TAGGS 2022 – APT Continuing Education Co-sponsorship Information

Let’s Play Therapy Institute, LLC is an APT (Association for Play Therapy) Approved Provider 20-609. Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. The Association for Play Therapy (APT) alone holds the right to accept or deny any continuing education training at its discretion.

Workshops for APT CEs:

These programs have each been approved for 1.5 NON-CONTACT APT CE Hours.

It is the responsibility of each professional to check with their state or national licensing board to obtain continuing education credit for this seminar. Most state and national licensing boards will approve continuing education courses which cover clinical topics, practice management skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, and stress management. It is your responsibility as the license/certificate holder to be aware of and abide by the continuing education rules and guidelines set forth by your licensing board.

Obtaining a CE Certificate:

Participants will be required to complete an evaluation and post-test immediately upon conclusion of the workshop to receive credit for non-contact APT hours. The CE certificate is awarded to those who attend the entire workshop.

Grievance Policy:

TAGGS seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to:

Josué Cardona,  info@taggsummit.org. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.


Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact:

Josué Cardona, info@taggsummit.org.

Speaker Disclosures:

All presenters have provided disclosures of financial relationships (including relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations) and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the speakers had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners. For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography in activity advertising.

Scope of Practice Statement:

Materials that are included in these courses may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession’s standards.

Target Audience:

Graduate level mental health students & licensed mental health practitioners. These workshops are beginner level courses. These workshops are appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. 

Training Refund Policy:

For information about TAGGS refund policy, contact:

Josué Cardona, info@taggsummit.org.


Please refer to the schedule of all panels at: https://2022.taggsummit.org/

Ethical Self Care for the Geek / Play Therapist

Maria Laquerre-Diego, LMFT, RPT-S


Program Description:

We have all stepped up for our communities and our clients during this unprecedented and stressful time, and we invite you to join us for an important discussion of ethical self-care! We promise this conversation is not all bubble baths and yoga – we are going to refer to our ethical standards and utilize playful interventions to create realistic steps to prevent burnout and emotional fatigue. So much has changed in our communities, our society, and our field in the past 2 years – your boundaries surrounding your clinical practice may need to be adjusted to better support you in this highly charged environment.


  1. Identify three examples of ethical self-care according to the ethical guidelines of their licensing board and the APT Best Practices guide.
  • Identify four examples of signs of stress and burnout from their play therapy practice.
  • Develop a self-care plan, utilizing the ethical guidelines and core competencies for each area of the play therapist’s self-care plan from the core competencies from their license and/or the Association for Play Therapy.

About the Presenter:

A self-described geek, Maria Laquerre-Diego is a CEO and Owner who is committed to increasing access to mental health services and breaking down the stigma surrounding therapy services. As a therapist turned CEO, Maria has developed a unique perspective when it comes to mental health and the barriers surrounding mental health treatment. Influenced by her time at New Mexico State University in the Family and Consumer Science department, and University of New Hampshire’s Marriage and Family Therapy department, Maria has turned her dedication to giving back and supporting future generations of therapists. In addition to supporting mental health providers, Maria takes an active role in addressing the continued stigma of mental health services through the use of pop culture – everything from movies and television shows to superheroes and Disney characters. Maria has spoken about mental health at several local events, has served as an officer on professional boards and has provided training to clinicians all over the country while maintaining her and her family’s roots as Aggies! Outside of the office, Maria can be found spending time with her family and loved ones, exploring the world through travel, and creating cosplays for herself, her husband and their two little ones. Maria is always happy to talk about Star Wars, Marvel and mental health and can be contacted through her practice website www.anewhopetc.org

Financial: Maria Laquerre-Diego is the owner of A New Hope Therapy Center.  

Non-financial: Maria Laquerre-Diego is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

Using the Hero’s Journey in Play Therapy & Clinical Supervision

Ragan Snyder-Smith, LSCSW, RPT-S


Program Description:

Come review the Hero’s Journey and how you can use this in supervision with play therapists and clinical supervisees. By using experiential activities, PowerPoint, case scenarios and videos, you will walk away with creative supervision activities you can implement immediately!


  1. Discuss the role and responsibility of the clinical supervisor in play therapy.

  2. Assess Joseph’s Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and how it pertains to the supervision process.

  3. Describe 2 creative approaches in play therapy supervision using the Hero’s Journey metaphor.

About the Presenter:

Hi! I’m Ragan (she/her)! I am a coffee-loving bibliophile who enjoys board games, D&D, all things geek, unicorns, renaissance festivals, spending time with my family and friends, traveling and watching cheesy B-movies. I appreciate the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds, cultural experiences, and orientations. I celebrate body and weight positivity, geekiness, and radical acceptance with anyone whose lifestyle or interests are outside of the mainstream.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wichita State University. I also have a Master’s in Education from Newman University. I have had specialized training related to trauma, LGBTQIA+ population and affirmative therapy, somatic interventions, anxiety disorders, parts work, geek/nerd mental health interventions, neurobiology, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (List is not exhaustive). I am working towards my certification to become a Certified Sex Therapist through AASECT. This includes extensive training in sexuality, gender and alternative lifestyles.  I have my Trauma-Focused CBT Certification and I have received EMDR Training through an EMDRIA approved provider and am working towards becoming a Certified EMDR Therapist through the Maiberger Institute. I am also working towards my 200 RYT through The Yoga Alliance. Additionally, I have a post-graduate credential as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor from the Association for Play Therapy. I also provide training for mental health clinicians and supervision for those seeking licensure as a LSCSW in the state of Kansas and nationally as a Registered Play Therapist.

