Bibliotherapy: Using Books in Play Therapy-Joella Gerber (Beginning)

Throughout history, stories have been used as a way to make meaning, pass information, and promote development. In this interactive session, participants will learn about and practice how to integrate Bibliotherapy into their play therapy practice.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to…

  1. Describe the four steps of the Interactive Model of Bibliotherapy.
  2. List the benefits and limitations of using Bibliotherapy in the play therapy context.
  3. Practice and apply using books to facilitate change in play therapy for a variety of symptoms and presenting problems.

Meet the Presenter

Joella Gerber, LISW, RPT

As a Registered Play Therapist with years in the field, Joella believes that relationships, connection, and play are the key to wellness and finds hope in knowing that through intentional experiences and support, people can find solutions to the challenges in their lives.

Letter Writing for Gender Affirming Care 101:  A Play Therapist’s Guide-Heather Sowada & Remi Andrews (Intermediate)

In order to provide gender affirming care to children and teens, play therapists need essential and specialized knowledge.  This workshop provides play therapists an understanding of the letter writing process, WPATH Standards of Care 8, and assessment of gender dysphoria. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to…

  1. Identify the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria.
  2. Identify 5 principals of gender affirming care according to WPATH Standards of Care 8 applicable to play therapy.
  3. Demonstrate 3 play therapy assessments used to identify symptoms of gender dysphoria.

Meet the Presenters

Dr. Heather Sowada, PhD, LMFT

Dr. Heather Morgan-Sowada is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Iowa. She is an Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Mount Mercy University. Heather owns a private practice called Resolute Therapy. In 2019 she and Remi Andrews started Resolute Rainbows, which provides group psychotherapy for children and teens who identify as trans or gender non-binary, and their parents.

Remi Andrews, MA, LMFT, RPT

Remi Andrews is an independently licensed marriage and family therapist working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Remi identifies as a trans masculine person, and uses he/him pronouns. He is passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, and works with a person-centered approach learned from play therapy training. Remi also loves being walked by his dogs and killing houseplants.