Queer Affirming Therapist Guild

Play Therapy with LGBTQ+ Youth: Caring for the Child, Collaborating with the Parent

  • 29 Sep 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • UMKC Administration & Conference Center, 2nd Floor Plaza Room, 5115 Oak Street, KCMO 64110


Play Therapy with LGBTQ+ Youth: Caring for the Child, Collaborating with the Parent

Friday, September 29th 12:00-2:00pm

Live, in-person

UMKC Administration & Conference Center

5115 Oak Street, KCMO 64110

2nd Floor, Plaza Room

Participants in this workshop will:

  • examine play therapy interventions focused on working with the LGBTQIA+ community
  • explore resources and tools to help parents and guardians navigate the challenges they may face of having an LGBTQIA+ child in a non-affirming world
  • examine risks related to suicide and self-harm within the LGBTQIA+ community and discuss supportive resources to utilize in the playroom

This event will be in-person. Box lunches from UMKC dining services are provided.


Amber Wood (she/her) works at the Heartland Play Therapy Institute. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri since June 2019 and a Registered Play Therapist since December 2019. She attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, obtaining her master’s degree in counseling in 2014. Shortly after obtaining her post-graduate degree, Amber began working in Community Mental Health at Family Guidance in St. Joseph, Missouri where she worked in various positions including Clinical Coordinator to their Children’s Rehabilitation Day Treatment and after school Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program, Clinical Supervisor for Community Support Specialists in Children and Youth Services department, Mental Health Therapist, and Intake Clinician. 

Amber has training in Play Therapy, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Theraplay, Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Amber has specialized training for working with children and adults related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep issues, LGBTQIA+ population, and grief.

In the professional field, Amber has a passion for advocating for children in the foster system, working with individuals struggling with religious trauma, working with adolescents and adults in the LGBTQIA+ Community, and providing a safe environment for all she works with.

In her personal time, Amber enjoys spending time with her sweet dog Frankie, reading, building Lego sets, working out at the gym, and connecting with friends.


Your best bet for parking is the Cherry Street Garage off Oak Street, near 50th Street. There is metered parking on the FIFTH FLOOR and you can pay by app.

The Admin & Conference Center is about a block and a half away. The skywalk from the garage fifth floor will get you headed in the right direction. Here's a map with both locations highlighted.


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