Child and Play Therapy

Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems, using play materials as part of a therapeutic process. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them.  Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others.

Play Therapy can be used as a short-term or long-term intervention. Play Therapy can be used in a variety of settings such as Children's Services, Community Agencies, Psychiatric Centers, Children's Hospitals, Schools, and Women's Shelters. Play Therapists work with children, teens, adults, groups and families.

CACPT - The Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy

The Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT) serves as the professional association for the field of child psychotherapy and play therapy in Canada. CACPT was established to ensure qualified clinicians in the practice of child psychotherapy and play therapy.  Certification categories are:  Certified Child Psychotherapist Play Therapist (CPT) and Certified Play Therapy Associate (CPT-A). 

See the Association website - www.cacpt.com

CCPA - The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

CCPA membership includes experts and specialists in numerous mental health areas ranging from ADHD and learning disabilities; marriage counselling; eating disorders; stress, depression, and anger; grief and infertility; weight management and body image; addiction; Aboriginal issues; family counselling; career development and management, and much more.

Credentialing: In 1986, CCPA established a credentialing service for its members:  Canadian Certified Counsellors (CCC).  Counsellor certification is a national service that identifies to the public those counsellors whom CCPA recognizes as qualified to provide counselling services in Canada. Obtaining the status of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) includes recognition of standards of professional preparation, continuing education, and a formal code of ethics. As a non-statutory, self-regulating body, CCPA provides advice and discipline for certified members on matters of professional conduct.

See the Association website: www.ccpa-accp.ca

 PACCP - Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Christian Counselling/Psychotherapy attends to biblical counselling, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, addictions, pastoral counselling, marriage and family, play therapy, art therapy, neurological disorders, children, adolescents, Aboriginal, and many other issues.  Clinicians use various modalities of counselling and psychotherapy including Narrative, Emotionally Focused, Biblical Counselling, Cognitive-1behavioral, Mindfulness, Play and Art therapy, EMDR, Dialectical, Solution-Focused, Family Systems theory, Exposure, and much more.

See the Association website: www.paccc.ca/