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Play Therapy with the Game Lotería

Date:  To Be Determined

Time: To Be Determined

Location: To Be Determined


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Training Description:

This workshop will address how a traditional cultural game, Lotería, can be used in play therapy with the Mexican-American/Latinx population as well as at-risk youth, youth and families in the welfare/probation system, and 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 to be used during play therapy with individuals and their families. This workshop will cover the helpfulness of including this game in the play therapy office as well as how this game and its interventions can be used with low to no cost items. This workshop is relevant to working with youth and families involved in the welfare/probation system as the game includes imagery and themes relevant to this population. In addition, this training cover how the game can be adapted in ways that allow this population to express common themes and background information.


About the Trainer:

Cristal Alvarado is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with an MA in Counseling Psychology and Correctional Emphasis. She 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 since 2017. Cristal provides play therapy trainings centered on culture to agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.


**All instructors and staff declare that they have no known conflicts of interest.*


Educational Goals: 

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to: 

  • use the traditional cultural game Lotería in their practices.  

  • demonstrate the ability to use Lotería for the purposes of moving the therapeutic process forward. 

  • use Lotería in order to discuss various topics with their clients in regards to their background, history, family of origin, identities, and beliefs. 



  • Describe 3 ways the game Loteria holds significance in the Mexican-American community.

  • Identify and implement at least 4 play therapy interventions adapted for the game Loteria that can be used in different phases of treatment.

  • Identify 5 benefits of including Loteria in play therapy sessions with their clients.

  • Discuss the 2 advantages and 2 limitations of using Lotería with clients from various backgrounds and with different developmental needs.


Target Audience:

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



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Course Completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form and passing of a post-test. Course meets the qualifications for 3 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 $50 administrative fee; after that date there will be no refund unless space is filled from the waiting list. Participants may cancel via If a course must be cancelled, the course participants are notified via email no later than one week in advance. In the event that an instructor has an emergency and must cancel a course with less than a week notice, participants will me notified immediately via email and include information regarding a rescheduled date.




Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit, for LMFTs, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Cristal Alvarado is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #10003384) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT's, LCSW;s, LPCC;s, and LEP's. Cristal Alvarado maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.



Part I Intro / Background (09:00 am – 10:30 am)


The Latinx Population in Therapy 

  • Statistics and Research

  • Research is lacking and behind

  • Lotería can be used to fill the gap

What Makes A Game Therapeutic?

  • Relationship Building

  • Games lower clients' defenses.

  • Increases awareness, talking, and processing.

  • Adaptable

Lotería Background

  • History

  • How to play / Where to buy

  • Significance in Mexican community

  • Resurgence

  • Caveat / Language

10:30 am - BREAK - 15 minutes (not eligible for CEU credit) 

Part 2 – Interventions / Experiential Component (10:45 pm – 12:15 pm)

Interventions using the game 

  • Teleplay

  • Building Rapport

  • Gathering information

  • In Conjunction with Assessment Tools

  • Play Genogram

  • Check-Ins

  • Make A Story

  • Design Your Own

  • Dichos / Refranes

  • References / Contact

Play Therapy with the Game Lotería

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