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When trauma stays trapped in a child’s body they feel overwhelmed.

They don’t sleep. They’re anxious, depressed, failing in school, angry and socially isolated…

…They are completely vulnerable.

And they can’t describe what’s going on inside them. They simply don’t have the words and language to TELL you.

Traditional therapies can’t help them. To end their suffering, you have to turn to their natural language: Play.

Through play, children expose their trauma, formulate their narrative and begin to heal.

And now, with this powerful online training, you can learn how to integrate play therapy with the core components of the leading evidence-based trauma treatments like EMDR, Trauma Focused CBT, and more.

Packed full of tools, strategies and techniques you can effortlessly blend into your clinical practice, this unique certification course will show you step-by-step how you can help treat unspeakable heartache.

Don’t wait, register today to unlock a powerful approach that can help your clients achieve lasting results and offer them hope through the power of play.

PS – Complete this course and you will become a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional. Purchase today and you'll also get a BONUS session from Jennifer Lefebre, Psy.D., RPT-S, where she'll show you how to adapt your treatment plans to a telehealth setting... So your sessions don't have to skip a beat while we're practicing social distancing.

Learn more below...

Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents
A Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional Training Course

Valued at $639.94
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!
BONUS! Your certification application fee (A $99.99 value) AND your CE Hours (up to 15.25)
are included in today's deeply discounted registration! Click here for Credit details.
Certification Made Simple
In just three easy steps, you can become a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP).

Step 1: Watch the online course.
Step 2: Complete the CE test(s) and instantly print your certificate(s) of completion.
Step 3: Submit the Certification Questionnaire included in this training, and your application is complete.*
Click here for full Certification requirements.  

That’s it! No hidden fees. No catch. Just certification made EASY.

*Professional standards apply. Click Here to Learn More About the Certification

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What Will I Learn?
This comprehensive certification online course provides the foundation of skills you need to successfully integrate play therapy with the leading evidence-based trauma treatment models.

You'll walk away confident in your ability to implement play-based trauma interventions in a fun, engaging, safe, and appropriate manner. You’ll discover…

  • How to provide children engaging, developmentally appropriate and empirically validated treatment
  • Essential components of trauma treatment that flexibly combine with sensory, non-verbal and embodied play
  • A clinical framework that incorporates trauma theory, neuroscientific research and play therapy principles
  • Strategies to improve self-regulation, attachments and relational engagement
  • Tools to enhance the capacity for healthy play among the youngest of trauma survivors
  • 20+ clinical and ethical best practice guidelines
  • 10 different types of touch that can occur in a therapy session
  • 4 ways to evaluate for a child’s psychosocial experiences related to touch
  • 5 therapeutic interventions to handle in-the-moment ethical dilemmas in a play therapy session
  • ...and more
Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents
A Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional Training Course

Valued at $639.94
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!
BONUS! Your certification application fee (A $99.99 value) AND your CE Hours (up to 15.25)
are included in today's deeply discounted registration! Click here for Credit details.
Trauma Treatment for Children & Adolescents — Healing the Body Through Play
with Jennifer Lefebre, PsyD, RPT-S

Make it easier for the children in your practice to process trauma with step-by-step guidance from Dr. Jenn Lefebre.

You’ll begin by exploring the neuroscience of childhood trauma followed by a deep dive into assessment tools and strategies for complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder and more.

You’ll end module one with an integrated, clinical framework that incorporates play therapy into proven evidence-based trauma treatment models including:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC)
  • Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education Therapy (TARGET)
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

Outline | Module 1


Neuroscience of Childhood Trauma Theory
  • Fight-or-Flight (parasympathetic/sympathetic nervous system)
  • Attachment Theory

  • Complex Trauma
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Developmental Trauma Disorder
  • A new conceptualization and integrated clinical framework

Essential Components for Trauma-Informed Treatments
  • Establishing safety and a sense of competence/worth
  • Appropriate attachments & relational engagement
  • Self-regulation (body & emotions)
  • Self-reflection & Introspection
  • Integration of traumatic experiences (acknowledgment & processing of the trauma)
  • Future safety ~ transitioning beyond the Trauma

Body Based Treatment – Emotional and Behavioral Regulation
  • Verbal vs nonverbal responses – how to recognize trauma without verbal report
  • Bottom-up versus top-down processing – trauma starts in the body
  • Developmental needs of traumatized children
  • Embodied play & sensory integration – emotional and behavioral regulation
Play Therapy Principles
  • Therapist establishes a friendly relationship
  • Accepts the child as he is
  • Creates a permissive relationship; child has freedom of expression
  • Validates (acknowledge and reflect) child’s feelings
  • Responsibility for decisions and change is left mostly to the child
  • Child directs the therapeutic process; therapist follows
  • Therapeutic interaction is not rushed
  • Limits are set only when necessary for child’s outcomes

Advancing Trauma Treatment with Play Therapy
  • Non-verbal techniques
  • Sensory-based techniques
  • Culturally and developmentally appropriate techniques

Play Therapy Strategies and Techniques
  • Integration of traumatic experiences to acknowledge and process the trauma: Sandtrays, drawings, & play
  • Target shame, self-doubt, and selfcompassion: Sandtray Safeplace & All About Me
  • Build an understanding of the brainbody relationship: Flip your lid and Charades
  • Target indiscriminate attachments and interpersonal reactivity: Invisible String & Family Sandtray
  • Improve emotional and bodily regulation: Stressballs, Be Spaghetti, Feelings Map, Trashballs, Yoga, and Weather Massage



The Ethics of Touch
with Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW

What if that simple caring hug you gave a child in a therapy session somehow triggered a report to your licensing board?

