APT content area: Skills & Methods, Ethics, Special Topics


Presenter: Lisa Dykes-Harrell, LPCC, RPT-S



How do we become ethically responsible for cultural awareness? 

Knowledge and experience are our greatest teachers.  This workshop will explore our cultural values and biases and help us look at how they can influence a play therapy sessions.   We will also learn when children gain awareness of their own culture and differences among people.  These views will help us look closely at the ethical and cultural considerations for selecting materials for the play room as well as working with children in play therapy.  


1)    Demonstrate the ethical responsibility of being a culturally aware play therapist.


2)    Explore our own cultural values and biases that could therapeutically influence a play therapy session.

3)    Differentiate between a cultural generalization (an extension of the  (observation) and a cultural stereotype (judgment)

4)     Learn how and when children gain an awareness of differences guiding the  insights  gained in a play therapy session.

5)      Be provided ethical and cultural considerations for selecting materials for play therapy.

6)      Discuss the four interrelated principles of social justice; equity, access, participation   and rights.

Instructor Bio:

Lisa has over 25 years counseling experience that ranges from school counseling to private practice, to full time university instructor in counseling. Lisa has been using Play Therapy extensively in her practices since 2001. She has presented numerous counseling and play therapy workshops for CE credit and supervises future therapists and Play therapists. After retiring from Eastern New Mexico University in 2015, Lisa moved to Santa Fe, NM where she has worked with the Military Family Life Counselor Program (MFLC) and currently the Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy Institute of New Mexico.

Lisa Dykes-Harrell, LPCC, RPT-S