Trans Sensitive Play Therapy

This workshop begins with a brief overview of transgender social and clinical history, terminology, and the differences between sexuality and gender identity. Participants will then be informed of cultural experiences and challenges that gender expansive youth may face. We will discuss gender exploration in play, with a focus on common themes, and cover 10 items your playroom should have. We will also cover 7 directive activities designed to help explore gender identity and 10 books to use for bibliotherapy. The presentation will include a framework for supporting caregivers, as well as ways to decrease the intensity of gender dysphoria. It ends with 4 case vignettes spanning youth ages 7 to 17 using play-based techniques.

This course qualifies for 3.5 hours of non-contact CE’s with the Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider 18-537).

This course will close to new registrants on November 1, 2023.

Register before November 1, 2023 to ensure your ability to access this course in the future.

Course Information


Gain an understanding of basic terminology and diagnostic criteria for gender diverse youth. Be informed culturally as to what challenges and experiences they may face. Discuss and explore therapeutic techniques and ways to support caregivers within a Play Therapy framework.

The learning experience for this workshop is a convenient non-contact self-paced online training, with unlimited, lifetime access after registration and purchase starting August 5, 2020. Digital CE certificates are automatically generated with your name once all lessons have been completed, you have filled out the evaluation form, and you have passed the quiz with a score of 70% or more.

***NOTE: APT CE’s will NOT be awarded to registrants who are not mental-health professionals.***

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to apply proper terminology to understand Gender Dysphoria and transgender/gender expansive youth that may attend sessions with a Play Therapist,
  • Participants will be able to explain the history of gender and Gender Dysphoria, with a focus on cultural implications for treating youth in therapy and with Play Therapy techniques,
  • Participants be able to utilize different Play Therapy activities designed to be culturally competent and relevant to transgender/gender expansive youth and families,
  • Participants be able to describe a framework to support caregivers of transgender/gender expansive youth.

About the Instructor

Kade Sharp (he/they) is a queer non-binary Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist practicing in southeastern Washington. He is a certified Child Mental Health Specialist. Kade has a clinical focus on youth who are experiencing anxiety, on the autism spectrum, and/or are exploring their gender or sexuality. He works at Spectrum Counseling, PLLC., and Sageview Youth Psychology in Richland, WA.

Cancellation Policy

Fees include 3.5 hours of training, and access to handouts. Written cancellations received before more than 10% of the training is completed will receive a full refund and their access to the course will be terminated. Cancellations received after 10% of the training is completed but before 50% of the training is completed will forfeit a total of 75% of the registration fee, with the remainder being refunded. Unfortunately, refunds cannot be given after participants have completed more than 50% of the training.

  • Enrollment in this course closed on .