All of our clients have their own superhero inside of them!  Learn how to help your clients unlock their inner strengths  and overcome depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma using superheroes and mainstream media metaphors. 

In these two courses, we will be exploring the psychology behind superheroes and analyze the latest research. We will discuss how to use these metaphors in the counseling setting and in play therapy. We will cover evidence-based practices. We will also discuss strategies about helping clients distinguish between reality and fantasy play.   We will cover evidence-based practices including: play therapy, ACT, CBT, bibliotherapy and more. You will walk away with immediate interventions you can use right away with your clients in person or in telehealth!


Each of these recorded webinar style courses  is taught by Ragan Synder-Smith and Bea Burchill

Ragan graduated from Wichita State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Social Work and a Master's degree in Education. She received her Play Therapy Certification from Heartland Play Therapy and is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. 

Ragan has worked in addictions, foster care and adoptions, private practice, medical social work and psychiatric social work. Currently, Ragan works as a behavior specialist in a public school. She has worked in early childhood, elementary, middle, high school and at an alternative high school setting. She also works part-time for a local non-profit for children with special needs as a Behavior Consultant and also teaches Crisis Intervention classes. Ragan is passionate about school mental health, play therapy and social justice. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, mindfulness, reading, running, yoga & healthy living.

Ragan has presented Lego-based play therapy around the country for play therapists and mental health professionals. 

Bea Burchill, LMSW received her BSW from Wichita State University and then went on to receive her MSW from KU. She has worked in the school setting with grads Pre-K-12. She also has several years of experience working in the domestic violence field. Currently she is the child therapist at StepStone, a domestic violence shelter, working with children of all ages who have experienced intimate partner violence and family trauma. Bea is working towards her clinical license and is accumulating clinical supervision hours. She has also completed the play therapy certificate program and receives play therapy supervision.

APT credits available as listed in the course description are provided by Ragan Synder-Smith, LCSW, RPT-S, APT Approved Provider 19-588.  Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. 


NBCC credits, when available are provided by Jennifer Taylor. Jennifer Taylor has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 6928. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly marked. Jennifer Taylor is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Jennifer Taylor's NBCC approval is valid through 2/28/2021.  Credit is not guaranteed after that date.  If you need NBCC credit for this course, please complete the course before 2/28/2021.  

Technical support for this course is provided by Jennifer Taylor of Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services, LLC.