Course Description

Engage a client's imagination and creativity with literature and board games in the play room. This 3 hour webinar will explore the integration, history and theory of play therapy and bibliotherapy and ways of incorporating books and board games with client’s treatment goals and presenting problems. Several popular books and board games will be discussed with examples of modifications and therapeutic uses. Participants will walk away with several play therapy and bibliotherapy interventions they can utilize immediately in person and via tele-play. 


1. Participants will identify 5 play therapy interventions incorporating bibliotherapy.

2. Participants will analyze how books can be used clinically to address topics like emotions, social skills and trauma in the playroom using case analysis, diagnostic criteria and experiential experience. 

3. Participants will define common 5 uses for board games in play therapy including traditional board games, therapeutic board games and making your own board games.

4. While considering the clinical presentation of the client, participants will understand 3 modifications when utilizing bibliotherapy and board games in play therapy, including considerations for special populations and how to handle cheating.

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. Books & Board Games in Play Therapy and Counseling Powerpoint

    2. Books & Board Games in Play Therapy & Counseling Video

    3. References & Resources

    1. Course Evaluation (Required)

    2. Quiz (Required)

About this course

  • $65.00
  • 6 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content