About this Program

Tele-PLAY Therapy: Creative Virtual Interventions for Children and Adolescents

Presented By: 

Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT & Cheryl Catron, M.Ed., LPCC-S, RPT-S

March 11, 2022

10:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central Time)

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Live Online Workshop

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 non-contact CEs at: https://letsplaytherapy.org/collections

Please Note: By registering for this training, you are consenting to be recorded. Your name, image or voice may be included in the recording which may be offered as a course for non-contact CEs. 

**This workshop will demonstrate technological features specifically found in Zoom. **

This will be an experiential workshop. All participants will need the most recently updated version of Zoom to fully participate. It is recommended all participants attend on their computers to ensure full access to Zoom features that will be demonstrated. 

Please install/run Zoom before the training to ensure you have the most updated version.

Continuing Education Information:

This program qualifies for 6 NBCC CE Hours.  Let’s Play Therapy Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7179. 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.

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT (Association for Play Therapy) for 6 CONTACT CE Hours. Let’s Play Therapy Institute is an APT Approved Provider 20-609.

All participants must have their camera on, and name clearly displayed the entire workshop. For special accomodations please contact Sophia Ansari at sophia@letsplaytherapy.org.

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

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

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:

The foundation of play therapy is to meet children where they are and to speak their language. Technology is the modern facilitator of that language. Play therapy can be modified virtually to cultivate the therapeutic powers of play. Meeting a child in the digital world is comfortable and familiar to them and supports rapport building, exploration, and creativity. Telehealth provides a way of continuing sessions with children and their caregivers when meeting in person is not possible, and therefore maintains a sense of normalcy and routine. This workshop will assist mental health professionals in gaining the skills needed to engage children and adolescents in a virtual setting.

**This workshop will demonstrate technological features specifically found in Zoom. **

This will be an experiential workshop. All participants will need the most recently updated version of Zoom to fully participate. It is recommended all participants attend on their computers to ensure full access to Zoom features that will be demonstrated.

Please install/run Zoom before the training to ensure you have the most updated version.


  1. Apply the therapeutic powers of play to virtual play therapy interventions.
  2. Identify 5-8 directive and non-directive play therapy interventions to use in telehealth therapy sessions with children and adolescents.
  3. Discuss how to creatively include caregivers in the telehealth process.
  4. Demonstrate how to utilize virtual playrooms, sand tray play therapy, and video games in telehealth. 
  5. Design a virtual playroom with interventions designed for connection, rapport building, and meeting treatment goals. 
  6. Utilize 2-3 technological features found in Zoom to engage clients in the telehealth process.

Target Audience:

Graduate level mental health students & licensed mental health practitioners. This seminar is a beginning 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. 

About the Presenters:

Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. She is an author, educator, and co-founder of the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. Sophia co-hosts Hero Nation, a podcast on the Geek Therapy Network, which celebrates diversity in the media and explores how to use geek culture in therapy. Sophia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wright State University and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. 

For more information on Let’s Play Therapy Institute visit, letsplaytherapy.org

Cherie Catron is a licensed clinical counselor-supervisor, a registered play therapist supervisor and the cofounder and president of Foothold International, a nonprofit organization that serves communities in Kenya, East Africa addressing generational poverty and health issues utilizing holistic and sustainable strategies.

Cherie worked as a long-time educator and mental health clinician for over 19 years. She began her career as a general education teacher and then as a clinician in the schools. She has extensive experience in the classroom and in clinical settings with a wide variety of academic and mental health needs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education and her Master of Education degree in School Counseling & Professional Counseling from Ohio University.

For more information about her current work in Kenya, visit www.footholdinternational.org

Speaker Disclosures:


Sophia Ansari is co-owner of Let’s Play Therapy Institute, LLC. 

Cheryl Catron is cofounder and president of the nonprofit, Foothold International. She receives a speaking honorarium from Let's Play Therapy Institute, LLC.


Sophia Ansari is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

Cheryl Catron is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

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, hello@letsplaytherapy.org. 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. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Sophia Ansari at sophia@letsplaytherapy.org

Training Refund Policy:

For all pre-recorded, distance learning or asynchronous trainings:

Courses have a 30-day, no questions asked full refund policy. However, no refunds will be given for any course in which a certificate has already been issued. There are no course refunds issued due to a participant’s failure to complete the course(Please Note: Registrants have 30 days to complete a course.)

For live trainings:

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.

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.

For all training events:

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

Schedule (Times in Central Time Zone):

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10:00-11:30 AM

Creative Virtual Interventions for Telehealth

11:30-11:40 AM


11:40-12:00 PM        

The Power of the Green Screen!

12:00-1:00 PM          

Creative Virtual Interventions for Telehealth

1:00-1:40 PM           


1:40-2:30 PM         

Setting Up a Space: Virtual Playrooms Considerations and Preparations

2:30-3:10 PM           

Virtual Rooms, Games, and Other Digital Tools!

3:10-3:20 PM           


3:20-4:00 PM          

Virtual Rooms, Games, and Other Digital Tools!

4:00-4:25 PM          

Let’s Practice! Create Your Own Virtual Playrooms!

4:25-4:45 PM          

More Digital Tools!

4:45-5:00 PM