“A solitary fantasy can transform one million realities.” ~Maya Angelou

What People Are saying About our Trainings
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"CCCPTI consistently provides excellent and engaging webinars. The presenters are knowledgeable and responsive. They provide more than basic theory and information but practical application and ways to utilize the information."

"These trainings are always well organized and straight to the point. They are clear and concise."

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" I have taken multiple trainings with the Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy Institute of New Mexico since the beginning of COVID (online trainings) and every time the presenters have been well informed and very prepared. Each topic is useful and every presenter is passionate about therapy."

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"Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy Institute of New Mexico has been offering wonderful online trainings throughout COVID that have been very helpful and practical."

training has been so unique and helpful both personally and professionally to think about as a helping
Thank you!
Alyssa Garcia (MSW student @ NMSU)
Thank You!
training has been so unique and helpful both personally and professionally to think about as a helping
Thank you!
Alyssa Garcia (MSW student @ NMSU
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“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” – Piaget

Join us on our New Play Therapy Training Platform! 

Please find our cancellation, refund and grievance policy here

Certificate Program - For more information please visit our website.

Training for 2022

January 9, 2022 - Foundations in Play Therapy: The Greats - 6CEs Live Online APT Contact-8:30-11:30am, Break, 12:30-3:30pm

February 13, 2022 - Introduction to Child Centered Play Therapy - 6CEs Live Online APT Contact- 8:30-11:30am, Break, 12:30-3:30pm

March 12, 2022 - Garry Landreth Child Centered Play Therapy: Deeper Issues - 6CEs Live Online APT Non Contact Hours - 8:30-11:30am Break-11:30-12:30, 12:30-3:30pm

April 10, 2022 - Play Therapy Treatment Planning and Documentation - 6CEs Live Online APT Contact -8:30-11:30am, Break, 12:30-3:30pm

May 1, 2022 - Ethics in Clinical Treatment and Play Therapy - 6CEs Live Online APT Contact - 8:30-11:30am, Break, 12:30-3:30pm

June 12, 2022 - Play Therapy Social and Cultural Diversity - 6CEs Live Online APT Contact - 8:30-11:30am, Break, 12:30-3:30pm

July 10, 2022 - Experiential Work For Play Therapy - 3CEs Live Online APT Non Contact - 8:30-11:30am

Special Topics in 2022

Adlerian Play Therapy Bundle

January 23, 2022 - Introduction to Adlerian Play Therapy Foundations - 6CEs Live Online APT  Contact -9:00 am-4:00 pm MST

February 27, 2022 - Adlerian Play Therapy Techniques and Treatment Planning - 3CEs Live Online APT Contact - 9:00 am-12:00 pm MST

March 27, 2022 - Advanced Adlerian Play Therapy Strategies and Case Conceptualization - 3CEs Live Online APT Contact 9:00 am-12:00 pm MST

Certificate Program About

For Questions or to sign up for Certificate Program email 

Contact us by mail at
1400 Maclovia, Ste.1 Santa Fe, NM 87505
For checks make out to Child Counseling Center of New Mexico 
Contact us by phone at 505-772-0459

If you would like to receive periodic notices of Play Therapy Trainings and therapeutic work with children, please sign up on our mailing list to the right. We look forward to working with you! 

Our workshops are for counselors, social workers, students and others interested in play therapy and the mental health field. 

The New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department, Boards and Commissions,  Board of Social Work Examiners accepts approved counseling and therapy practice CEs for license requirements. Please always check with your professional licensing board for current rules and regulations.

To all participants: If you were dissatisfied with the workshop, please contact the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board immediately.

Please find our cancellation, refund and grievance policy here. 

Here are some of our Trainers! 

Lisa Dykes-Harrell, LPCC, RPT-S, Founding Member, Training Director

Lisa has over 25 years counseling experience that ranges from school counseling to private practice, to full time university instructor in counseling. Lisa has been using Play Therapy extensively in her practices since 2001. She has presented numerous counseling and play therapy workshops for CE credit and supervises future therapists and Play therapists. After retiring from Eastern New Mexico University in 2015, Lisa moved to Santa Fe, NM where she has worked with the Military Family Life Counselor Program (MFLC) and currently the Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy Institute of New Mexico.

