Termination in Play Therapy

Online Training

Upon registration, you will have one month of 24/7 on-demand access to the training. 

Cost: $25

(1 hour play therapy non-contact APT CE and 1 State of Florida CEU included). 

Student discounts are available: Please email us with your name, school, and a request for a 30% student discount code. 

Note: Play Therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.


Center for Child Counseling

CLICK HERE for more information on training options for childcare centers, schools, or organizations. Group discounts are available!

Join My Mailing List

Termination is a crucial aspect of any therapy process and can be difficult for both client and therapist. However, when done successfully, the end of therapy can be a positive experience with a long-lasting impact on both the client and therapist. Termination of therapy is an opportunity for closure and for the client and therapist to review the personal growth that has unfolded over the course of treatment.

Termination of services with children in a Play Therapy setting can also be more challenging as children may experience termination differently compared to adult or teenage clients due to multiple factors including but not limited to their developmental stage, past and current experiences, environmental factors, and relationships they have with other adults in their lives. The termination process can be particularly difficult and triggering for child clients who have experienced prior loss, trauma, or other adverse life experiences. Termination may bring up feelings related to these past adverse or traumatic experiences, especially prior experiences with loss and grief.

Therapeutic work with children should always involve working with caregivers of the children. Therefore, terminating the therapy process includes terminating the relationship with the client and the client’s caregivers. Play Therapists, even if only working with younger individuals, should have the knowledge and skills to successfully end the therapy process with both children and adults.


  •    * Describe the importance of proper termination in Play Therapy.
  •    * Identify procedures of ending the Play Therapy experience.
  •    * Explain the process of terminating therapeutic relationship between clients and therapists in the playroom.
  •    * List at least 3 termination activities to use in Play Therapy.