Introduction to Child-Parent Relationship Training


Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) is a model of filial play therapy based on child-centered play therapy. CPRT is an evidence-based intervention that is effective for treating children experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Parents are taught how to therapeutically play with children to enhance parent-child communication and relationship dynamics. Therapists who use this intervention didactically teach parents, and process emotional difficulties with parents in order to facilitate a healing relationship between the parent and child.


This workshop focuses on goals, principles, methods, and skills utilized in CPRT. It will start place on June 10, 2023 starting at 9am and ending at 5pm. The training will be located in Twin Falls, ID, specifics coming soon! 

Registration Details

Total registration fee is $230. Price breakdown is as follows: 

  • 6 hours of CE’s for the Association for Play Therapy ($180 value).
  • CPRT Treatment Manual ($50 value).

Early Bird Individual Registration (before March 31, 2023) – $180

APT member discount – 10% per person. Must email proof of APT membership in order to receive the coupon code.

Student discount – 15% per person. Must email proof of student status in order to receive the coupon code.

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About the Presenter

Michael Whitehead, PhD, LMFT, RPT-STM received his B.S. in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University in 2007, his M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University in 2009, and his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University in 2016. The combination of his training in child development and Marriage and Family Therapy help give Dr. Whitehead a unique view of the family, how problems develop, and are treated. He primarily works with the whole family to find solutions to problems that are manifesting in one or more of the family members. Dr. Whitehead is currently in full-time clinical practice at Aspen Grove Family Therapy in Twin Falls, Idaho. In addition to his therapy practice, Dr. Whitehead teaches part time at National University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. He has presented at the local and national level on topics ranging from parenting, behavior management, divorce, general family therapy, and play therapy. He also authored and co-authored book chapters on treating disruptive behavior disorders and play therapy. He is an Approved Supervisor and recipient of the Certificate in Leadership from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has served in several different state professional board positions. His passion is making sure children with disruptive behavior disorders are treated compassionately and effectively.


This training is for psychologists, social workers, counselors, school counselors, psychiatrists, family therapists, and other experienced professionals who work with children and families. In order to ensure quality education, each training will be capped at 50 participants, with a minimum of 10 participants. If the training fills up, your name/registration will be added to a waitlist in case there are any cancellations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will:

  • Be able to describe and explain the history of fillial play therapy.
  • Be able to explain the fundamental differences between fillial play therapy and CPRT.
  • Be able to identify and utilize key research findings in support of CPRT as an evidence-based intervention.
  • Be able create a structure and timeline of CPRT appropriate for individual client needs.
  • Be able to explain the basic skills of Tracking, Limit Setting, and Choice Giving to parents and caregivers.
  • Demonstrate through role-play the skills of Tracking, Limit Setting, and Choice Giving.
  • Be able to analyze and discuss the ethical use of CPRT within the context of ones profession.
  • Be able describe and present CPRT as an intervention to parents.

Course Requirements

As part of this course each participant will need to have a copy of the CPRT Treatment Manual (click here). You must register by May 15, 2023 to ensure enough copies are ordered and available for the training.

Important Note

The Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas, has started teaching a course to enable participants to call themselves a “Certified CPRT Practitioner”. This training will NOT fulfill any education requirements for that certification. For more information on this certification, see the UNT website (click here). While participants of this workshop will not be able to call themselves “Certified”, you will get APT CE credit, and will be able to use CPRT with clients in a variety of settings.


A minimum of 10 participants is required in order for this training to be confirmed. If fewer than 10 participants register, this training could be rescheduled to a later date. Registered attendees will be notified of the need to cancel/reschedule up to two weeks prior to the date of the training and offered a choice of refund or credit toward a future training.


Play Therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Cancellation Policy

$75 of the registration fee is nonrefundable. Registrations are on a first come- first-served basis. Fees include 6 hours of training, books, training handouts, and supervision. Written cancellations received 4+ weeks prior to the training will receive the balance of the fees refunded. Cancellations received within 4 weeks of the training will forfeit a total of $175, with the remainder being refunded. Unfortunately, refunds cannot be given within the final week leading up to the training. In the unlikely event that the training is cancelled by the presenter, a full refund will be provided, or credit will be applied toward future or recorded training’s; whichever the registrant chooses.

APT Approved Provider 18-537