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Superheroes and Pop Culture in Play Therapy

  • 19 Aug 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Virtual Meeting


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Superheroes and Pop Culture in Play Therapy 

Presented by  Sophia Ansari, LPCC, Registered Play Therapist

We all have memories of using a blanket as a makeshift cape and jumping off the couch imagining as if we were flying high up in the sky amongst the clouds. Superheroes have been such an integral part of our childhood. The stories from comic books and pop culture media can offer a powerful analogy to frame our own experiences. Integrating a client’s interests in play therapy can nurture rapport building, encourage creativity, and can provide a safe distance to process emotions and gain perspective.

Superhero themes in play therapy can be used to assess a client’s inner resources, strengths, needs, and can provide valuable information in diagnosis and treatment planning.

This workshop will provide participants with creative play therapy interventions that integrate their clients’ interests. Learn how to help children and adolescents discover they are the heroes of their own stories!

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the history of using superheroes in play therapy, its pioneers, and its effectiveness in the treatment of children and adolescents.
    2. Apply superhero and pop culture themes to play therapy interventions to encourage rapport building, social connection, and exploration.
    3. Discuss methods of introducing mindfulness and self-compassion using superhero and pop culture themes.
    4. Use valuable resources (web sites, books) to enhance your geek/superhero therapy knowledge in your play therapy practice to improve clinical outcomes.

    Level of training: Beginner

    3 NON-CONTACT APT CE Hours - Play Therapy Special Topics

    This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

    About our presenter:  Sophia Ansari 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. For more information on Let’s Play Therapy Institute visit,

    AZAPT Members $50; Nonmember Guests $60

    Limited to 50 participants.

    LIVE WEBINAR: Per APT guidelines, video cameras must be on throughout the presentation for contact CE. Participants will be awarded APT NON-CONTACT CE upon successful completion of a post test. This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

    AZAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider 97-035. AZAPT maintains responsibility for the program. Registrants understand and agree that any photograph, video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote AZAPT.

    Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than August 1, 2022. Cancellations are subject to a $15 processing fee. Substitutions (someone else attending) or transfer of registration to another training date may be requested. No refunds after August 1, 2022.

    By registering for this training, you are giving AZAPT permission to add your email to our email list and permission for AZAPT to use any photographs or screenshots taken during the training for promotional purposes.

    Arizona Association for Play Therapy

    10869 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 103-243

    Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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