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Webinar Title: Black Kids Matter: Play Therapy to Empower Black Children & Families

Facilitator: April Duncan, DSW, LCSW, RPT-S™

Training Date: April 6th, 2024

Training Time: 9:00 am-4:30 pm CST/10:00 am-5:30 pm EST

Location: Zoom

CEs: 6 APT live webinar CEs


*This webinar meets apt's definition of "live webinar"*


Webinar Description:

Black children and families are often navigating negative race-based experiences on a daily and continuous basis. However, this is often overlooked in the diagnosis and assessment of their moods and behaviors. This webinar will explore important cultural factors to consider in individual, group and family play therapy with Black children and families. Attendees will also review play-based activities to help build rapport and empower Black children dealing with depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and more. Additionally, individuals will review cultural considerations when implementing play-based interventions in the playroom, along with key items to equip in the playroom to promote cultural inclusivity. 


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explore play themes that may signal racial trauma in Black children.

  2. Discuss cultural considerations when gaining play therapy buy-in with Black youth and families.

  3. Analyze play therapy seminal theories to address mental distress in Black children. 

  4. Describe multicultural considerations in music-based interventions in play therapy.

  5. Use play-based interventions to build play therapy rapport with Black children & families.

  6. Identify play-based interventions to engage Black caregivers in family play therapy. 



  • 9:00 am-10:30 am Lecture & experiential learning
  • 10:30 am-10:45 am  Break
  • 10:45 am-12:00 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch break 
  • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 2:30 pm-2:45 pm Break
  • 2:45 pm-4:15 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 4:15 pm-4:30 pm Q &A and wrap-up

Black Kids Matter: Play Therapy to Empower Black Children & Families

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