AutPlay Therapy Certification Training


Presented by: Robert Jason Grant Ed.D, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

August 27th, 2021 | August 28th, 2021

Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm

Registration Begins at 8:00am

Location: Waters Edge Counseling's Training Room

14 Contact CEU's  and 2 non contact CEU's will be awarded



This is an intensive certification training that focuses on teaching the AutPlay Therapy protocol, an integrative family play therapy approach to working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders, and other developmental disabilities. AutPlay Therapy emphasizes a neurodiverse approach and harnesses the therapeutic powers of play to help address issues common for autistic children and their families.

This training presents an overview of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. How to build relationship and asses (utilizing several AutPlay inventories) for target goal areas is covered along with parent and child co-change agent processes. Goal areas of connection, emotional regulation, and social navigation are described with example play therapy interventions for each area. The three progressive phases are presented (intake and assessment, structured play interventions, and termination.)

Parent/family/child involvement is explained with protocol for working with parents and children as partners in the process. The AutPlay Therapy Follow Me Approach is explained which details how to work with children with little to no engagement and attunement ability creating special play times to improve connection and relationship development. Additional components such as theoretical underpinnings, understanding dysregulation, improving regulation ability, research, and case examples are covered. Several play therapy interventions are explained and demonstrated through session video clips. Experiential experiences are presented, and case conceptualization and planning are discussed.

Once you have registered for the training, you will be emailed a pre-training form with a few instructions before your two-day in-person training. This includes instructions for purchasing and reading the book AutPlay Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum by Robert Jason Grant prior to your training. The book reading is worth 2 non-contact CE Hours. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders​

  2. Describe the components of AutPlay Therapy including: conducting AutPlay Therapy session, theoretical underpinnings, phases of treatment, assessment and screening instruments, and goal planning

  3. Describe the three common primary and three secondary target areas of AutPlay Therapy.

  4. Identify several structured play therapy interventions to use for addressing target areas. 

  5. Discuss how to involve parents and other family members as co-change agents (partners).

  6. Describe the AutPlay model of dysregulation.

  7. Identify play therapy interventions to address dysregulation issues.

  8. Implement the AutPlay Follow Me Approach, designed for children with limited engagement and attunement ability

  9. Describe how to work with parents in implementing AutPlay Follow Me play times at home.

  10. Explain research and evidence based practices in AutPlay Therapy. 

  11. Outline the theoretical underpinnings of AutPlay, including seminal play therapy theories and other integrated methods.

  12. Identify at least 6 AutPlay Interventions to increase experiential knowledge.

About the Presenter


Dr Robert Jason Grant, Ed. D, LPC, RPT-S, ACAS

Dr. Grant specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, including working with autistic children, neurodivergent children, and those diagnosed with ADHD and other developmental disorders. He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy approach. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy and trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma related therapy for children and adults. 

Dr. Grant is an international speaker and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. He is a multi-published author of several articles, book chapters, and books including the following titles:


Dr. Grant is a founding board member for the non-profit organization Stars for Autism. He is currently serving on the board of directors (president elect) for the Association for Play Therapy. He is also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). Dr. Grant is also a Certified Behavioral Life Coach through the PeopleKeys® program and provides life coaching, consultations, and play therapy supervision services. He is also a Board Certified Telepractice Specialist providing therapy and coaching through tele processes. 


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