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.


Ragan Snyder-Smith, LSCSW RPT-S

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. . 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.  APT credits available as listed in the course description are provided by Ragan Snyder-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.

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Storytelling with Superheros in Play Therapy

    • Books & Board Games in Play Therapy and Counseling Powerpoint

    • Books & Board Games in Play Therapy & Counseling Video

    • References & Resources

  • 3

    Finish Course and Get Certificate

    • Course Evaluation (Required)

    • Quiz (Required)

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