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Telehealth Meets Play: Treating Children and Adolescents in a Virtual Setting

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Cheryl Catron, MEd, LPCC-S, RPT-S |  Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT
2 Hours 50 Minutes
May 08, 2020
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DVD - Also available: Digital Recordings


You have the clinical skill set to work with children and adolescents in your office. But are you confident in how you can translate those skills to a virtual setting?   

Packed with over creative interventions and insights, this 3-hour recording is sure to leave you inspired and full of ideas for your next tele-session, including how you can:  

  • Set up a space that is welcoming and therapeutic (yes, even for virtual offices!) 
  • Engage and connect with all kids, including those who are non-verbal and/or hesitant 
  • Cultivate the neurological benefits of attunement, co-regulation, and trust 
  • Troubleshoot common barriers to effective treatment 
  • Creatively include caregivers to extend support between sessions 
  • And more! 

Don’t miss this must-watch recording for anyone working with children and adolescents – purchase today! 



This online program is worth 3.0 hours CPD.



Cheryl Catron, MEd, LPCC-S, RPT-S's Profile

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Cheryl Catron, MEd, LPCC-S, RPT-S, is a long-time educator and mental health clinician who has over 19 years serving students with a wide variety of academic and mental health needs. In her most recent role as a school-based mental health clinician, she provided therapy and support services for K-5 students with differing clinical issues including depression, anxiety, social skills, ADHD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In addition to this, Ms. Catron also served as a consultant for and collaborator with teachers, paraprofessionals and other school staff members. Drawing on her experience as a teacher, school counselor, and mental health clinician, Ms. Catron provided insightful guidance to develop and implement effective classroom-based strategies that facilitate improved behavioral and academic performance for students with a variety of needs including giftedness, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disturbances.


Cheryl is licensed as both a Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor in the state of Ohio and a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor through The Association for Play Therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education and her Master of Education degree in School Counseling & Professional Counseling from Ohio University. 


She and her husband have recently founded a nonprofit organization, Foothold International, that serves indigenous communities in Kenya, East Africa. Ms. Catron is collaborating with the local government to develop community mental health response systems as well as trauma sensitivity to their outreach programs. She provides mental health training to teachers, health workers, and law enforcement personnel.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cheryl Catron is a supervisor and clinical consultant with Whole Life Counseling Services, LLC. She is the co-founder of Foothold International. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Cheryl has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Cheryl Catron has a family member who was diagnosed with juvenile bipolar disorder.

Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT's Profile

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Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, author, educator, and co-founder of the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She provides workshops on play therapy to mental health professionals and educates parents and teachers on the importance of play as it relates to development and learning in the school setting.


She is a passionate research trainer who has bridged her knowledge of neuroscience and creative therapies to provide in-depth and highly experiential trainings.


Sophia co-hosts Hero Nation, a podcast on the Geek Therapy Network, which celebrates diversity in the media and explores how to use geek culture in therapy.


Sophia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wright State University and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sophia Ansari is the co-founder and owner of Let's Play Therapy Institute. She is a Positive Education Trainer and a Caped Crusaders SEL Curriculum Creator. Sophia Ansari is an author with Routledge and receives royalties. Sophia Ansari receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sophia Ansari is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.


  1. Determine the benefits of providing play therapy on a digital platform.  
  2. Apply directive and non-directive play therapy interventions to use in telehealth therapy sessions with children and adolescents. 
  3. Develop interventions for challenging clinical scenarios in telehealth, including resistance and crisis intervention.  


Optimizing Your Telehealth Sessions from the Start 

Setting up your space (and why it matters) 

Preparation for virtual sessions 

  • Games that require little-to-no material 
  • Planning ahead for connectivity disruption 
  • Boundaries and child-centred limit setting 

How to structure a teletherapy session 

Adjusting expectations and outcome

Creative Teleplay Interventions for your Virtual Toolbox 

Demonstrations and resources, including: 

  • Movement and regulation 
  • Creative and expressive arts 
  • Interactive choice boards, like PPT 
  • Sandtray  
  • Games, LEGO®, and other play techniques 
  • Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) 
  • Mindfulness techniques 
  • And more!

Troubleshooting Common Scenarios 

What to do when:  Resistance, hyperactivity, limit testing, crisis intervention, and more 

Teleplay with non-verbal children 

Clinician self-care (screen time is exhausting!) 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists(For CE Credit)
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 12


Rose Ann S

"Very relevant training. Great presenters with high skill and lots of experience."

Julia S

"Amazing course! Love the ideas, handouts and other resources"

Lisa Y

"This was so awesome! Loved all the resources!"

Melissa H

"Love the enthusiasm of the presenters! Also appreciated all the resources that were shared!"

Donna S

"Great job!"

Jimmie T


Kayla S

"They gave lots of examples and resources for tele-play!"

Diane B

"I really enjoyed this presentation and look forward to utilizing the tools! THank you"

Nell H

"Well done! "

Cathleen S

"The presenters were very engaging and it was easy to follow. I've been in several teletherapy trainings, and this has been by far the most helpful and useful for a current practitioner."

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