Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Anxiety Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent) and Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence: Services for Victims and their Children.

Target Population: Children ages 3-10 who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioral and relational problems

For children/adolescents ages: 3 – 10

Brief Description

CCPT 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. Based on person-centered principles, overarching 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.

Program Goals:

The goals of Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) are:

  • Develop a more positive self-concept
  • Assume greater self-responsibility
  • Become more self-directing
  • Become more self-accepting
  • Become more self-reliant
  • Engage in self-determined decision making
  • Experience a feeling of control
  • Become sensitive to the process of coping
  • Develop an internal source of evaluation
  • Become more trusting of self

    Contact Information

    Dee C. Ray, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
    Agency/Affiliation: Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas
    Phone: (940) 565-3864
    Fax: (940) 565-4461

    Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2017

    Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2017

    Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2017