Play Therapy California

Play Therapy California

Are you a mental health professional who wants to learn more about play therapy in California?

Mary Ruth Cross and the Academy for Play Therapy Training, we offer programs, workshops, and retreats to help mental health professionals reach their goals of becoming or continuing their path towards play therapy credential. Our courses, workshops, and retreats are taught by Mary Ruth Cross a approved by the Association for Play Therapy, which requires anyone working towards a play therapy certification to complete 150 CEU’s of play therapy specific programs.  We also offer individual or group supervision in support of becoming a Registered Play Therapist or Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.  Our teaching staff has achieved  credential through Mary Ruth Cross and the Association for Play Therapy as Registered Play Therapists-Supervisor.


Play therapy California continuing education

For mental health professionals who want to dedicate their practice to working with wounded children, teens, adults, couples, and families, play therapy offers a unique opportunity to learn how to best communicate with children. Play is a child’s primary language and offers them an opportunity to be able to express complex emotions in a way that they do not otherwise know how to communicate. Mary Ruth Cross and the Academy for Play Therapy Training, we offer exciting and interactive play therapy workshops for those just learning how to incorporate play therapy into their practice and workshops where practitioners can learn more advanced play therapy techniques. Our play therapy training workshops include:


  • Are You Kidding? An Introduction to Play Therapy
  • Betrayal and Resilliancy: Creating Healing from Sexual Abuse Using Play Therapy
  • Child Centered Play Therapy
  • Digging Deeper: Sandtray Therapy with Youth and Families in Play Therapy
  • Filial and Child Centered Play Therapy
  • Introduction to Sandtray
  • Law and Ethics: What Play Therapists and Counselors Need to Know
  • Managing Digital Dangers & Facilitating Healthy Tech Habits Through Play Therapy
  • Playing Around: Integrating Play Into Child Therapy
  • Playfully Connecting: Integrating Play into Couples Counseling
  • Playful Expressions In Supervision
  • Playful Solutions to Serious Problems
  • Play Therapy Techniques
  • Relational Sandtray Therapy In the Playroom
  • Riding the Merry-Go- Round: Navigating Family Relationships Through Play Therapy
  • Sandtray In A Play Therapy World
  • Strained Relationships
  • Tending the Garden: Play Therapy Approaches to Supervision
  • The Many Faces of Trauma
  • Victims/Bullies/Bystanders: A Multi-Modal Play Therapy Approach
  • Who am I? Who Are You? Many Cultures, Many Colors: Diversity in Play Therapy


All of our courses are held at Treehouse family counseling Services, located at 8 Crow Canyon Ct #207, San Ramon, CA 94583. For more information, or to register, please contact Mary Ruth Cross at (925) 626-0084 or Leslie Baker at (925) 998-3392.


Play Therapy California Retreat

If you are looking for a more immersive experience for play therapy California, we invite you to check out  Spark It Up! Play Therapy Experiential Retreat which is being held at the beautiful San Damiano Retreat Center in Dansville, CA. This 3 day retreat is an interactive experience for clinicians at every level and is about growing your understanding of play therapy through experiential application of play and specialized training to better understand yourself as a play therapist and as a provider of the art of play therapy. There will be opportunities to connect with others, spend time in reflection, hiking on one of the many hiking trails, walking the labyrinth, or looking out over the vistas of nearby Mount Diablo. In addition, this course meets the qualifications for 21 hours of continuing education credential for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and supports qualifications in becoming a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy.


Whether you are just learning about play therapy training, continuing your education, or working towards your play therapy certification, Mary Ruth Cross and the Academy for Play Therapy Training gives you the tools and techniques you need for a healthy and playful child therapy practice. Mary Ruth Cross as an approved provider for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, the Association for Play Therapy, and the American Psychological Association, we are approved to provide play therapy continuing education units to MFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s, and Psychologists. (APT Approved Provider 09-2411 CEs for Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Psychologists offered through Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy BBS provider 349 and approved by APA AND Association for Play Therapy Mary Ruth Cross an APT Approved Provider 09-241.) Click HERE to learn more about our course offerings for play therapy California or contact us at (925) 626-0084.  We look forward to hearing from you!