About this Event

Understanding Thematic Play in the Digital World

Presented By: 

Dr. Rachel Altvater, Psy.D., RPT-S

Friday, November 11, 2022 

 12:00 PM- 3:15 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

To comply with "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 sophia@letsplaytherapy.org.

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 3.0 APT Non-Contact CE hours (Play Therapy Sills and Methods (Techniques)- Based on seminal or historically significant theories).  

Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. 



Let’s Play Therapy Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7179. This program offers 3.0 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.

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:

Play therapists assess and treat mental, emotional, and relational challenges through the healing and powerful world of play. Play therapists comprehend session content through recognition of metaphors and themes. When we clarify what is occurring in this world of play, we are better able to conceptualize content and implement therapeutic treatment. 

The digital realm generally introduces unfamiliarity and uncertainty for play therapy practice because it is a relatively novice treatment space. A lack of familiarity with digital platforms has the potential to negatively impact the efficacy of current and future play therapy treatment. This training will explore traditional play themes and offer guidance on symbolic and metaphorical play. 

Participants will then learn how to apply these core play therapy tenets to the digital platform. Participants will also learn about types of digital tools, favored digital platforms, avatar creation, player types, and game genres. This training will assist participants in meeting clients in their digital worlds to strengthen play therapy practice in the modern, digital age.


1. Identify play themes, symbols, and metaphors to enhance play therapy assessment and treatment. 

2. Apply traditional methods of play therapy conceptualization to the digital platform. 

3. Amplify digital therapeutic tool choice and implementation through refined understanding and application of digital play.

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 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. 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Rachel Altvater is the owner of Creative Psychological Health Services. She is the co-owner of North Star Creations. She receives a speaking honorarium and royalties from Let's Play Therapy Institute, LLC.

Non-financial:  Dr. Rachel Altvater 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. 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 sophia@letsplaytherapy.org

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.


(75 min) Discussion of traditional play themes, play metaphors, and symbolism for play therapy conceptualization. Application of these core play therapy tenets to digital play.

(90 min) Explore various types of digital tools, favored digital platforms, avatar creation, player types, and game genres. How to document play themes in clinical documentation.

(15 min) Digital play case discussion 


Dr. Rachel Altvater

Dr. Rachel Altvater (Psy.D., RPT-S™) is an award-winning, pioneering expert, leader, researcher, international trainer, author, and supervisor in the field of play therapy. She is a Licensed Psychologist in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, and she holds national certifications as a Registered Play Therapist–Supervisor™ and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is the owner of Creative Psychological Health Services, co-owner of North Star Creations, president of the Maryland/DC Association for Play Therapy, editorial advisory board member for the International Journal of Play Therapy®, advisory board member for Digital Play Therapy™, instructor at Hopscotch, and clinical consultant and content creator for Cognitive Leap. Dr. Altvater published her research in the International Journal of Play Therapy on technology use in play therapy and is a contributing author in numerous scholarly texts on implementing digital technologies in play therapy practice.