I have worked in substance abuse, adoptions/foster care, private practice, school social work, as a behavior specialist for children with special needs, and have taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at community colleges and universities. I am a member of the Association for Play Therapy, National Association for Social Workers, World Association of Sandtray Professionals and World Professional Association of Transgender Health.

Financial: Ragan Snyder-Smith is the owner of Ad Astra Play Therapy, LLC.

Non-financial: Ragan Snyder-Smith is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

Tiny Tales and Epic Adventures: The Therapeutic Powers of Play and Micro RPGs

Brian Quinones, EdD, LPC, RPT-S


Program Description:

How do we keep our therapeutic tabletop roleplaying game sessions within an hour? This training will talk about the therapeutic uses for Micro Roleplaying Games and RPG Poems within play therapy, how it helps to develop behavioral change, social relationships, communication, emotional wellness, and personal strengths in general and how to relate them to the powers of play specifically.


  1. Describe at least 3 therapeutic powers of play that can be used in therapeutic roleplay gameplay.
  • Identify at least 2 play therapy theoretical approaches that lend themselves well to tabletop roleplaying games.
  • Identify at least two types of play styles appropriate for therapeutic gameplay.

About the Presenter:

Brian Carl Quinones, EdD, is a licensed professional counselor who received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology and Argosy University. He uses an integrative gameplay approach to help individuals find healthier ways to think, feel, and behave in their daily life. Outside of the office, Brian is an advisory board member for the Unpub network.  He is currently working on the tabletop RPG Venture Village with 9th Level games. Also, he supervises the use of roleplaying games as a therapeutic tool for other professionals.  Dr. Quinones cares about the communities he helps and continues to take additional pieces of training to aid in personal and professional growth. In addition to practicing at Gaming Approaches Towards Education, LLC, he continues to work on his psychology license, specializes in Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Mindfulness, Trauma and is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and certified Autplay practitioner.

Financial: Brian Quinones has an employment relationship with Gaming Approaches Towards Education, LLC.

Non-financial: Brian Quinones is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.

Permission to Play: Utilizing Dungeons & Dragons in Play Therapy

Erika Walker, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT


Program Description:

Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is more than just a game people play to escape from reality. It can help shape and change the way we live our lives. Through the experiences our characters have, we can choose to incorporate those into our lives or not. It is also a way for individuals and families to experience situations and learn in non-threatening ways with no real-world consequences. Not only will individuals get to experience new ways of thinking, but they will also be able to expand on the play therapy skills they already know, as well as practice skills they might not be proficient with quite yet.


1. Apply a D&D session to the play therapy theory from which you practice.

2. List 3 to 4 skills individuals can work on while using D&D in play therapy sessions.

3. Create a character during one or more play therapy sessions with your client.

4. Describe to parents why D&D is a useful modality within play therapy sessions.

About the Presenter:

Erika Walker is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (licensed in both Kansas and Missouri), as well as a Registered Play Therapist. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from The University of Kansas in 2006 and master’s degree in Social Work from Newman University in 2013. Erika received her play therapy training from KC Play in 2015, and then obtained her Registered Play Therapist credential in 2016.

She provides psychotherapy to families and individuals. Erika specializes in the areas of developmental delays, Autism, grief and loss, attachment, and play therapy for ages 0 to 8, and 18 and up. Within her work, Erika utilizes Brainspotting, EMDR®, directive and non-directive play therapy, and AutPlay Therapy®. She also utilizes Theraplay® techniques.

As a certified Therapeutic Game Master, Erika utilizes Dungeons and Dragons in therapy to work on treatment goals. She has presented at Planet Comicon in Kansas City, as well as for the Kansas Association for Play Therapy on ways to utilize Dungeons and Dragons in Play Therapy, beginning in 2020.

Erika strives to offer her clients the utmost quality of care. She works with toddlers, children, adults, the elderly, and families through a combination of respect, knowledge, and compassion to promote personal growth and development. Whether a client is struggling with social deficiencies, family relational problems, attention difficulties, or other challenges, it is her goal to guide the client and/or the client’s family through individualized goals to improve their quality of life. There seems to be a point in each of our lives where we need guidance and someone with whom to talk. She has chosen to be that “someone” that will assist her clients on their path to a fulfilling and mentally healthy future.

Financial: Erika Walker has no relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Non-financial: Erika Walker has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.