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LEGO®-Based Play Therapy Techniques: Unlocking Creativity to Strengthen Relationships, Encourage Flexible Thinking, and Promote Problem Solving

LEGO® models and structures have become well-recognized not only as toy models but also as art forms that can be used in therapy. By unlocking the inner architect who craves creativity, flexibility, and transformation, LEGO® (and similar building bricks) can be used as a therapeutic tool in play therapy and counselling to help strengthen relationships, provide sensory stimulation, improve social skills, and build resilience. This workshop will explore the therapeutic power of LEGO® in play therapy and counselling for working with children, adolescents, and adults. 

You’ll gain an understanding of how to incorporate LEGO® into directive and non-directive play therapy interventions to engage clients, improve communication, problem-solving skills, conflict resolution skills, and increase self-esteem and well-being

Course Content Disclosure: LEGO® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group. PESI, Inc. and speakers, Sophia Ansari, LPCC and Josué Cardona, MS, received no compensation from The LEGO Group for this seminar. Other building block systems may be used.


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Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT |  Josué Cardona, MS
1 Hour 41 Minutes
Jun 03, 2020
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Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT's Profile

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Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, author, educator, and co-founder of the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. 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.


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.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sophia Ansari is the co-founder and owner of Let's Play Therapy Institute. She is an author with Routledge and receives royalties. Ms. Ansari receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

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


Josué Cardona, MS's Profile

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Josué Cardona, MS, earned a master’s in mental health counseling and trained in Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. He has worked with clients ages 4 to 84 through in-home, community, and outpatient counseling.  As an educator, Josué has designed curriculum for social-emotional skills, technology, and language learning for K-12. At the university level, he co-created the course Geek Culture in Psychotherapy, taught at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and co-authored Gamification: A Pilot Study in a Community College. Josué also acts as a diversity and inclusion Design Researcher for the Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago.  Josué is the founder of Geek Therapy, a therapeutic approach that believes the best way to understand people is through the things they care about. He created the Geek Therapy Network and community to educate parents, teachers, and helping professionals on how to use their favorite hobbies, pastimes, and interests to connect with others. Since 2011, Josué has presented on Geek Therapy through podcasts, blogs, book chapters, and presentations around the world. For more information on Geek Therapy, visit

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Josué Cardona has an employment relationship with the University of Chicago and the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Josué Cardona has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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  1. Appraise the history, research, and rationale of incorporating LEGO® in play therapy and counselling.
  2. Utilize five play therapy interventions with individuals, groups, and families. 
  3. Differentiate when to utilize directive versus non-directive LEGO® based interventions. 


LEGO®101:  The (Literal) Building Blocks of Play
History and empirical rationale of LEGO® based play therapy 
What makes building with bricks a therapeutic task?
Who may benefit from LEGO® based play therapy? 

Let’s Build!  Creative LEGO® Based Play Therapy Interventions 
Individual and group interventions for children and adolescents
Directive and non-directive interventions to improve:

  • Communication
  • Engagement
  • Problem solving
  • Social skills
  • Flexible thinking
  • Conflict resolution
  • And more!

Families who build together, stay together – how to use LEGO® with families

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Educators
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • School Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children


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