About the Speakers:

  • Susan Kelsey, MFT, RPT-S is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor specializing in play therapy for children from toddlers to teens. She was in practice for over 20 years specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents using play therapy as her treatment of choice. Susan presents workshops nationally and internationally and is recognized by her peers as an expert on the treatment of children and adolescents.
  • Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor passionate about applying play therapy’s therapeutic power to help children and families heal and grow. She has presented at workshops nationally and internationally. She is a certified yoga instructor

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