Do you know what to do when a child hits you during a session?

What about when a child tries to touch you inappropriately?

In Module 2, Dr. Janet Courtney explores these ethical considerations of touch, including current research, cultural concerns, and the importance of touch to human development.

You'll see in-the-moment interventions and case examples that deal with issues related to attachment, autism, ADHD, Sensory processing disorder, and physical and sexual abuse.



Outline | Module 2


The Ethics of Touch in Context
  • Clinical concerns of touch in child psychotherapy and play therapy
  • No touch policies-more harm than good?
  • Types of touch: greeting, accidental, task-oriented, attentional, and more

Assessment for Psychosocial Experiences of Touch
  • 4 Child Drawing Assessments
  • Rating scale questionnaires
    • Parent’s perceptions of child’s touch experiences
    • Teacher Touch Observation Rating Scale for child

20+ Top Ethical Touch Best Practice Guidelines
  • Practitioner Touch Awareness Questionnaire
  • Informed Consent-for therapy approaches that use touch
  • Informed Consent-Mandated Reporter of all forms of abuse
  • Unethical Forms of Touch
  • And many more…
Interventions and Case Examples: Ethical dilemmas of Touch- Responses, Interventions and Boundary Setting
  • Risk/benefit decision making
  • Child hits/slaps therapist
  • Inappropriate touching of therapist
  • Child asks to be touched inappropriately
  • Child asks for appropriate touch
  • Specific populations
    • Infants-behavioral cue indications
    • Teenagers
    • Attachment Disorders
    • Autism/Sensory Processing Disorders
    • Sexually traumatized children
  • 10+ Recommendations for working with abused children
  • Engaging parents in problem touch occurrences
Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents
A Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional Training Course

Valued at $639.94
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!
A powerful note from Dr. Jennifer Lefebre…

Early in my career, a young girl who had been completely non-verbal following a traumatic event came into my office. I wasn't sure what to do, so we silently played with pipe cleaners.

The next day her mother called to tell me her daughter smiled after our session. It was her first smile in 6 months.

Once I saw how powerful play, connection and touch can be in treating trauma, I knew I needed to learn more. I became a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and received specialized training for working with kids and complex trauma.

After years of working with kids and trauma, what I've discovered is simple:

By incorporating play into our trauma treatment models, we give words to the voiceless and power to the powerless.

Join me in this comprehensive training and let me show you how you can radically change the way you practice and dramatically improve your treatment outcomes with simple, but powerful, evidence-based interventions.

See you in the course,
Jennifer Lefebre, PsyD, RPT-S


Complete the training and get the tools and strategies you need to...
Module 1

Adapt the program. Whether you have 20 minutes or an hour, work in a school setting, have your own therapy room, or practice in-home therapy, you'll learn tips and tricks to make play therapy work for you.

Integrate a holistic approach. With play therapy, you can get to the heart of the problem and improve behaviors such as aggression, defiance, emotional instability, and more, without the use of medication.

Improve compliance. Play therapy homework is fun. And when your clients and their families integrate the easy and engaging activities you'll learn in this course at home, you'll meet your clinical goals faster.

Incorporate families. Unlike other modalities, play therapy is easy to do with families. You'll learn simple ways to adapt the tools and strategies you use one-on-one with your client to also include families — so you can help build stronger, healthier relationships.

Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents
A Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional Training Course

Valued at $639.94
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!
BONUS! Your certification application fee (A $99.99 value) AND your CE Hours (up to 15.25)
are included in today's deeply discounted registration! Click here for Credit details.
Are you ready to step into the life awaiting you as a
Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional?


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Get Certified and Go Further... Become a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional and show your employer, clients, potential clients and fellow professionals your commitment to honing your skills and staying up to date on trauma treatment best-practices.

Benefits of Certification

  • Clinical expertise: Show clients and colleagues your practice is based on leading-edge research in this complex area of mental health.
  • Client trust: Certification shows your clients you care about providing the best care possible. It reveals your professional ability to take on challenging clients, and succeed!
  • Documentation of knowledge: Certification is both a professional and personal accomplishment. It’s an unbiased barometer of your training and dedication to your practice.
  • Improved insurance reimbursements: Receive more favorable consideration from insurance companies and managed care panels.
  • Professional recognition: Set yourself apart from the thousands of clinicians relying on outdated methods to treat their clients. Increase your opportunities for career advancement and client referrals.

*Professional standards apply. Click Here to Learn More About the Certification.

Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents
A Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional Training Course

Valued at $639.94
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!
BONUS! Your certification application fee (A $99.99 value) AND your CE Hours (up to 15.25)
are included in today's deeply discounted registration! Click here for Credit details.

