Play Therapy Training in Chicago


Chicago, Illinois

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Sophia Ansari, (708) 541-3365

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​MPTI provides on-site play therapy trainings!  Experiential and educational offerings brought to your entire staff/organization. Call Sophia at 708-541-3365 or email her at for more information.


Utilizing Superheroes in Play Therapy and Counseling

Presented by: Sophia Ansari, LPCC

Friday, December 14, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
969 E. 60th Street, Chicago IL
6 Contact Hours
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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Superheroes are an integral part of childhood. The themes in favorite comic books can be used to help children and adults with the struggles we all encounter at some point in our lives (losing a loved one, being bullied, making poor choices). Utilizing Superhero/Comic Book play therapy, the creative counselor can incorporate several modalities of treatment such as play therapy, art, drama, cognitive behavioral therapy, bibliotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and others. The history and effectiveness of treatment, introduction to resources, and new and creative play therapy interventions created by the presenter will also be discussed. This program has been approved for 6 contact hours by the Association for Play Therapy (Approved Provider 15-422).

Superheroes and Pop Culture in Therapy for Children and Adolescents DVD

Presented by Sophia Ansari, LPCC

Imagine if kids and adolescents had superpowers to help them overcome their mental health issues. What would their superpowers be? How would you help them use these powers?

Perhaps the notion isn't as unbelievable as it seems. Like many children, our best-known superheroes are often impacted by abuse, divorce, loss, isolation, anger and their accompanying mental health challenges. And like many superheroes, kids who struggle with psychological issues can often harness incredible inner strength. Your clients' "powers" may already lay inside of them waiting to be discovered.

This recording will teach you to find your clients strengths, cultivate and enhance their inner resources, build on their best qualities, improve their resiliency, and help them change their worldview with a fun and engaging therapeutic approach centered around superhero mythology and popular culture!

Learn specific strategies to incorporate the superhero metaphor and the power of story-telling into evidence-based modalities of treatment including: play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Bibliotherapy. Hands on guidance will give you the tools you need to bring about self-awareness and change with kids facing trauma, anxiety, depression and disruptive behavior problems.

Benefits of Watching:

  • Build trust, security, and emotional vocabulary through the language of superheroes
  • Techniques to promote engagement in the therapeutic process
  • Assessment strategies that help kids identify their strengths and recognize the advocates in their lives
  • Interventions that offer clients a safe psychological distance from traumatic events
  • A framework that encourages young people to open-up about their problems
  • Creative tools for direct and indirect teaching​

To purchase this DVD or link to this recording visit:  PESI


School Safety Summit Play Therapy Workshops!

Earn up to 7 APT (non-contact hours) and NBCC credits from top experts in play therapy right in the comfort of your own home!*

Register at:  ThriveCart

For $137 you get an All Access Pass which will grant you lifetime access to these AMAZING presentations and the best part is… there’s no traveling! You can earn up to 7 APT credits at your own pace, in the comfort of your living room and hear from legendary play therapists like Paris Goodyear-Brown and Dr. David Crenshaw! And Midwest Play Therapy Institute’s very own Sophia Ansari gives a super passionate workshop on utilizing the VIA character strengths in play therapy using superheroes.

Other top mental health and play therapy experts provide workshops on:

  • Working with children with extreme rage that might be at risk for perpetrating gun violence
  • Using play therapy groups in schools to promote kindness
  • And interventions designed for communities dealing with mass grief.

This is a great deal…no travel, top experts, APT credits! Register now! Register at:  ThriveCart

As a BONUS mental health professionals will also receive 6 FREE presentations (these do not qualify for APT or NBCC credits) from top experts in the field like Howard Glasser, creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach. These workshops focus on bullying prevention and the unintended consequences of calming kids. They are designed as educational materials for concerned parents and teachers.

*The passing of a competency-based exam is required to obtain APT and NBCC credit.