The Process of Process: Making Play Therapy Supervision Systemic

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Play therapists interact with many family systems yet often focus on only the client in the room. Encouraging a more systemic perspective through systemic supervision has the potential to enhance the effectiveness of the work play therapists do. This workshop with review the concepts of “Process over content”, “Multi-directional Partiality”, and “Isomorphism” as they relate to the systemic supervision of play therapy.

This course qualifies for 3 hours of non-contact CE’s with the Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider 18-537).

Course Information




This training is for psychologists, social workers, counselors, school counselors, psychiatrists, family therapists, and other experienced professionals who work with children and families (CE credits can only be awarded to mental health professionals). The learning experience for this workshop is a convenient non-contact self-paced online training, with unlimited, lifetime access after registration and purchase starting June 7, 2021. Digital CE certificates are automatically generated with your name once all lessons have been completed, you have filled out the evaluation form, and you have passed the quiz with a score of 70% or more.

***NOTE: APT CE’s will NOT be awarded to registrants who are not mental-health professionals.***

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the presentation participants will be able to –

  • Identify the downfalls of attending to content in play therapy supervision and utilize more process-oriented methods.
  • Explain the process of “Isomorphism” in play therapy supervision and how to use it in their own supervisory experiences.
  • Discuss the importance of multi-directional partiality to systemic play therapy supervision.
Dr. Whitehead Dr. Whitehead Author

About the instructor

Michael Whitehead, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S received his MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University and his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University. Dr. Whitehead is passionate about “whole family therapy”, wherein as many family members as possible come to each therapy session. His experience in using whole family therapy and his training in classical family therapy are hallmarks of his work, writing, research, and training. Dr. Whitehead is a Clinical Fellow, an Approved Supervisor, and recipient of the Certificate of Leadership from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He has authored or co-authored various research articles and book chapters on topics ranging from treating children with Family Therapy, to research methods in family therapy. He was a founding board member of the Systemic Perspective Across the Lifespan Topic Interest Network with AAMFT, was a board member of the Idaho Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, is a board member for the Coalition of Associations for Systemic Therapy (COAST-MFT) and is a Distinguished Core Part-Time Professor at National University (formerly Northcentral University – NCU) where he teaches and supervises graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy department. For more information about Dr. Whitehead and his credentials, please request a CV from him at:

Cancellation Policy

Due to the nature of this training, and the ability to access the videos after registration, refunds cannot be given to registrants.

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