THIS BLOG OFFERS SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES OF DR. NANCY RIEDEL BOWERS THAT INCLUDE CLINICAL AND SUPERVISION PRACTICE, ACADEMIC TEACHING, CLINICAL WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS FOR THE Canadian Association of Play Therapy AND the American Association for Play Therapy, PAST WORKSHOPS, AWARDS AND CURRENT RESEARCH. Currently her private practice is OPEN for new referrals re. EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY as well as for play therapy externships.Examples of past trainings and publications:

ANNOUNCING NEW CHAPTER on "Systems Theory" by Nancy Riedel Bowers and Anna Bowers in 6th Ed. Social Work Interlocking Theories, Frank Turner (Ed.), 2017: contact Nancy at Faculty of Social Work ( for a pdf copy of this chapter

(Oise workshop of June 3rd, 2016 completed) Announcing: This workshop may be repeated again in 2018  - PLEASE KEEP POSTED FOR UPDATES!

Incorporating Play-Based Strategies in Assessment, Intervention, and Consultation

OISE / University of Toronto at 252 Bloor St. W., Toronto
Friday, June 3, 2016 
 Room 5-280            Time    9:30 Waiting list spots only 
Presented By: Nancy Riedel Bowers, R.S.W, Ph.D. & Anna Bowers, M.A.

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The use of play in the professional activities of school and clinical psychologists can be an integral part of forming an accurate depiction of a child’s functioning. This workshop highlights strategies and techniques for using play to understand and address child mental health issues in schools and clinical settings. It will aim to provide clinicians with ideas for using play within assessment, intervention, and consultation contexts to uncover and address the strengths and needs of children. There will be an opportunity participate in play activities such as sandtray, expressive arts based genogram and ecomapping work, puppet-based CBT and creative feeling chart implementation.

Dr. Riedel Bowers maintains a private practice in child and play therapy while holding positions at the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. A researcher and international workshop presenter, Dr. Riedel Bowers studies the psychotherapeutic process particularly in the area of child and play therapy and is editor of Play Therapy with Families: A Collaborative Approach to Healing (2013).

Anna Bowers is a PhD student in School & Clinical Child Psychology at OISE. She completed her MA at the University of British Columbia in School Psychology and was an intern at the York Region District School Board where she conducted psychological assessments and play-based interventions with children.

  • CO-AUTHORSHIP with W. Woo of Hong Kong and Anna Bowers (PhD student, U of T, Toronto)  re. 'tools for therapy with autistic children' and related training in Hong Kong in 2016-7
  • NASP WORKSHOP ON "PLAY-BASED STRATEGIES IN ASSESSMENT, INTERVENTION AND CONSULTATION", co-presenter with Anna Bowers (MA in School Psychology, PhD student in Clinical Psychology- Oise, Univ. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada) at the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA, USA- February 13, 2016: 10am- noon
  • APPOINTMENTS- 5 year Standing Appointment, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University , Ontario, Canada(2015-2017)
  • CACPT TRAINING- Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapists for upcoming Certification Programs in Toronto for 2016 as well as continuing education workshops and
  • CACPT- 'Playground', Fall, 2014 article written by J. Kelp re. the Research work of Nancy Riedel Bowers (p. 18)..........
  • Research Study and manuscript submission with W. Yeung, "Play around the world: a new description"- completed with manuscript submission accepted for the Journal of Psychology Research (2016-17)

WORKSHOPS, COURSES in child and play therapy and PLAY THERAPY TRAININGS for the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy (CANADA) and the American Association for Play Therapy (UNITED STATES- Continuing Education Provider) can be designed by request.  By popular demand ONE to FIVE day workshops/trainings can be set up (offering the 'models' of play therapy with clinical application/experiential work) for locations nationally and internationally.

Ongoing and for 2017/18 academic year. Faculty of Social Work, WLU, Kitchener Campus- Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals-Thursdays, Fall, 2017), TBA: Expressive Arts Based Groupwork for Children and Adolescents, Winter, 2018 (Tuesdays, 4:30 to 7:15pm)

CAPT Certification Program:6 Week Certification= July and August, Toronto, 2018 (Telus Building, details to be announced). Contact for details.

