Q&A: How To Become A Registered Play Therapist

Mar 23, 2023

Tricia emailed me the following question: “Hello! I am currently a graduate student in mental health counseling in the state of New York. Unfortunately there aren’t many resources for play therapy in the upstate area. I’m wondering if you could share your knowledge on the steps to becoming a registered play therapist. I will be graduating this August with my degree in mental health counseling but want to become registered in play therapy specifically. I’m sure there are many future play therapists listening to your podcast that could benefit from knowing how to get there!” In this episode of the podcast, I discuss the requirements for RPT. Then I will try to give you some insight and explain the benefits of getting your RPT credentials.

Links to resources discussed in this episode:
Credentialing Standards for the Registered Play Therapist™


  • Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
  • VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
  • Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
  • Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.
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