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Play Therapy With LGBTQ+ Clients

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This 1 hour workshop explores play therapy with LGBTQ+ clients and families.



This 1 hour workshop explores play therapy with LGBTQ+ clients and families. The presenter examines APT Best Practices and the ACA Code of Ethics in regards to working with LGBTQ+ clients. The presenter discusses terminology and preferred language in regards to the community as well as being mindful of professional image. The presenter then discusses play therapy techniques with the LGBTQ+ community and then shares play therapy activities that are LGBTQ+ affirming.


Learning Objectives:


Upon completion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify best practices when working with LGBTQ+ clients and families.
  • Use appropriate terminology and preferred language when working with and discussing the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Demonstrate play therapy activities that are affirming to LGBTQ+ clients.




Samantha Willis, M.Ed., CCC, LPC (AL), NCC, Registered Play Therapist


CE Hours:


1 non-contact hour

APT approved provide number 18-527




American Counseling Association. (2014). ACA code of ethics. Alexandria, VA.


Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama. (2018). Retrieved from  


Association for Play Therapy. (2016). Play therapy best practices: clinical, professional and ethical issues. Retrieved from




Safe Zone -


Thomas, B. (2011). Play therapy and art interventions for gender nonconforming children and their families. Retrieved from


Williams, D.J., Prior, E., & Wegner, J. (2013). Resolving social problems associated with sexuality: Can a "sex-positive" approach help? Social work, 58(3), 273-276. doi: 10.1093/sw/swt024


Refund and Grievance Policy

Avail Institute is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists, the National Board of Certified Counselors Code of Ethics, and the Association for Play Therapy Best Practice Guidelines. Avail Institute will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content, and in the treatment of program participants.


While Avail Institute goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, it recognizes that complaints do and will arise. Avail Institute will do its best to anticipate problems and, when they do present themselves, will attempt to alleviate complaints as quickly as possible.


Refund Policy

  • Participants can submit a written email request up to 15 days after purchasing a pre-recorded course in which the continuing education certificate has not been presented to them. Participants can submit a written email request at least 7 days prior to a live training course in order to receive a refund.
  • Course pricing cannot be changed after purchase to reflect sales or promo codes.
  • Participants must complete an exam with a passing score of 80% in order to earn their continuing education certificate.
  • No course refund will be provided due to failure to complete the course.
  • Participants will be given a 30 day notification by email if a purchased course is scheduled to be removed or access to the course will be changed.
  • If a live training course is cancelled due to insufficient registration, weather-related emergencies, technical difficulties, or other emergencies, all participants will be given the option to attend a rescheduled event at no additional charge or receive a full refund.
  • No partial continuing education credit is available. The participant must complete the entire course in order to receive continuing education credit.


Grievance Policy

When a complaint, either verbally or written, is filed with Avail Institute, the following guidelines are followed with respect to achieving resolution:


  1. Complaints relative to a course instructor, contents of instructional materials being presented, or an individual educational style being utilized, the individual voicing disapproval is requested to first address concerns to the instructor. If the instructor is not available, place feedback in writing. Avail Institute will convey these comments to the instructor while maintaining confidentiality of the complainant.
  2.  If the complaint concerns a continuing education activity, its content, level of presentation, or facilities in which the event is being held, Avail Institute will attempt to resolve the matter as expeditiously as possible. If the offered resolution (resolutions may include, but not be limited to partial/full refund of fees paid; credit towards a future course) not satisfactory to the individual filing the complaint, then further action may be taken. In the latter instance, the individual is requested to place his/her complaint in writing to the attention of Avail Institute. The complaint is then reviewed by Avail Institute. A written response will be issued within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint. Within 30 days of the resolution rendered by Avail Institute, the complainant may file a written appeal to Avail Institute. The decision of Avail Institute is final.



A participant with questions regarding Avail Institute’s refund policy or grievance policy needs to contact Brett Willis at

Here is the course outline:

1. Video

Join Samantha in her discussion about best practices when working with LGBTQ+ individuals in play therapy.

2. Handouts

Material related to the course.

3. Evaluation

Please complete the evaluation based on your experience with this course.

4. Quiz

Complete the quiz to receive your certificate for this course.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion 1 hr
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