Organizing Chaos: The Ethics of Counseling Children and Families with Play Therapy!


Treating children and families is complex and challenging, but for the most part fun. When clinicians want to work with children and families, getting started can be chaotic. Especially when faced with seemingly contradictory legal and ethical guidelines. Each professional counseling profession has their own Code of Ethics, training standards, and treatment philosophies, which often leads to confusion regarding what is appropriate when counseling children and families. This online LIVE webinar will focus on comparing the similarities and differences between counseling profession codes of ethics, as well as reviewing the Association for Play Therapy’s statement on Play Therapy Best Practices. Participants will be required to take two assessments prior to the webinar in order to participate in the breakout sessions where they will discuss their own implicit biases and their own moral foundations. Discussions will focus on enhancing multicultural competency using examining the results of their implicit biases and moral foundations.


This workshop will take place via Live Webinar with Zoom on May 20, 2023 starting at 11am and ending at 2pm.

Registration Details

Total registration fee is $75. Price breakdown is as follows: 

  • 3 hours of non-contact CE’s for the Association for Play Therapy.

Early Bird Registration (before March 31, 2023) – $60

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 mental health 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:

  • Identify their own implicit biases and how they impact their use of play therapy.
  • Explain their legal and ethical restrictions to treating families and children with play therapy.
  • Compare their own professional code of ethics with play therapy best practices.

Course Requirements

As part of this course each participant will need to complete two assessments to be used during the breakout sessions. Both assessments are free to take, and can be found here:

  • The Implicit Association Test (click here). Please select a test from the “social attitudes” list.
  • The Moral Foundations Questionaire (click here). Please select the “Moral Foundations Questionnaire-2”.

Bring your test results to the workshop so you can discuss them with your breakout group.

If you have previously taken either of these assessments, please complete a different assessment on each website.

Important Note

To receive all CE hours, participants will need to complete and pass an after workshop quiz with 80% or more. This workshop qualifies as 3 Non-Contact hours for APT. It does meet the criteria for LIVE WEBINAR hours for those working toward their initial credential as a Registered Play TherapistTM.


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

$25 of the registration fee is nonrefundable. Registrations are on a first come- first-served basis. Fees include 3 hours of training. 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 $45, 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