Using Board and Card Games Therapeutically

A short course for therapists about using games therapeutically with children

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Board and card games are particularly appealing for children and can be a great way of engaging them in therapy. This course will allow you to learn more about how you can use games therapeutically.

In this short course you will find out:

  • What kind of games are available and how you can use these
  • How board and card games can be used to support the development of emotional regulation
  • Four different therapeutic game activities you can use in your work with children

You will receive:

  • 1.5-2 hours of CPD, including 1 hour of course videos with lots of practical ideas and engaging therapeutic activities, accessible for 6 months from purchase date.
  • A downloadable ebook on using board and card games therapeutically with children.
  • A downloadable workbook that includes the presentation slides and space for reflections.

If you are looking to complete this with a group of five or more colleagues please contact us to arrange a group discount. Please note that logins cannot be shared on the Teachable platform.

Your Instructor

Dr Fiona Zandt and Dr Suzanne Barrett
Dr Fiona Zandt and Dr Suzanne Barrett

Dr Suzanne Barrett and Dr Fiona Zandt are both Clinical Psychologists who work with children, adolescents and families. They have over 40 years combined experience working in a range of settings, including the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, child and adolescent mental health services, and private practice, with children and adolescents with a broad range of psychological problems. Their approach draws heavily on ACT, DBT and CBT, utilising developmentally appropriate playful strategies. They emphasise working with families and have a strong system focus.

Fiona and Suzanne are authors of the Creative Ways to Help Children book series for therapists published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and founders of Creative Child Therapy Workshops. Please visit for information about their books, workshops and free resources for therapists working with children and families.


This short course is for therapists who work with children and families who are looking for new practical ideas and playful therapeutic activities. This includes psychologists, social workers, counsellors, occupational therapists, speech therapists and other mental health clinicians. The course is suitable for both less and more experienced therapists. Therapists who have previously enjoyed our Creative Ways to Help Children Emotions online course or workshop our Playful, Practical and Purposeful Approaches to Childhood Anxiety workshop or online course will enjoy attending this one too.

"Fantastic webinar. Will definitely be taking on those ideas in my work."

"Great webinar - really succinct, informative and very practical. I have several ideas that I can now immediately use with clients."

"Very informative webinar and I can't wait to get trying all of the games and activity ideas."

"Very helpful and practical. Good length of time. Very well organised."

"It was so great to hear such practical ideas and to reevaluate how to include games to be more of a therapeutic approach rather than rapport building and observations.

"Really great! Well paced and very informative."

"It was great, very valuable in my practice."

"Very helpful content and demonstrations."

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to complete the online course?
After enrolling, you have 6 months access to this course - across any and all devices you own (of a personal nature). Once downloaded the ebook and workbook are yours to keep. Please note that enrolments are based on individual participants and not intended to be shared.
Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes, Teachable will automatically generate you a certificate once you have completed all of the lectures. In order to do this you need to click Complete and Continue on each lesson as you move through the course. You must download the certificate before your course expiry.
Where do I access the included course materials?
Under the first video in the course, you will find two standard PDFs that you can download and save or print. These include an ebook and a course workbook (which includes the presentation slides).