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

Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT
Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist,™ international speaker, author, educator, co-host of the podcast Hero Nation, and owner of the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. She is a leader in Positive Education who works with schools and organizations around the world to build safe, inclusive, and strengths-based education settings. Sophia is known for her work in incorporating pop culture and video games in therapy through her numerous publications, Comic-Con panels, media appearances, and play therapy workshops.

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 the Let’s Play Therapy Institute, visit:

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sophia Ansari is the co-founder and owner of Let's Play Therapy Institute. She is a Positive Education Trainer and a Caped Crusaders SEL Curriculum Creator. Sophia Ansari is a published author receives royalties. Sophia Ansari receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organization.
Non-financial: Sophia Ansari is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.
Josué Cardona, MS

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: Josue Cardona is the co-founder of Let's Play Therapy Institute and has an employment relationship with Accenture. Josue Cardona is the founder and president of Geek Therapy and is a freelance consultant. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Josue Cardona is the founder of the Geek Therapy model.


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