2023 July 15: Bibliotherapy 101: How to Incorporate Children’s Books in Play Therapy

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Workshop Description

Workshop Description:

Are you ready to have a fun day learning about bibliotherapy and how to incorporate children’s books in play therapy? This workshop is perfect for interns, associates, early childhood educators, students, school-based counselors and therapists who want to add more techniques to their play therapy toolbox. You’ll be introduced to bibliotherapy and how it supports the therapeutic powers of play. You learn how to use bibliotherapy books and how I pair them with other interventions to support clients with cognitive distortions, anxiety, grief, loss, divorce, self-esteem, emotional regulation, anger and depression. Be prepared for a fun and interactive day adding new interventions to enhance, engage and support clients of all ages. 


Esther De La Cruz has been working with children and families in various capacities for over 25 years, specializing in early childhood development. Esther is Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and Certified Positive Discipline Parent & Classroom Educator. Esther has worked in non-profit, state-funded and private practice programs in mental health and early childhood education. 

Speaker Disclosures:

  • Financial: Esther De La Cruz currently works in a group private practice focused on mental health and she provides clinical supervision. Esther is a trainer in early childhood education using the Positive Discipline Parent & Classroom program. Esther has no other commercial interests to disclose and no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.   
  • Non-Financial: Esther De La Cruz is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and Certified Positive Discipline Parent & Classroom Educator. She is an active member of the Association for Play Therapy and she has held several volunteer chapter positions with the California Branch for the Association for Play Therapy (CalA in San Diego, and is currently serving as the chapter secretary for CalAPT in the Inland Empire. Esther is a member of California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. 

After session, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the history and use of bibliotherapy in play therapy and how it applies to the therapeutic powers of play.
  2. Describe the benefits of using bibliotherapy with other play therapy techniques.
  3. Identify 25 books that support clients presenting with anxiety, anger, social skills, emotion regulation, divorce, trauma, depression, loss, mindfulness, and self-esteem.
  4. Identify various play therapy techniques and interventions that can be paired with each book presented.

Learning Objectives


10:00am-10:30am ​CalAPT Announcements

​10:30am-10:45am ​Introduction & History of Bibliotherapy

10:45am-11:15am ​Bibliotherapy and the therapeutic powers of play

11:15am-11:30am ​Benefits of bibliotherapy in play therapy

11:30am-12:15pm ​Skills & Methods: Play therapy techniques and interventions that can be paired with books presented

12:15pm-12:30pm ​Q&A

12:30pm-1:00pm ​CalAPT Announcements

Continuing Education Details

Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit per day for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs and LPCC’s. The California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Approved Provider # 00-094). NO CREDIT FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE. APA Credit is not offered for this workshop.

Who Should Attend: Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, School Counselors, Interns, and Students.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Instructional Methodology: May include lecture, demonstration, audio/visual, experiential practice of techniques, case examples, large and small group discussion

CalAPT Policies and Disclaimers

Cancellations & Refunds: Requests for refunds must be made in writing by e-mail to president@calplaytherapy.org. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the training to receive a refund. There is a $25.00 administrative fee for refunds. There are no refunds for cancellations after the deadline, however, registration may be transferred to another individual. There are no price breaks for partial attendance.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by presenters at the CALAPT events do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CALAPT Board of Directors or its membership. CALAPT reserves the right to make changes to the conference schedule, speakers and presentation, if this becomes necessary.

Accessibility Information: CALAPT is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact president@calplaytherapy.org to request disability accommodations per ADA/504. Advance notice is necessary to arrange some accessibility needs. Please provide notification two weeks prior to the workshop date.

Health and Safety Information: CALAPT follows all guidance and recommendations set forth by the CDC and other state, local, and federal healthy and safety governance.

Questions and Concerns: Contact us at president@calplaytherapy.org with any event or registration related questions or concerns.

Date & Time
Saturday July 15, 2023
10:00 AM 1:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles)

The City of San Diego College-Rolando Library

Community Room
6600 Montezuma Road
San Diego CA 92115
United States
--The City of San Diego College-Rolando Library--
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California Association for Play Therapy

(888) 311-1690​

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