During an annual conference in Huntsville, Alabama, I received my first introduction to using Play Therapy with children of abuse and neglect. I eagerly got on the internet looking for more information on how to become a Registered Play Therapist. I began to realize it would take several years to find all the specific training required by the APT in the United States. Even more disheartening was the fact that here in the southwest portion of Virginia, there were no locally credited programs, schools, or courses on Play Therapy. Not to be discouraged, I stumbled upon your website for the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute and read about the two programs, ‘The Green Stream, Introduction to Play Therapy’ and then ‘The Red Stream, Advanced Theory and Techniques in Play Therapy’. This would be the perfect program for me only it was so far away.
After much debating, discussions, and planning I decided it was by far the best way to accomplish my goal. Yes, going to Canada for nine days at a time would require me to use my vacation time from work, but what better place than to vacation in Canada with people interested in Play? After calculating all the travel, time, and cost to find the required Play Therapy trainings across the United States, not only would RMPTI save me at least a year of training time, but would actually be cheaper to fly and stay in Canada. I enjoyed my time there, made new friends, and the training was excellent! I felt I was more than ready to use what I had learned and received extra personal one on one training from Ken and Lorri to fit Play Therapy with the clientele I specialize with.
LCSW, Registered Play Therapist
Children’s Advocacy Center, Bristol/Washington Co. Virginia U.S.A.