The term “Experiential Play Therapy (EPT)”™ is a copyright of Drs. Carol and Byron Norton, the founders of the Experiential model of play therapy. This model is a specific approach to the play therapy treatment of children. Professionals who have developed skills in this particular model of play therapy have established an identity that distinguishes their special training. Because of their dedicated pursuit of training and commitment to these concepts, these professionals should be validated with recognition of their standard of competency with an acknowledged level of proficiency and expertise. Therefore, the professional play therapist who attains and continues to maintain the standards set forth by the endorsing committee has the right to use the term “Experiential Play Therapy”™ and to be identified with this model.
The Designation of Associate
The associate professional is an entrance level trainee in Experiential Play Therapy®. This person has completed the basic foundations course in Experiential Play Therapy by a certified EPT Supervisor (EPT/S) or Diplomate (EPT/D). This person may have a master’s degree or be in a graduate training program but without licensure and pursuing the minimum of thirty hours of direct supervisor in “Experiential Play Therapy” ® from an EPT/Supervisor. Click for more information and the benefits for the Designation of Associate.
Therapist Level (EPT/C)
The therapist level represents a professional who can provide “Experiential Play Therapy” ™. This person has completed a minimum of thirty hours (15 individual and 15 group) of video reviewed supervision by an EPT Supervisor or Diplomate within the thirty-five hours of supervision required for the RPT (The Association for Play Therapy designation) status. These thirty hours may be received during individual supervision, case consultation groups, an intensive training experience presented by an EPT Supervisor or Diplomate, or any combination of the above. At this level, the professional has completed the requirements for the RPT (APT designation) and is recognized by the endorsement of EPT/C and maintains this status with a focus in EPT. In order to maintain their EPT/C designation, the person is required to maintain six hours of appropriate continuing education every three years. These six hours of continuing education must be provided by an EPT Supervisor or Diplomate. Click for more information and the benefits for the Designation of Therapist.
Supervisor Level (EPT/S)
The supervisory level person has completed all requirements as a supervisor. This includes ten hours of supervised supervision of EPT by an EPT Supervisor or Diplomate. This person is also an RPT/S with APT or a CPT-S with PTI (Play Therapy International). In order to maintain their EPT/S designation this person is required to maintain six hours of EPT continuing education every three years. These six hours of continuing education have to be provided by an EPT Supervisor or Diplomate. Click for more information and the benefits for the Designation of Supervisor.
Diplomate Level (EPT/D)
The purpose of the Diplomate level is to expand knowledge of EPT. The diplomate has completed all the Supervisor level requirements and has co-facilitated an intensive training session in EPT with a Diplomate. The person has presented a juried presentation on an aspect of EPT as a function of the play therapy process, or published an article on some aspect of EPT. This person is endorsed to provide continuing education from the EPT perspective. In order to maintain the EPT/D designation, this professional is required to present or co-present one juried or one pre-approved presentation, or one published work every three years. (An EPT/S or EPT/D teaching a graduate level course in play therapy may count as one presentation as long as EPT is given equal presentation time as other major theories)
In order to maintain their EPT/D designation, this person is required to maintain their EPT/S status and to earn six hours of appropriate continuing education every three years. The continuing education has to be provided by an EPT Supervisor or Diplomate and Experiential Play Therapy is the basic premise of the content. Click for more information and the benefits for the Designation of Diplomate.
Center for Experiential Play Therapy
Dr. Byron Norton & Dr. Carol Norton
1750 25th Avenue, Suite 200
Greeley, CO 80634-4945
Phone: (970) 351-6697
Voice Mail: (970) 351-6688
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