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)