Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)

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Provisional Rating

Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) currently has a provisional rating for the 60 days between: August 7, 2017 and October 6, 2017. If you would like to respond to the Scientific Rating, please submit feedback via the Contact Us page.

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

    Name: 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