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Workshop Title: I Got the Power! Play Therapy to Empower Black Girls

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

Training Date: October 24th, 2024

Training Time: 9:00 am-4:30 pm EST

Location: 5950 Fairview Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28210

APT Continuing Education Hours: 6.0 APT Contact CEs


Workshop Description:

Black girls have a unique experience growing up in the United States that warrants special attention in the playroom. This includes stereotypes in the media and even within the Black community, that can negatively affect a child’s mental health and self-esteem. Using components of Adlerian Play Therapy, attendees will gain an understanding of the unique needs of Black girls, including the importance of representation in the toys and materials in the playroom. This workshop explores the play themes that may present in play therapy sessions with Black girls that may signal issues around self-esteem and self-worth, along with fun and unique play therapy interventions to address these issues.


Learning Objectives: 

  1. List play themes that may signal mental distress in Black girls.

  2. Identify play therapy interventions to increase self-esteem in Black girls.

  3. Analyze mindfulness play therapy techniques to empower Black girls.

  4. Discuss toys and materials to have in the playroom to promote cultural inclusivity.

  5. Assess the use of doll play in play therapy sessions with Black girls.

  6. Apply Adlerian Play Therapy techniques to empower Black girls. 



  • 9:00 am-9:15 am Introductions
  • 9:15 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-2:15 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 2:15 pm-2:30 pm Break
  • 2:30 pm-4:15 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 4:15 pm-4:30 pm Q & A/wrap-up

I Got the Power! Play Therapy to Empower Black Girls - Charlotte

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