APT content area: Cultural & Social Diversity, Skills & Methods and Special Topics


This workshop will provide specific information for working with various cultures in the context of play
therapy. Participants will review the theoretical basis for multicultural counseling. In addition,
participants will learn about using child-centered play therapy and filial therapy with diverse cultures and
how to prepare a space that is inclusive and respectful of all cultures. An interactive format will be
utilized to highlight the materials presented.

Learning Objectives:

Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Apply the theoretical basis for multicultural counseling to play therapy.
2. Facilitate awareness of commonalities and differences between various cultures.
3. Evaluate the usefulness of non-directive play therapy approaches with diverse cultures.
4. Recognize the impact of bias, diversity, and social justice on the mental health of children.
5. Clarify ways of including and honoring the family in the play therapy process.
6. Develop an inclusive play therapy space.

Instructor Bio:

Geri Glover has worked with children and families for over 30 years in education, day treatment programs, private practice, mental health clinics, and is currently Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at New Mexico Highlands University. She completed research in Filial Therapy with Native Americans residing on the Flathead Reservation in northern Montana in honor of her Salish ancestry. Her research has appeared in such publications as The School Counselor Journal and The International Journal of Play Therapy. Dr. Glover is a strong advocate of multicultural awareness and its importance in the therapeutic relationship. She has numerous publications, and is co-author of Play Therapy Interventions with Children’s Problems.

Geri Glover, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S