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Superheroes and Video Games: Creating Epic Adventures in Child & Adolescent Therapy

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Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT™ |  Josué Cardona, MS
1 Hour 46 Minutes
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May 12, 2022
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Video games can transport us to worlds beyond our imagination. A board game can send us on an epic adventure and fulfilling side quests, while the origin stories found within a comic book can offer a powerful analogy to frame our own experiences. Integrating a client’s interests in play therapy can nurture rapport building, encourage creativity, and can provide a safe distance to process emotions and gain perspective.  Geek Therapy is an affinity-based model of therapeutic intervention and communication based on the theory that the best way to understand each other, and ourselves, is through the media we care about. This recording will define and explore the Geek Therapy model created by Josué Cardona and provide case studies with directive and non-directive play therapy interventions presented by Registered Play Therapist Sophia Ansari, to bridge theory with practice. Geeking out is highly encouraged!


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.


This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.



Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT™'s Profile

Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT™ Related seminars and products

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 and 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's Profile

Josué Cardona, MS Related seminars and products

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.


  1. Apply the three components of the Geek Therapy model to improve case conceptualization.
  2. Integrate client interests and affinities in play therapy to encourage rapport building, social connection, and exploration.
  3. Practice play therapy interventions using the Geek Therapy mindset and explore related resources in your play therapy practice to improve clinical outcomes.


  • Incorporate your Client’s Interests
    • Video games, comic books, anime, and MORE into therapy
  • Therapeutic Power of Storytelling
    • Help clients discover they are the heroes of their own stories
  • Explore the Dynamic and Engaging World of Video Games
  • Minecraft and other Video Games are the New Virtual Sandtray

Target Audience

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


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