Robyn D Rausch, LPC, RPT, trainer, Board of Directors, Chair
Robyn has 5 years of experience in play therapy. She has been working with kids with mental health difficulties most of her life and has a great passion for helping families build resilience and regulation. She currently works with Renewing Hope Counseling in Houston, Texas and advocates through her business, Calming Communities. She practices Adlerian Play Therapy through Relational Cultural Lens and includes a lot of neuroscience as the foundation for skill building. For more information about Robyn, check out her page

Geri Glover, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S, Founding Member, Board of Directors

Geri Glover has worked with children and families for over 30 years in education, day treatment programs, private practice, mental health clinics, and is currently Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at New Mexico Highlands University. She completed research in Filial Therapy with Native Americans residing on the Flathead Reservation in northern Montana in honor of her Salish ancestry. Her research has appeared in such publications as The School Counselor Journal and The International Journal of Play Therapy. Dr. Glover is a strong advocate of multicultural awareness and its importance in the therapeutic relationship. She has numerous publications, and is co-author of Play Therapy Interventions with Children’s Problems.

Courtney Lewis, MA, LPCC, RPT-S, IMH-E II, trainer

Registered Circle of Security Parenting (COSP™) FacilitatorCourtney is the owner and director of Small Steps Child Counseling.  She provides administrative and clinical direction, as well as, reflective supervision at Small Steps.  She treats clients through dyadic play therapy, CPP, infant mental health home visiting, Circle of Security Parenting Classes and Theraplay family treatment.  Courtney has earned credentials through the Association for Play Therapy as a Registered Play Therapist and is Endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist.  Courtney developed the Stepping Out Program to support the development of well trained child therapists in New Mexico.  The program was created to give therapists an opportunity to launch out on their own with the support of Small Steps administrative services and staff.  Courtney is currently in process of developing an Infant Mental Health Fellowship through Small Steps.

Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S
Elizabeth is an Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University where she teaches play therapy, animal-assisted counseling, and marriage and family therapy courses. She specializes in strength-based and trauma-informed approaches for working with children and families. Dr. Hartwig is the author of the book Solution-Focused Play Therapy: A Strengths-Based Clinical Approach to Play Therapy and co-author of the book Canine-Assisted Interventions: A Comprehensive Guide to Credentialing Therapy Dog Teams. She is a Past President of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and currently serves on the Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors. She is also the founder and director of the Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy. Dr. Hartwig has a private practice in New Braunfels, TX called Pawsitive Family Counseling, LLC, where she works with her canine partner, Holly.

Teri V. Krull, LCSW, RPT-S, DCSW (NASW) has a 37-year private practice treating children and providing consultation to professionals and parents.  A member of APT since 1985 and co-founder and first president of the Arizona APT, she served 6 years on the APT Boar (Chaired in 2000) and is currently a board member of the National APT Foundation.  Teri is an international presenter in play therapy, parent coach and has produced 4 educational play therapy films for long distance learning.  In 2010 she was honored with the Arizona District and State NASW Lifetime Achievement Award.  Teri is licensed in both Arizona and Maryland. You can contact her at: or

Carmen Jimenez-Pride, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP, RYT-200, RCYT, RPT-S is the creative mind behind Focus on Feelings®, an emotional literacy curriculum, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider, Certified EMDR Therapist, and Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist. 

Carmen is a trauma therapist experienced in the clinical treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with culturally diverse backgrounds addressing a wide range of concerns. Carmen’s career in the mental health field spans more than 15 years.

Carmen is an international speaker, award-winning best-selling author, and business consultant. She is a visionary in the therapeutic community, working to create and develop a wide range of educational tools to assist the clinician, and the client to reach optimum goals. With a focus on cultural humility and cultural diversity, Carmen educates clinical professionals to address racial and cultural trauma within their clinical practices. 
Carmen Jimenez-Pride is the developer of Diversity in Play Therapy Inc.; and the 2020 Diversity in Play Therapy Summit. Carmen is also the developer of Focus on Feelings®.