AutPlay® Therapy – 2 Day Intensive training


- 14/07/2024

9:00 am

- 4:30 pm

This is a 2 day intensive training course for those who have not complete AutPlay® training prior to 2022. For those who have, please view the refresher course:

Please take note of  ‘required reading’ for this course.

Dr. Robert Jason Grant

AutPlay® Therapy – 2 Day Refresher Training

Suitable for:



Availability: 18 Seats Available

About the course

AutPlay® Therapy is a neurodiversity paradigm informed framework for implementing play therapy with neurodivergent children and their families. AutPlay® was created by Dr. Robert Jason Grant to better understand neurodivergence in addressing the unique needs of Neurodivergent children and adolescents (sensory differences, Autistic, ADHD, learning disorders, intellectual developmental disorder, etc.) who enter a therapeutic process with a licensed mental health professional.

AutPlay® presents a diversity framework integrated with and for theoretical counselling underpinnings in humanistic, family systems, developmental, and cognitive behavioural theories. Various seminal play therapy theories (Child Centred Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Theraplay, Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy, and Family Play Therapy) are also conceptualised within neurodiversity affirming practices.

This is an intensive 12 hr training that focuses on teaching the AutPlay Therapy framework – a diversity understanding for implementing play therapy with neurodivergent children (autistic, ADHD, sensory differences, learning differences, developmental disabilities, etc.) and their families. The AutPlay Therapy framework highlights neurodiversity affirming and informed constructs within the therapeutic powers of play and seminal play therapy theories and approaches. Emphasis is placed on understanding and addressing mental health needs for neurodivergent children and adolescents. This training provides awareness for the play therapist in working with neurodivergent children and adolescents and how to be in healthy, safe, and affirming therapeutic relationship. Participants learn how to conceptualize the neurodivergent child’s spectrum of presentation and how to assess for needs (therapy goals). AutPlay inventories and worksheets will be highlighted along with how to affirmingly include parents and children as partners in the play therapy process. Concepts will be covered and explored through experiential play interventions designed to address therapy goals. 

The three general therapy phases in play therapy implementation will be covered which include intake and assessment, structured play interventions (theory and approach selection), and termination. Affirming understanding of neurodivergent play and regulation and dysregulation concepts will be covered. The AutPlay Therapy Follow Me Approach (FMA) is explained which details how to work with children with little to no engagement and attunement ability creating integrative play therapy to improve connection and relationship development. Several play therapy interventions are explained and demonstrated through session video clips. Experiential activities 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. The instructions include processes for completing the full AutPlay certification program. This includes instructions for purchasing and reading the book The AutPlay Therapy Handbook: Integrative Family Play Therapy with Neurodivergent Children by Robert Jason Grant and watching the recorded webinar – Introduction to AutPlay Therapy.

A Gift For You….

The School of Play and Creative Therapies is gifting students who attend the 2 day in person Autplay training with a free Sound Bath. We are delighted to provide this relaxing meditative experience for you, promoting self care and well-being. The sound bath will be offered on 13/07/2024 at 4.30-5.30pm.


Dr. Robert Jason Grant

Robert is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.

He specialises in working with children, adolescents, families, and adults primarily serving neurodivergent individuals (autism, ADHD, sensory differences, learning disorders, and developmental disabilities).

Robert is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy framework designed to help address the mental health needs of neurodivergent children and adolescents.

This course will take place at Box End Park, Box End, Bedford, MK43 8RQ.

Box End Park offers camping facilities. If you wish to book,visit (subject to availability) 

If you have any queries, please get in touch.

  1. Explain neurodiversity and the neurodiversity paradigm as it relates to play therapy work.
  2. Conceptualize the foundational principles of being neurodiversity informed and affirming related to play therapy.
  3. Conceptualize integrative play therapy processes for individualizing therapy approach.
  4. Describe common mental health goals for neurodivergent children addressed through play therapy.
  5. Identify several structured play therapy interventions to use for addressing therapy goals.
  6. Implement the three overarching phases of play therapy (AutPlay Therapy framework) – intake and assessment, structured intervention (play therapy theory/approach selection), and termination.
  7. Discuss how to affirmingly involve parents and children as partners in the play therapy process.
  8. Describe the AutPlay model of regulation/dysregulation.
  9. Identify play therapy interventions to address dysregulation needs (creating a regulation play time).
  10. Implement the AutPlay Follow Me Approach, designed for children with higher support needs.
  11. Explain common neurodivergent play presentations as manifested in play therapy work.
  12. Understand the diversity complexities and concepts present when implementing play therapy with neurodivergent children.

Before the training:

  • The AutPlay therapy handbook: Integrative family play therapy with neurodivergent children, Routledge Publishing. Available to purchase online.(additional 8 CPD Points).
  • Watch the recorded webinar Introduction to AutPlay therapy here (additional 4 CPD Points)
  • Be sure to check purchase confirmation email for details about further preparation before attending this course.

After the training:

  • Complete three hours of consultation with an AutPlay supervisor/consultant.

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