Welcome

Welcome to CE Learning with Maritime Play Therapy Centre. 

This site has a variety of continuing ed courses of interest to therapists, Play Therapists or Child and Youth Care Practitioners. 

Please click on the course you are interested in and you will be taken to the e commerce site where you can pay for the course and then complete it at your own pace. 

If you have any challenges, please email maritimeptc@gmail.com


    Available courses

    Grief and Loss in Foster Parenting

    Many foster parent agencies provide training to foster parents This training rarely includes discussion on the intense impact of loss on foster parents themselves or family members. 

    Learning Outcomes:

    #1 Review symptoms of grief and loss and disenfranchised grief 

    #2 Identify patterns that can be implemented to ensure that all treatment team members are acknowledging the grief experience. 

    #2 Identify resources foster parents can access to mitigate the grief experience 


    Parenting the adolescent

    Parenting adolescents is a journey for all caregivers as well as the adolescents themselves. Foster Caregivers who do not have a longterm history with their adolescents may feel ill equipped to walk along side them in the journey. 

    Learning Outcomes: 

    #1 Define the developmental steps of adolescence. 

    #2 Practice utilizing a screening tool to help prepare your youth for independence

    #3 Identify how the caregiver /teen relationship can be strengthened in the face of expected bumps 

    Review of the impact of early traumatic experiences on the attachment relationship.

    This course reviews how trauma impacts the attachment experience. 

    Learning Outcomes: 

    Review attachment styles

    Identify how behaviours reflect the early traumatic experience

    Review ways to enhance the parent child relationship.




    Supporting our biological children

    This course reviews the role of the unspoken partner in the foster care dynamic - your child. 

    Learning Outcomes: 

    #1 Review the role that biological children sometimes take on  in foster families 

    #2 Consider ways to ensure that the needs of biological children are met.

    #3 Identify how to ensure biological children do not experience vicarious trauma. 


    Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Parenting

    This course digs into the the DSM diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and how it shows up in behaviour. 

    Learning Outcomes

    #1 What is ODD? 

    #2 Identify how ODD is communicated in behaviour?

    #3 identify the impact of ODD on the caregiver / child relationship. 

    #4 Identify ways to strengthen the attachment relationship.


    Advocating for children who have anxiety symptoms.

    The world health organization identifies that anxiety is considered one of the most common mental health experiences of children and youth. 

    This course will:

     Learning Outcomes

    #1 Identify the different types of anxiety

    #2 Match the behaviours that adults observe in children who experience different types of anxiety

    #3 Identify plans that can be shared with other members of the treatment team to support children who have anxiety. 

    #4 Identify strategies that can be implemented in the home milieu to support children who experience anxiety. 



    Understanding how our experiences impact our parenting as foster parents

    All of our experiences (positive and negative) contribute to our ability to be therapeutic caregivers. 

    Sometimes these experiences get triggered in our work with vulnerable children and youth. 

    Learning Outcomes 

    #1 Participants will engage in self-reflective activities that identify past challenges and successes 

    #2 Participants will identify specific parenting values they have identified that are important to both demonstrate and experience in the familial system 

    #3 Participants will review ways they can take care of themselves while working with vulnerable children 


    Helping children move from self harm to managing big feelings.

    Self harm strategies can be a way that children, youth and adults manage traumatic experiences. 

    This short course will assist the caregiver to: 

    Learning Outcomes 

    #1 List various self harm strategies that children may exhibit

    #2 Identify various self care strategies that children may exhibit.

    #3 Review the neurobiology behind self harm 

    #4 Identify ways that the caregiver can disrupt the self harming cycle 

    Play Therapy Supervision Group 1

    Sept 13,  October 11, November 15th, December 6th, January 3rd. 2023 

    Note the November date is one week later as Theresa is doing EMDR refresher training the week before.

    Each group member is required to sign up for Case Presentation in the sign- up area of the learning management system. A case consultation form is provided to structure this presentation. It  is the responsibility of the supervise to obtain client consent for any case provided. 

    Supervision Group Adults/Couples/Families

    July 12, August 9, September 6th, October 25th, November 1 6-8 p.m. Atlantic time

    Each group member is required to sign up for Case Presentation in the sign- up area of the learning management system. A case consultation form is provided to structure this presentation. It  is the responsibility of the supervise to obtain client consent for any case provided. 

    Supervision group children/ youth / families

    July 5, August 2, August 30th, September 27, October 25th 6-8 p.m.  Atlantic Time

    Each group member is required to sign up for Case Presentation in the sign- up area of the learning management system. A case consultation form is provided to structure this presentation. It  is the responsibility of the supervise to obtain client consent for any case provided. 

    Module 1: Intake, Assessment, Consent and Documentation

    This 48 hour online certificate is for newly graduated therapists and counsellors who want to work with children/youth.

    At the end of this certificate participants will:

    • Review theoretical base of psychotherapeutic counselling
    • Review social and emotional development of young people.
    • Explore the ethical and professional aspects of working therapeutically with children and adolescents
    • Work therapeutically with children and young using the arts and play.

    Participants need to have access to internet and a computer to access modules in the learning management system


    Module 1: Intake,  Assessment, Consent and Documentation                                                          


    Module 2: The impact of trauma on Attachment styles, child and adolescent development.

    This 48 hour online certificate is for newly graduated therapists and counsellors who want to work with children/youth.

    At the end of this certificate participants will:

    • Review theoretical base of psychotherapeutic counselling
    • Review social and emotional development of young people.
    • Explore the ethical and professional aspects of working therapeutically with children and adolescents
    • Work therapeutically with children and young using the arts and play.