Enroll today and you'll get these FOUR FREE Bonus items — A $289.96 value!
Your FIRST FREE Bonus item (A $59.99 value)
Adapting Play Therapy to Telehealth Sessions

Join Jennifer Lefebre for a powerful bonus session where she'll give you tips for using play therapy in a virtual setting. You'll learn how to recognize cues through the screen PLUS how to engage a bottom up approach in telehealth settings.


Your SECOND FREE Bonus item (A $99.99 value)
Your Certification Application Fee is FREE

Certification made simple! Register today and pay no additional fees to complete your Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional certification.

Your THIRD FREE Bonus item (A $29.99 value)
Digital Download | Play Therapy: Engaging & Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders
Get the "tricks of the trade" of play therapy through useful, creative interventions that will enhance your understanding of mental health issues, risk factors, and the impact of the parent-child relationship within each disorder you treat.

Authored by Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S, Play Therapy is filled with dozens of powerful play techniques adapted for use in individual, family, and group therapy, for schools, and at home.

Inside you'll find:
  • Printable worksheets
  • Hands-on activities
  • Parent-child interventions
  • Dynamic therapeutic games
  • Puppet play
  • Guided imagery
  • Expressive and creative arts
  • Tips for parents and teachers
  • ...and so much more
Free Play Therapy Ebook

Your FOURTH FREE Bonus item (A $99.99 value)
Trauma Therapist Toolkit
Enjoy a collection of valuable resources developed specifically for trauma treatment professionals, including a PDF ebook, worksheets, and free online CE Seminars! This free trauma therapist toolkit includes:
  • Traumatology Toolkit — A 138 Page eBook that is filled with assessment instruments, treatment protocols, and more!
  • Two Free CE Seminars on the neurobiology of trauma and overcoming trauma and shame.
  • Free assessments and intervention worksheets you can implement immediately in your practice.
Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents
A Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional Training Course

Valued at $639.94
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!

About the course faculty:
Jennifer Lefebre, Psy.D., RPT-S
Jennifer Lefebre, PsyD, RPT-S, is a clinical supervisor and EMDR consult facilitator at the Trauma Center. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in 2006.

She is a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor, and has received specialized training in Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART), Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY), Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Theraplay, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT-A). She is working toward becoming an EMDRIA-approved consultant and is an EMDR (Level II) clinician. Additionally, she is an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant.

Dr. Lefebre’s clinical and research interests center on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. She has experience working with young children (0-5), adult survivors of severe childhood abuse and neglect, and combat veterans with PTSD. She has worked in residential treatment, psychiatric inpatient and community mental health settings, and schools, and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She has provided trainings around the country integrating play therapy and evidence-based trauma practices.
Click here for information about Jennifer Lefebre.

Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S
Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW, is founder of FirstPlay Therapy® and an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Social Work, Miami Shores, FL. She is a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, TEDx speaker, chair of the Ethics and Practice committee through the Association for Play Therapy, and past president of the Florida Association for Play Therapy.

Dr. Courtney is author and co-editor of the groundbreaking 2017 book, Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide. Her research into touch is published in the International Journal of Play Therapy, and the American Journal of Art Therapy. She is also published in the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture and is a contributing author for the chapter, "Touching Autism through Developmental Play Therapy" in the book Play-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

She offers a certification in FirstPlay Therapy® (including FirstPlay® Infant Massage Storytelling). She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally including the Cayman Islands, England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia and the Ukraine. She specializes in infant play therapy/infant mental health, attachment, and trauma related issues.

Dr. Courtney’s new form of Kinesthetic Storytelling® can be found in her children’s book, The Magic Rainbow. Visit her website at
Click here for information about Janet Courtney.

Who is this training for?

This certification training has been specially created for professionals who work with children, including counselors, social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, play therapists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapist, and more, the education provided in this intensive online training is designed to breathe new life into your clinical treatment plans.

This interactive online certification training also offers you a community of peers and mentors all focused on helping children and families succeed.

Continuing Education Credits Available!
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Learning that Fits YOUR Schedule:
Watch your email for your order confirmation, and get instant access to the comprehensive training, plus the FREE Bonuses — all designed to help you effectively integrate proven treatment strategies into your practice. Click here for course objectives and outline.
Review the course materials at your own pace and at your convenience! You'll have unlimited access to all course videos and materials online forever. Plus, use the PESI Mobile app to access the course content on-the-go, wherever and whenever you want on your mobile devices.
Instantly collaborate with other professionals on the course materials through interactive message boards. You'll be part of a community of hundreds of practitioners all focused mastering trauma treatment for kids, providing valuable opportunities to share insight and experiences and to build your professional network.
Complete your online CE tests and earn up to 15.25 CE hours! Click here for Credit details and credit details specific to your profession.

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Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents
A Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional Training Course

Valued at $639.94
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!
BONUS! Your certification application fee (A $99.99 value) AND your CE Hours (up to 15.25)
are included in today's deeply discounted registration! Click here for Credit details.
NOTE: No additional discounts or coupons may be applied to this course.
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