About this Event

Let’s Play Therapy Institute is an APT Approved Provider 20-609. This program has been approved for 2.5 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.

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.

This program is a 2.5-hour recorded training focusing on the integration of video games in play therapy.

Handouts are provided to follow along with the recorded training. 

It is expected that you will complete the entire training and not skip over any parts of this training. There is an evaluation and post-test at the end of the training. 

Please Note: Registrants have 30 days to complete a course.

If you have any questions while completing the training, you may contact us at hello@letsplaytherapy.org.


Course 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.


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.

Course curriculum

    1. Video and Handout

    1. Course Evaluation (Required)

    2. Post-test (Required)

About this course

  • $50.00
  • 6 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content