Course Description

Working with LGBT+ children & teens in the playroom is complex and requires specific considerations and context. Come join us for a 6-hour recorded webinar for APT non-contact hours to discuss the attributes and complexities of treating LGBT+ clients in the play therapy. From a developmental & play lens, you will learn how sexuality and gender may present in the playroom. We will cover culturally sensitive language, strategies for working with families and considerations for addressing your own bias. We will be joined by 2 panelists, Stephanie Byers, and Lori Haas, LCMFT, two experts in the field. Using case conceptualizations and experiential activities, you will walk away with strategies to implement immediately with LGBT+ clients, family members and caregivers. 


  1. Participants will explain 5 reasons LGBT+ youth may seek mental health and play therapy treatment. 
  2. Participants will analyze & define gender and sexuality through a developmental, historical and play lens. 
  3. Participants will be able to articulate LGBT+ culturally sensitive terms and how this enhances therapeutic rapport in the playroom. 
  4. Participants will demonstrate 5 play therapy interventions specific to LGBT+ clients. 
  5. Participants will acquire 5 strategies and resources to help families & caregivers support the LGBT+ youth in play therapy. 
  6. Participants will learn considerations for challenging personal bias that may get in the way of the therapeutic alliance for LGBT+ clients in play. 

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. Play Therapy with LGBTQ+ Children & Teens Powerpoint

    2. Play Therapy with LGBTQ+ Children & Teens Video

    3. Inner Self-Portrait

    4. Book Recommendations

    5. LGBTQ Terminology

    6. Article

    7. References & Resources

    1. Course Evaluation (Required)

    2. Quiz (Required)

About this course

  • $100.00
  • 10 lessons
  • 5.5 hours of video content