April 10, 2021- Digital Play Therapy (SB CalAPT)


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The California Association for Play Therapy, San Bernardino Chapter Proudly Presents:

Digital Play Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide to Comfort and Competence for COVID and Beyond

Presented by Dr. Jessica Stone, PhD., RPT-S

Saturday, 4/10/21, LIVE via Zoom 9am-4:30pm PST

Earn 6 Non-Contact CEs



  • APT Members: (Use code APTMEM) $99 ($89 before 3/22)
  • Non-Members: $119 ($109 before 3/22)

This two-part presentation focuses on the responsible integration of digital tools in play therapy, the importance of speaking the client’s language, honoring the client’s culture, and the incorporation of the therapist 4 Cs: Competence, Comfort, Culture, and Capability during the COVID pandemic and beyond.   

The first portion will focus on the fundamentals and explore the questions “how is it acceptable and therapeutic to use digital tools in play therapy?” and “how do I incorporate these tools into practice?”. The second portion will focus on the practical and experiential components such as “how do I know what apps/games/programs to use?” and “how do I even play any of these?” and “how on earth do I speak about this with others (parents, collateral contacts, etc.)?” 

The inclusion of these digital tools in play therapy is to be seen as an “and”: we can use our traditional items AND include digital tools in person and through telehealth. Whether the participant is a “technoskeptic” or a “technonecessist“, this course will guide the participant through the fundamental tenets of the modality of Digital Play Therapy (DPT). Grounded in Prescriptive Play Therapy and the Therapeutic Powers of Play, a structure for the appropriate use and integration of digital tools will be discussed. Inclusion and accessibility are critical aspects of DPT and the well-rounded therapist will benefit from understanding this important topic in more depth. There is therapeutic value in the discussion of your client’s interests, in the knowledge of such interests, entering their world and culture, and the inclusion of digital tools in play therapy. Console, web-based, and appbased interventions will be discussed and included in the experiential exercises – including UnoFreak, Animal Crossing®, Roblox®, Virtual Sandtray©®, and more! 

Digital play therapy is not about jumping on some trendy bandwagon; it is about appropriately incorporating cultural shifts and having a foundation for such inclusion. There is room for many different grounded modalities and approaches under the play therapy umbrella and this presentation invites everyone in to find out more for telehealth and beyond! 


Learning Objectives: After the session, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain one component of the prescriptive nature of digital play therapy. 
  • Identify a core agent of change of at least one Therapeutic Power of Play.  
  • Describe the therapeutic properties of at least one iPad, Nintendo Switch, OR computer online program. 
  • Identify at least 2 types of clientele who would potentially benefit from the use of digital play therapy. 
  • Identify at least 2 of the 4 C’s of digital play therapy. 
  • Describe how the Therapeutic Powers of Play graphic can be used to write clinical notes. 
  • List the names of least 1 digital program that has identified therapeutic value. 
  • Describe how DPT can be used in telehealth and beyond. 


Workshop Outline

  • Introduction 10 min 
  • What is digital play therapy? 20 min 
  • Prescriptive and Therapeutic Powers of Play 20 min 
  • 4 C’s of digital play therapy 20 min 
  • Setup, telehealth, documentation, caregiver conversations, ethics 30 min 
  • Hardware, software, how to choose, create a chart 15 min 
  • Web-based games and examples 30 min 
  • Experiential breakout rooms and process 45 min 
  • App-based programs and examples 30 min 
  • Experiential breakout rooms and process 45 min 
  • Console-based games and examples 30 min 
  • Experiential breakout rooms and process 45 min 
  • Q & A 20 min 


Presenter: Jessica Stone, Ph.D., RPT-S, is a licensed psychologist working in a private practice setting in Colorado. She has been a practitioner, professor, presenter, mentor, and author for more than 25 years.  She is the co-creator of the Virtual Sandtray App for iPad (VSA) and the Virtual Sandtray for Virtual Reality (VSA-VR).  Dr. Stone has numerous publications to date including Integrating Technology into Modern Therapies, Game Play, Play Therapy Theory and Perspectives, and Digital Play Therapy in addition to numerous chapters in a variety of books.   


Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 6 hours of non-contact continuing education credit per day for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs and LPCC’s. The California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider # 00-094). Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 6 NON-CONTACT CE Hours. The California Association for Play Therapy is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychologists may receive 6 hours of continuing education credit for this workshop. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now recognizes APA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs, MFTs and LPCCs. The California Association for Play Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. NO CREDIT FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.


Who Should Attend: Social Workers, Marriage, Family & Child Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, School Counselors, Psychologists, Students, and Interns.


Instructional Level: Introductory


Cancellations & Refunds: Requests for refunds must be made in writing by e-mail to president@calplaytherapy.org. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the training to receive a refund. There is a $25.00 administrative fee for refunds. There are no refunds for cancellations after the deadline, however, registration may be transferred to another individual. There are no price breaks for partial attendance.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by presenters at the CALAPT events do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CALAPT Board of Directors or its membership. CALAPT reserves the right to make changes to the conference schedule, speakers and presentation, if this becomes necessary.

If you have a disability and need accommodations per ADA/504, please provide notification 2 weeks prior to the workshop date.

Contact us at calplaytherapy@gmail.com with any event or registration related questions. Hope to see you at the event!

Event Details

Event Details

Start date: April 10, 2021

End date: April 10, 2021

Start time: 09:00 a.m. PDT

End time: 04:30 p.m. PDT

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