About this Program

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

Presented By: 

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

December 10, 2021

Live Online Workshop

Continuing Education Information:

6 APT NON-CONTACT CE hours provided by Let’s Play Therapy Institute. Let's Play Therapy Institute is an APT Approved Provider 20-609.
The Professional Development Program at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice is a State of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. License numbers: 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.

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 effects of attunement, co-regulation, and trust. 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 cultivating the skills needed to engage children and adolescents in a virtual setting.

**This workshop will demonstrate 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.


  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.

Participants will be required to complete an evaluation immediately upon conclusion of the workshop to receive credit for this course. 

The CE certificate is awarded to those who attend the entire workshop. 

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. 

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.

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

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:

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu or call 773.702.1166.

Cancellation Policy:

Please visit The Professional Development Program (PDP) at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice website for information about their cancellation policy. You may also contact them at pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu or call 773.702.1166.

Speaker Disclosures:


Sophia Ansari is co-owner of Let’s Play Therapy Institute, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from University of Chicago. 

Cheryl Catron is cofounder and president of the nonprofit, Foothold International. She receives a speaking honorarium from University of Chicago.


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

Cheryl Catron is member of the Association for Play Therapy.

Schedule (Times in Central Time Zone):

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 9:00-9:45 AM      Setting Up a Space: Virtual Playrooms Considerations and Preparations

9:45-10:30 AM     Creative Low-tech Interventions for Telehealth

10:30-10:40 AM    BREAK 

10:40-11:10 AM    How to Creatively Include Caregivers

11:10-11:40 AM    Getting to Know Zoom 

11:40-12:00 PM    Digital Play Therapy: Interactive Games, Virtual Playrooms, and More!

12:00-12:45 PM    LUNCH

12:45-1:30 PM     Digital Play Therapy: Interactive Games, Virtual Playrooms, and More!

1:30-2:15 PM       The Power of the Green Screen!

2:15-2:25 PM        BREAK

2:25-3:45 PM       Let’s Practice! Create Your Own Virtual Playrooms! 

3:45-4:00 PM       Wrap Up/Questions

Registration Information

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