The Use of Touch in Play Therapy: Ethics and Clinical Applications

Presenter: Robyn Rausch, MA, LPC-S (TX), LPCC (NM), RPT

3 Non contact CE’s

 APT Content Area: Skills and Methods

A three-hour training focused on the use of touch in therapy. This day in age, it is very stressful to use touch in therapy due to the liability of using physical touch with a child. This is made even more complicated by the myriad of traumas, neglect, and attachment struggles that our clients experience before coming to our office. Despite these struggles, touch is an essential ingredient to building attachment and regulation in young children. Therefore, this training is designed to help therapist’s understand the ethical dilemmas, best practices and importance of touch in play therapy.

OBJECTIVES. Participants will: 

1) discuss ethical dilemmas and best practices in the use of touch based on APT’s Paper on Touch.

2) identify 3 forms of touch they feel comfortable using in the play therapy room.

3) identify 3 appropriate and intentional uses of touch during play therapy.

4) discuss ways to identify negative uses of touch in play therapy and the triggers for those interactions.


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·       Please submit all cancellation requests within 10 calendar days of registration and no later than 5 days prior to the scheduled course date in order to receive a full refund of paid registration fees minus admin fees based on a 30% of cost of training (ie. $60 x 30% = $18 admin fee).

·       No shows and cancellations not made within the specified cancellation period will incur the full cost of registration.

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Cancellation by Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy Institute Of NM (CCC & PTI)

·       Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy Institute of NM reserves the right to cancel any training course due to insufficient enrollment at least 15 calendar days in advance of the scheduled course date. Notice will be provided with the option to reschedule for a future course date or to receive a full refund of registration fees.

·       CCC & PTI is not responsible for any expenses incurred by the customer if a training course is cancelled.

·       If a training class is cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstances such as weather or natural disaster, the customer is encouraged to reschedule for a future training course.


The Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy of Institute of NM (CC PTI of NM) is fully committed to complying with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content, and in the treatment of attendees.

While we go to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all and attempt to anticipate problems, we recognize that complaints will arise.  When problems do present themselves, we will attempt to alleviate complaints as quickly as possible.

Complaints relative to a speaker, contents of instructional materials being presented, an individual educational style being utilized, or facilities where a training is held should be addressed with Lisa Dykes-Harrell, Director of the Training Program at CCC PTI of NM, who will attempt to resolve the matter as expeditiously as possible. You can contact Lisa at

The Use of Touch in Play Therapy: Ethics and Clinical