Course Description

This course is eligible for 5 APT Non-Contact Credit Hours under Special Topics by Ragan Snyder-Smith, LSCSW RPT-S APT Provider # 19-588


This course will help participants diagnosis and treat grief in the playroom. This 5-hour training is designed to meet your required 5-hour diagnosis training that mental health professionals are required to have. Looking through a developmental lens, we will discuss types and stages of grief in children and how it may differ from trauma. We will cover common diagnoses such as Bereavement-Related Disorder, PTSD, GAD, MDD, and Adjustment Disorder Related to Bereavement. We will also explore themes of grief and loss that present in play therapy. Using video, experiential activities, lecture, breakout rooms and case conceptualizations, you will walk away with strategies you can implement immediately to help clients heal. 


  1.  Participants will review types of grief that present in childhood and how these may affect a client's development.

  2.  Participants will describe the stages of grief and how these may affect a client's development.

  3.  Participants will distinguish between trauma and grief related disorders in the playroom.

  4. Participants will explain the diagnostic criteria and presenting symptoms for bereavement, PTSD, anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders in the playroom.

  5.  Participants will elucidate 5 play therapy techniques and interventions to help children process grief. 

  6.  Participants will review best practices in assessing and treatment planning grief-related disorders in the playroom. 

Instructor Ragan Snyder-Smith, LSCSW RPT-S

Ragan is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker who is currently in practice at Andover Family Counseling. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wichita State University. She also has a Master’s in Education from Newman University. In her 20 years in mental health, she has worked in schools, psychiatric hospitals, foster care and adoption agencies, and nonprofits. She is passionate about helping women heal from what may interfere with emotional, psychological and social well being. She specializes in women's issues, including: trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships, and barriers to sexual health. Ragan has spoken to audiences throughout the United States and Australia.

Instructor Bea Burchill, LSCSW, RPT

Bea Burchill, LSCSW, RPT received her BSW from Wichita State University and then went on to receive her MSW from the University of Kansas. Bea has many years of experience as a child therapist working with children aged 2-20 who have experienced childhood trauma. She has worked in domestic violence agencies as well as community mental health. Currently she is an elementary school social worker. Bea is a big nerd and loves all things Harry Potter, Superheroes and pop culture. She is passionate about play and fostering moments of joy and connection. She loves spending time outside and reading picture books with her toddler, husband and family.

Course curriculum

    1. Diagnosing Grief in The Playroom

    2. Video

    3. Symptoms of Grief

    4. Grief Assessment

    5. Creative Expressions

    6. Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief:Tips for Caregivers

    7. Helping School Age Children with Traumatic Grief:Tips for Caregivers

    8. Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

    9. References & Resources

    1. Course Evaluation (Required)

    2. Quiz (Required)

About this course

  • $95.00
  • 12 lessons
  • 5 hours of video content