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: