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About Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT):

Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT; Landreth, 1991; 2002; 2012) is a developmentally responsive, play-based mental health intervention for young children ages 3 to 10 who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioral and relational disorders. CCPT utilizes play, the natural language of children, and therapeutic relationship to provide a safe, consistent therapeutic environment in which a child can experience full acceptance, empathy, and understanding from the counselor and process inner experiences and feelings through play and symbols. In CCPT, a child’s experience within the counseling relationship is the factor that is most healing and meaningful in creating lasting, positive change. The goal of CCPT is to unleash the child’s potential to move toward integration and self-enhancing ways of being. Child outcomes following CCPT include decreased symptomatic behaviors and improvement in overall functioning.

For more detailed information about CCPT outcome research studies, please visit Evidence-Based Child Therapy, an online searchable database for play therapy research.

About Filial Therapy

Filial therapy provides caregivers (typically parents) with training in basic play therapy techniques so they can use these techniques with their own children. This modality originated as a group family program and was one of the first systemic family therapy interventions.

Founded on the belief parents can learn the necessary skills to become therapeutic agents in their children’s lives, filial therapy incorporates family members as the main agents of change, offering a unique outlook on the therapy process. Trained professionals educate primary caregivers in the method and then provide supervision and guidance as families begin to navigate and resolve challenges.