Course Description

This course is eligible for 2 APT Non-Contact Credit Hours under Special Topics by Ragan Snyder-Smith, LSCSW RPT-S APT Provider # 19-588


Come learn the neuroscience of using music to connect with children and help them heal! Using the therapeutic powers of play, we will discuss how to engage a client's with their favorite music, use music for mindfulness, self-regulation and coping skills. We will also cover musical storytelling techniques in play therapy. You will walk away with interventions you can immediately implement with clients. 


  1. Participants will review the latest research and evidence-based theories which are enhanced by utilizing music and play therapy.

  2. Participants will demonstrate 5 play therapy interventions which incorporate music.

  3. Participants will articulate how storytelling with lyrics, music and play metaphors can create safety for clients to discuss mental health struggles and heal.

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. Powerpoint Presentation

    2. Course Video

    3. References & Resources

    1. Course Evaluation (Required)

    2. Quiz

About this course

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