Samples of Trainings in Process/Completed:

=> (completed) Workshop on "Play Therapy" for the early years on April 4, 2014 in Brantford: "Creative Tools for Preschoolers", Dr. Nancy Riedel Bowers, RSW, PhD and  Frank Ripplinger, ECE. Nancy's new book, "Play Therapy with Families: A Collaborative Approach to Healing" were available for sale at the conference. For conference brochure and registration:

 =>CAPT yearly training/6 Week (3 Levels) Certification Programs:
COMPLETED.....Toronto: JULY, 2014-7- Level 1- 'PLAY THERAPY THEORY, PROCESS AND HISTORY'contact  see

COMPLETED.... OCTOBER, 2013- Winnipeg, Manitoba (Level 1- completed); 

=>APT International Conference: Palm Springs California- Annual Conference of the American Association for Play Therapy: Oct. 12, 2013...'Play Therapy Research Around the World (completed)


2010: Receipt of the National Award of Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy, Monica Herbert Award
2012:  Receipt of Award from Minister John Milloy for 30 years volunteer experience with the Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers 
2013: WLU Teaching Award for Years of Service (68 courses taught)

Yearly Group for BEREAVED FAMILIES OF ONTARIO- WATERLOO REGION: "Healing Little Hearts", 6 week healing group for young children 3-6 years old and their caretakers who have suffered the loss of a loved one (6 sessions in April and May). Nancy Riedel Bowers along with other professionals leads these 2 side-by-side groups each spring.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT (WLU ETHICS BOARD APPROVED): Completed Focus Groups- Marrakesh, Morrocco (May, 2010), Singapore and Hong Kong (April, 2011), Canada/US (2014) =research for completion and publication in the International Journal of Play Therapy in 2015


  • Workshops on Play and Child Therapy- ONE DAY (History and Models), TWO DAY (History, Models and Experiential Work), ONE WEEK (History, Models, Experience and Case Consultation)
  • As Nancy Riedel Bowers is an Approved Continuing Education Provider and Supervisor with the American Play Therapy Association, trainings are made to suit the individuals or group seeking registration


PLAY THERAPY WORKSHOPS previously offered through Wilfrid Laurier University:

October, 2012- Filial Play Therapy Workshop at 6 Nations, Ontario (5 hour)

Nov. 28 and 29, 2012- An Introduction to Play Therapy (2 day)

Jan. 18, 2013- Play Therapy and the School Setting (1 day)

March 6, 2013- Play Therapy and Childhood Trauma (1 day)

HOSTED: Sir Richard Bowlby (London, UK), son of John Bowlby (author of Attachment Theory)- Presentation on 'New Discussions about Attachment Theory: Implications for Fatherhood and Day-Care'

Date: September 21, 2011 SOLD OUT
Location: Kitchener (Faculty of Social Work-WLU: 11:45 am to 1:15 with Lunch provided)
and Waterloo (Maureen Forrester Hall-WLU: 7:30 to 9:30 with Reception to follow lecture)
Date: September 22, 2011
Location: Toronto Campus (WLU- 130 King St. West, Toronto) SOLD OUT

  • Examples of Recent Research Trainings and Extensive Workshops: 
  •  1/2 day in Tarrytown, New York
  •  1/2 research workshop in Marrakesh, Morocco
  •  2 day training on Play Therapy on Akwesasne Reserve, Cornwall, Ontario; 2 days at the Mental Health Unit, Hospital Network, London, Ontario; 4 days at Western Health, Cornerbrook, Newfoundland 

Supervision for the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy and the American Assn of Play Therapy is available in GROUP  and INDIVIDUAL formats (onsite in location of choice and as requested in Kitchener and Toronto.... by telephone, email and SKYPE). For rates and special arrangements please contact Nancy at 519/570-0355 or via website contact: