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Maritime Play Therapy Centre

Photo taken by Dennis Jarvis  

Teaching neurodevelopmentally informed interventions using the Powers of Play.


Testimonial from a 2019 student.

"The online training I got at Maritime Play Therapy Centre has expanded and enriched my work as a counsellor in so many ways, including meeting the educational  requirements for national certification as a Certified Play Therapist. I have so much more to offer clients now in the way of tools and interventions. We were exposed a wide  variety of approaches in our courses, and encouraged to weave them into our work in ways that make sense for our theoretical orientations. During my training I connected with other therapists who are now a community of colleagues I can rely on. I look forward to more training opportunities at Maritime Play Therapy Centre."

Cynthia Manley. M.A., RCT-C

Maritime Play Therapy Centre provides Play Therapy Certificate education that is recognized by the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. 

We began in September in 2019 and 17 students completed all three LEVELS during Covid. 

Another cohort of students completed Level 1 and they begin Level II September 26th, 2020. 

PLAY THERAPY FOR 2023 and 2024 will be offered LIVE ONLINE. 

This makes the training accessible to clinicians across the Maritimes. 

Level 1 training will occur two Thursday evenings of every month and Level II will two evenings of the month. .  Start time is 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. ATLANTIC TIME. 

We believe in supporting our community to become trauma informed and it begins with us.                            Gabor Mator says: 

  • "We recognize the prevalence of trauma among all of us

  • We learn to notice and feel the trauma symptoms in ourselves

  • We acknowledge that whenever we have an emotional reaction, an old wound is being triggered

  • We understand the imprint of trauma on our behaviors and its impact on our relationships

  • We recognize the pain in others and understand how that pain might be driving their behavior

  • We see the real person underneath the behavior and the trauma

  • We support connection and compassion as the foundations of safety'

  • We know that the experience of safety is the beginning of healing

  • We understand that all trauma is intergenerational"

So in addition to play therapy approaches and sandtray, we provide neuroexperiential and neurodevelopment ally appropriate interventions such as SAFE and SOUND PROTOCOL, NeurOptimal Neurofeedback, EMDR and Brain spotting. 

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Maritime Play Therapy Centre is the approved provider for  Play Therapy Training in the Maritimes. 

All training is online with zoom. 6 hr trainings occur over two Thursday evenings. and the 12 hour trainings occur over four Thursdays. 

Please note that Maritime Play Therapy is not a CAREER COLLEGE. All participants have a pre-existing mental health credential. Each workshop day is $190 plus HST and participants can register for a whole level or 1 training day. 

Please visit this LINK to be taken to our Training site.  

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