Date: Wed, December 2, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM CST
Location: Live Online Workshop
Sponsored by: University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
3 APT NON-CONTACT CE hours provided by Let’s Play Therapy Institute
APT Approved Provider 20-609
The University of Chicago Professional Development Program at SSA is a licensed State of Illinois provider of Continuing Education for social workers (LSW/LCSW), clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors (LPC/LCPC). License #s 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.
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LEGO® Based Play Therapy and Counseling: Building Resilience and Unlocking Creativity
LEGO® play is universal, and LEGO® models and structures have become well-recognized not only as toy models but also as art forms. LEGO® unlocks the inner architect who craves creativity, flexibility, and transformation. LEGO® can be used as a therapeutic tool in play therapy and counseling to help strengthen relationships, provide sensory stimulation, improve social skills, and build resilience.
This workshop will explore the therapeutic power of LEGO® in play therapy and counseling for working with children, adolescents, and adults. Participants will gain an understanding of how to incorporate LEGO® into directive and non-directive play therapy interventions to engage clients, improve communication, problem-solving skills, conflict resolution skills, and increase self-esteem and well-being.
This experiential webinar will provide participants an opportunity to build. It is recommended that participants have available to them the following items: a LEGO® baseplate, 40-50 LEGO® bricks,* and most importantly, your imagination!
- Describe the history and empirical rationale of LEGO® based play therapy and counseling.
- Identify 5-6 play therapy interventions to use with individuals, groups, and families.
- Utilize LEGO® in non-directive and directive play therapy.
Course Content Disclosure: LEGO® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group. The University of Chicago and speakers, Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT and Josué Cardona, MS, received no compensation from The LEGO Group for this seminar.
*Other building block systems may be used.
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 webinar.
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, Registered Play Therapist, author, educator, and co-founder of the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She provides workshops on play therapy to mental health professionals and educates parents and teachers on the importance of play as it relates to development and learning in the school setting.
She is a passionate research trainer who has bridged her knowledge of neuroscience and creative therapies to provide in-depth and highly experiential trainings.
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.
Josué Cardona, MS, earned a master’s in mental health counseling and trained in Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. He has worked with clients ages 4 to 84 through in-home, community, and outpatient counseling.
As an educator, Josué has designed curriculum for social-emotional skills, technology, and language learning for K-12. At the university level, he co-created the course Geek Culture in Psychotherapy, taught at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and co-authored Gamification: A Pilot Study in a Community College. Josué also acts as a diversity and inclusion Design Researcher for the Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago.
Josué is the founder of Geek Therapy, a therapeutic approach that believes the best way to understand people is through the things they care about. He created the Geek Therapy Network and community to educate parents, teachers, and helping professionals on how to use their favorite hobbies, pastimes, and interests to connect with others. Since 2011, Josué has presented on Geek Therapy through podcasts, blogs, book chapters, and presentations around the world.
Schedule (Times in Central Time Zone)
9:00 AM-9:30 AM LEGO® 101 (History, rationale, LEGO® based modalities)
9:30 AM-10:15 AM LEGO® 101 (How to store and clean your bricks, types of bricks, where to find bricks, virtual LEGO®)
10:15 AM-10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM- 12:00 PM Let’s build! Using directive and non-directive play therapy with LEGO® (Experiential exercises in breakout rooms)
12:00 PM- 12:15 PM Wrap Up/Questions
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@example.com, 708-541-3365. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.
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