Play Therapy with Lotería (Mexican Bingo), June 6, 2021


On-Line: June  6, 2021
Sunday 6/6/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm PST ON-LINE over ZOOM
Limited to 6 participants.
3 CEs  ($25 additional fee for CEs) no fee for APT educational hours
1 15 minute break-will not be counted toward the 3 CEs awarded

Due to Covid 19, APT will approve our online trainings for contact hours until 12/31/2021. 

1 Seats Available.



This workshop will address how Lotería, a traditional cultural game, can be used in play therapy with the Mexican-American/Latinx population as well as with clients of all cultural backgrounds. This workshop will not only discuss the relevance/significance of the game within the Mexican community but will also demonstrate various interventions which can be used during play therapy sessions with children and youth and their families with low to no cost items.

In this training, participants will learn the following:

  • using Lotería in their practices;
  • demonstrating the ability to utilize Lotería as an effective tool in the play therapy process;
  • using  Lotería to discuss a variety of  topics with their clients such as their background, history, family of origin, identities, and beliefs.

Trainer: Cristal Alvarado, LMFT, RPT
Cristal Alvarado is an RPT, and LMFT with an MA in Counseling Psychology and Correctional Emphasis. Cristal currently works with at-risk youth and Hayward families at the Hayward Police Department. Cristal previously worked with First Five in East San Jose and has been practicing play therapy for the last 4 years. Cristal currently provides play therapy trainings to agencies in the San Francisco Bay area. She has the innate ability to establish rapport quickly, build trust and effectively communicate in both English and Spanish.

Questions about the content of the training / Contact: Cristal Alvarado 

Administrative questions: Contact Karen Pernet

Target Audience
This course is designed for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, pre-licensed associates and graduate mental health students.

None….except an interest in expanding your play therapy repertoire


  1. Describe 3 ways the game Lotería holds significance in the Mexican-American community.
  2. Identify and implement at least 4 play therapy interventions adapted for the game Lotería that can be used in different phases of treatment.
  3. Identify the 5 benefits of including Lotería in play therapy sessions with their clients.
  4. Name 2 advantages and 2 limitations of using Lotería with clients from various backgrounds and with different developmental needs.

Course Schedule

  • 10:00 am – Introduction (with experiential activities)
  • 10: 10 am The Latinx Population in Therapy Statistics and Research
  • 10: 20 am – What Makes A Game Therapeutic?
  • 10: 30 am – Lotería Background
  • 11:00 am – Break (does not count towards CEU credit)
  • 11:15 am – 1:15 pm Interventions Using Lotería with experiential activities


To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at

To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email or call 510-923-0520

Course Completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form. Course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Full refund if canceled 45 days before training, minus $25 administrative fee; after that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list.

Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy (Provider #76949) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’S, LCSW’S, LPCC’S AND LEP’S. SICGT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Growth through Play Therapy is an approved provider for the Association for Play Therapy APT 09-241. There is no extra charge for APT CEs. Partial credit cannot be offered. This workshop and presenter have no conflict of interest in presenting this workshop, nor is there any commercial support. Approved by Association for Play Therapy (APT 09-241) NO FEE for APT credits

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Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S

Oakland, CA 94602

I would be glad to hear from you and to share information about my services: psychotherapy, general supervision for pre-licensed therapist, specialized supervision for therapists working becoming  Registered Play Therapists, consultations for experienced therapists and trainings in play therapy and sandtray therapy.