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EIU Master of Science in Counseling


Back by popular demand with a new training,

EIU and the Department of Counseling &

Higher Education is happy to host:


Presented By: Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT

Let’s Play Therapy Institute


Friday, November 4, 2022  

8:30 AM- 3:30 PM

Eastern Illinois University

University Ballroom (2nd Floor – MLK Jr. Union)

Program Description:

Sandtray play therapy is a highly therapeutic and multidimensional form of therapy which can bring about deep introspection and facilitate change. In this workshop, participants will learn about the theory and practice of sandtray play therapy through experiential learning, group discussion, and case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to build a sand tray and learn the skills to facilitate the sandtray play therapy process for children, adolescents, and adults. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the healing power of sandtray play therapy, as well as discover other play therapy techniques that can be incorporated into any setting, with any clientele.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the history and various theoretical perspectives on sandtray play therapy.

  1. Explain the neurobiological benefits of sandtray play therapy.

  1. Demonstrate how to conduct and process a sandtray play therapy session for individual, marriage and family, and group therapy.

  1. Apply sandtray play therapy into your sessions through non-directive and directive interventions.

  1. Apply sandtray play therapy to help clients heal trauma, improve communication, and strengthen relationships.

  1. Demonstrate professional and personal insight through the creation of your own sand tray experience.

Continuing Education Information:

6 APT (Association for Play Therapy) CONTACT CE hours provided by Let’s Play Therapy Institute. Let’s Play Therapy Institute is an APT Approved Provider 20-609. Let’s Play Therapy Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

AND 6 CE hours available through NBCC/Eastern Illinois University - Counseling and Higher Education - ACEP No. 3066.

Participants will be required to complete an evaluation immediately upon conclusion of the workshop to receive credit for APT contact hours and NBCC CE hours. The CE certificates are awarded to those who attend the entire workshop.

Please note that the Association for Play Therapy (APT) alone holds the right to accept or deny any continuing education training at its discretion. 

It is the responsibility of each professional to check with their state or national licensing board to obtain continuing education credit for this seminar. Most state and national licensing boards will approve continuing education courses which cover clinical topics, practice management skills, legal and ethical responsibilities and stress management. It is your responsibility as the license/certificate holder to be aware of and abide by the continuing education rules and guidelines set forth by your licensing board.


About the Presenter:

Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, author, educator, and owner of Let’s Play Therapy Institute. 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 all over the world.

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.

For more information on Let’s Play Therapy Institute visit,

Important Program Details:

Target Audience:

Graduate level mental health students & licensed mental health practitioners. This seminar is a beginning level course. This workshop is appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sophia Ansari is the owner of Let’s Play Therapy Institute, LLC. 

Non-financial: Sophia Ansari is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

Grievance Policy:

Let’s Play Therapy Institute seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Sophia Ansari, Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. 

Special Accommodations:

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Eastern Illinois University program coordinator, Wendy Lane at

Training Refund Policy:

For questions about the refund policy, please contact Eastern Illinois University program coordinator, Wendy Lane at

Schedule (Times in Central Time Zone):

8:30 AM- 10:15 AM


10:15 AM- 10:20 AM


10:20 AM-11:30 AM


11:30 AM-12:30 PM

LUNCH (on your own)

12:30 PM-2:00 PM


2:00 PM-2:05 PM


2:05 PM-3:30 PM



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Contact Information

Counseling and Higher Education

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2400

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