About this Event

Applying the Hero’s Journey, Archetype Systems, and Play Therapy in Video Games

Presented By: 

Boontarika Sripom, MA  

Friday, February 17, 2023

1:00-5:30 PM (Central Time)

Live Online Workshop

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Please register for this event only if you can attend live. A recording is not included in the ticket purchase. For those who cannot attend at this date and time, there will be a recording available for purchase for APT non-contact CEs (NBCC CEs will not be offered for the recording) at: https://letsplaytherapy.org/collections

Continuing Education Information:

Let’s Play Therapy Institute is an APT Approved Provider 20-609. This workshop meets APT’s definition of “Live Webinar.” This program has been approved for 4.0 APT Non-Contact CE hours. Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed.

To comply with APT "Live Webinar" requirements, all participants must have their camera on, and name clearly displayed the entire workshop. We respect your sensory needs and will accommodate to make this a meaningful and valuable learning experience for you. For questions or accommodations, please contact Sophia Ansari at [email protected].

Please note that the Association for Play Therapy (APT) alone holds the right to accept or deny any continuing education training at its discretion. 

Let’s Play Therapy Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7179. This program offers 4.0 NBCC CE hours. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Let’s Play Therapy Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Continuing Education Certificate:

Participants will be required to complete an evaluation and post-test immediately upon conclusion of the workshop to receive a certificate. The CE certificate is awarded to those who attend the entire webinar.

It is the responsibility of each professional to check with their state or national licensing board to obtain continuing education credit for this seminar. Most state and national licensing boards will approve continuing education courses which cover clinical topics, practice management skills, legal and ethical responsibilities and stress management. It is your responsibility as the license/certificate holder to be aware of and abide by the continuing education rules and guidelines set forth by your licensing board.

Program Description:

We are a culture guided by myths and archetypes. Tales of heroism and triumph fill the landscape immersing us with hopes of possibility. We wish to be heroic, and we see heroism in ourselves. 

Every now and then a story and its characters offer companionship when we feel lost or misunderstood. Sometimes, there’s that ONE character that speaks to your soul and you feel SEEN. Sometimes, a narrative filled with hardship, loss, encouragement, overcoming, and transformation resonates and can describe your essence more easily than a list of words. 

The Language of Archetypes can be an effective supplemental tool in play therapy and personal development. As helpers, we can use an archetypal lens to further explore the potential values, universal fears, and strengths manifested in a client’s video game play. 

As helpers and individuals with unique archetypal profiles, we have our own heroic journeys to pursue. Inner knowing of our heroic processes allows us to continue personal and professional growth while honoring the stages at which our clients are experiencing. 

This workshop is designed to help you start identifying your archetypal profile, potential archetypes in clients, and how to use different archetype systems to support play therapy with video games. Parts of the Hero’s Journey will be highlighted and discussed. Participants will explore aspects of their Personas, Personalities, and Shadow in relation to personal and professional work. 

Facets of the Neurodiversity Affirming Paradigm will be weaved into the conversation to honor nuanced experiences of the differently wired (ex: Outcasts, Idealists). As gamers and neurodivergent people are marginalized and misunderstood, there is a layer of affirmation and reality of being different that must be recognized in our work as helpers with ethical foundations to adhere to. This workshop welcomes all archetypes to come and embrace their wholeness.


  1. Describe components of the Hero’s Journey. 
  2. Identify parts of one’s own archetypal profile. 
  3. Differentiate and apply archetypal systems to use with gamers in play therapy. 
  4. Apply a Neurodiversity Affirming Framework in clinical work with video games.


Important Program Details:

Consent to be Recorded:

Live events may be recorded for future non-contact training opportunities. Attendees will be given prior notice of any recording; however, participation in the event implies consent to the recording and consent for any educational or commercial use without compensation.

Target Audience:

Graduate level mental health students & licensed mental health practitioners. This seminar is an INTERMEDIATE level course. This workshop is appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Boontarika Sripom is the owner of Organized Messes. She receives a speaking honorarium from Let's Play Therapy Institute, LLC.

Non-financial: Boontarika Sripom has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Grievance Policy:

Let’s Play Therapy Institute seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Sophia Ansari, [email protected]. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. 

Special Accommodations:

Live Closed Captioning will be enabled for this presentation. We respect your sensory needs and will accommodate to make this a meaningful and valuable learning experience for you.  For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Sophia Ansari at [email protected]

Training Refund Policy:

Cancellations received at least 7 days before a scheduled live training will be refunded 100%. Cancellations less than 7 days before a scheduled live training will receive no refund or credit. If an event is cancelled by Let’s Play Therapy Institute, the registrant will receive a full refund.

No partial CE credit is available. Attendees must be present for live events for the entire duration and complete an  evaluation and post-test to obtain credit.

Schedule (Times in Central Time Zone):

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1:00 - 2:00PM                   

Parts of the Hero’s Journey

2:00 - 2:10PM                   


2:10 - 3:10PM                   

Personal Archetypes, Archetype Systems

3:10 - 3:20PM                   


3:20 - 4:20PM                   

Archetype Systems/Neurodiversity Affirming Paradigm

4:20 - 4:30PM                   


4:30 - 5:30PM                   

Application & Framework: Using Video Games with different Archetypes


Boontarika Sripom

Boontarika Sripom, MA is a therapy-informed life coach. Her work focuses on coaching using archetypes and understanding the cognition, values, and strengths of the differently wired, specifically sensitive people, creatives, and gamers. As there is heroism in the every day acts we pursue, the virtual can be a powerful extension of our inner experiences. She believes archetype systems are all around us, especially in nature and the things that bring us joy. She also believes knowledge, guidance, and compassion leads to insights, individual acceptance, and empowerment to change. Boonie is a former preschool teacher, paraprofessional in special education, Outreach Counselor Intern, and College Counselor for creative students. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her favorite types of games offer world-building, avatar modification, and resource gathering, like Age of Empires, World of Warcraft, and Minecraft. She is currently playing Roblox, Genshin Impact, and Bloons TD6. #Ganyu #RazorSoCute #PlsCarryMe For more information on Boonie’s work visit, http://www.organizedmesses.com/