    Participants need to have access to internet and a computer to access modules in the learning management system




    Module 3: Examine key theoretical perspectives in counselling and psychotherapy for children/youth including the psychodynamic, the humanistic and the neuroscientific

    This 48 hour online certificate is for newly graduated therapists and counsellors who want to work with children/youth.

    At the end of this certificate participants will:

    • Review theoretical base of psychotherapeutic counselling
    • Review social and emotional development of young people.
    • Explore the ethical and professional aspects of working therapeutically with children and adolescents
    • Work therapeutically with children and young using the arts and play.

    Participants need to have access to internet and a computer to access modules in the learning management system



    Module 4: Working eco-systemically with children's networks and contexts honouring the social location of the child

    This 48  hour online certificate is for newly graduated therapists and counsellors who want to work with children/youth.

    At the end of this certificate participants will:

    • Review theoretical base of psychotherapeutic counselling
    • Review social and emotional development of young people.
    • Explore the ethical and professional aspects of working therapeutically with children and adolescents
    • Work therapeutically with children and young using the arts and play.

    Participants need to have access to internet and a computer to access modules in the learning management system


    Student: Sophia Aarons

    Module 5: Directive and non directive play approaches

    This 48  hour online certificate is for newly graduated therapists and counsellors who want to work with children/youth.

    At the end of this certificate participants will:

    • Review theoretical base of psychotherapeutic counselling
    • Review social and emotional development of young people.
    • Explore the ethical and professional aspects of working therapeutically with children and adolescents
    • Work therapeutically with children and young using the arts and play.

    Participants need to have access to internet and a computer to access modules in the learning management system


    Student: Sophia Aarons

    Module 6: Expressive arts

    This 48 hour online certificate is for newly graduated therapists and counsellors who want to work with children/youth.

    At the end of this certificate participants will:

    • Review theoretical base of psychotherapeutic counselling
    • Review social and emotional development of young people.
    • Explore the ethical and professional aspects of working therapeutically with children and adolescents
    • Work therapeutically with children and young using the arts and play.

    Participants need to have access to internet and a computer to access modules in the learning management system


    Student: Sophia Aarons

    Module 7: Case conceptualization

    This 48 hour online certificate is for newly graduated therapists and counsellors who want to work with children/youth.

    At the end of this certificate participants will:

    • Review theoretical base of psychotherapeutic counselling
    • Review social and emotional development of young people.
    • Explore the ethical and professional aspects of working therapeutically with children and adolescents
    • Work therapeutically with children and young using the arts and play.

    Participants need to have access to internet and a computer to access modules in the learning management system


    Student: Sophia Aarons

    Module 8: Therapist self -reflection

    This 48 hour online certificate is for newly graduated therapists and counsellors who want to work with children/youth.

    At the end of this certificate participants will:

    • Review theoretical base of psychotherapeutic counselling
    • Review social and emotional development of young people.
    • Explore the ethical and professional aspects of working therapeutically with children and adolescents
    • Work therapeutically with children and young using the arts and play.

    Participants need to have access to internet and a computer to access modules in the learning management system


    Student: Sophia Aarons

    Keeping Cool in School: sing the Therapeutic Powers of Play to Address Mental Wellness in Schools

    • Discuss the impact of children’s mental health and wellbeing on learning
    • Explore human biological development: The CNS
    • Explore mental health descriptions as listed in the DSM-5Child mental health development
    • Review theoretical perspectives of behavior and emotion
    • Explore classroom interventions that support neurobiology
    • Review strategies that can address neurodiversity and sensory integration
    • Anti-oppressive practice, cultural competence and multiculturalism 
    • Self-Care for Educators


    Level 1 Sandtray Practitioner Certificate

    Sandtray Practitioner Certificate program

     “This workshop meets APT’s definition of “Live Webinar”. 

    LEVEL1 January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2023

    This is your introduction to Sandtray. We review history, necessary tools, the protocol to witness a sandtray and practice in dyads. You take on the role of builder and witness.

    Describe history of sandtray play therapy.  

    Discuss necessary sandtray tools in your play therapy kit including minitures that represent the different social locations of builders.

    Describe the sandtray witnessing protocol in Play Therapy including how to document sandtrays.

    Experience building world while being witnessed by another in sandtray play therapy. 

    Practice witnessing sandtrays using this play therapy protocol

    Discuss polyvagal therapy and how this relates to sandtray practice and experience in play therapy.

    8 hours of zoom live 

    4 hours of reading/ video clips


    Level 2 Sandtray Practitioner Certificate

    Level II February 6, 13, 20, 27th, 2023

    Now that you have learned the Sandtray Protocol we will apply this knowledge to working with individuals across the lifespan, couples, families, and groups. Directive sandtrays will be introduced.

    • Practice the sandtray witnessing protocol. 
    • Describe developmental stages according to Havighurst and how these can be observed in the sandtray.
    • Identify miniature’s that would be important to have in your collection to address developmental needs in sandtray play therapy.
    • Discuss three phases of LOVE according to Gottman (limerence, building trust, building commitment and loyalty) and how these can be observed in sandtray play therapy.
    • Discuss miniatures that a therapist working with couples would want in their collection to support couples in completing directive trays that investigate three phases of love and ATTUNE and how these can be utilized in sandtray play therapy.
    • Discuss how to adapt sandtray office space as well as therapist approach to work with families and groups using the sandtray. 

     


    L4 Using Play in Genogram Assessment

    Genograms have been used since the 1980's to identify family members, strengths, challenges and patterns. Play Miniatures can be utilized with children, adolescents and families to provide a graphic representation of the above.