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Creating Diversity in the Practice of Play Therapy: More Than Color, More Than Gender

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S™ |  Carmen Jimenez-Pride, LCSW, LISW-CP, ERYT, RCYT, RPT-S™
1 Hour 33 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 11, 2022
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Conventional thinking around culture and diversity often focuses on aspects like skin colour and sexual identity, excluding aspects of formed social, cultural, and diverse groups - faith-based practices, music, the arts, values and belief systems that also deserve critical thought.  Gaining knowledge of the meanings of both culture and diversity will show that culture involves all ways of life and beliefs and is created by groups of varied individuals sharing similar beliefs and community structures.  These community structures encompass the true meaning of culture and the practice of cultural humility.

In this recording, watch Carmen and Marshall as they show you how to build diversity by looking deeper than skin colour and sexual identity within the play therapy setting. They’ll share skills for applying cultural humility to overcome barriers preventing the development of the therapeutic relationship with the child and family based on the therapist's own worldview and level of cultural competence.

Increasing skills around cultural humility allows children and families to deepen their engagement with the therapist which deepens the healing process within the therapeutic setting. And, when you gain knowledge of the importance of practicing cultural humility in the playroom - you assure a level of therapeutic safety for all children and families!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S™'s Profile

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Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S™, lives in the Austin, Texas area and has 20 years of practice in family and play therapy. Drawing on lessons learned from working with attachment trauma in a variety of mental health settings, Marshall regularly teaches on trauma, expressive therapies, relational neuroscience and attachment-informed family work around the globe.

In addition to maintaining a small clinical practice, Marshall also conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals who are pursuing EMDR certification and RPT status, often with a particular focus on the use of sandtray therapy to treat trauma.

Marshall has published in professional journals and magazines in addition to contributing chapters to the books Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment and EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach and co-authoring Advanced Sandtray Therapy: Digging Deeper into Clinical Practice.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Marshall Lyles owns The Workshop. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Marshall Lyles serves on the advisory board for WASTP. He is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association, and the International Family Therapy Association.


  1. Build competency of cultural humility to improve treatment outcomes within the play therapy setting.
  2. Apply cultural humility practices within the playroom to increase engagement with diverse children and families.
  3. Demonstrate skills to overcome cultural barriers and belief systems to improve treatment with diverse children and families.


  • Looking Beyond Skin Color and Sexuality with a Focus on Culture
    • Bringing cultural humility in the play therapy room
    • Role of the clinician within the therapeutic system
  • Shame Shields and Vulnerability
    • Address cultural shame in kids within therapeutic setting
    • Therapist vulnerability parts when working with culturally diverse populations
  • Integrating Culturally Diverse Practices in the Playroom
    • Creating a cultural and diverse responsive playroom
    • Utilizing diverse interventions within the playroom

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Clinicians
  • Play Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • School Counselors
  • Social Workers

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