Supervising at the Intersections: Culturally Responsive Play Therapy Supervision

Intersectionality refers to the multidimensionality and interdependence of intersecting identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, gender identity, and ability status, which together create distinctive modes of power and discrimination (Collins & Bilge, 2016). Supervision is a culturally centered triadic relationship in which the intersecting identities of the supervisor, supervisee and the client interact, and inform both the supervisory and therapeutic process. This is particularly salient when the supervisee or the client holds one or more marginalized identities. While the instructional and evaluative components of supervision are essential to the supervisee’s clinical development (Bernard & Goodyear, 2014), so too are the relational elements, particularly the supervisee’s perceived sense of safety and trust in the supervisory relationship (Wong, Wong & Ishiyama, 2013). In addition to facilitating play therapy skill development, culturally responsive play therapy supervision incorporates culturally-attuned interventions, acknowledging the cultural dimensions of each member of the supervision triad and their potential influence on the quality of the supervisory relationship and therapeutic outcomes. In this workshop, participants will explore their dimensions of diversity and the impact of intersecting identities on the supervision relationship and the play therapy process.


  1. Participants will identify the key components of intersectionality theory and the socio-emotional impact of policies and institutional practices on supervisees and clients with marginalized identities
  2. Participants will explore their cultural dimensions and the potential impact of their salient identities on the supervisory relationship and therapeutic progress
  3. Participants will identify specific strategies for engaging in culturally responsive supervision


  • Paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Cup or other small container
  • Decorative beads


You will receive 3 total non-contact CE hours. These hours also count for supervision non-contact hours.

Webinar Registration Policy: For all Fall Multicultural Webinar Series webinars, registration is final and refund will not be processed. However, you may give or sell your registration to another participant, if the original registrant notifies CPT of any registration transfers to a new attendee. CPT reserves the right to cancel this conference in the event of unforeseen circumstances. If such occurs, CPT will attempt to notify registrants prior to the conference and refund all registration, workshop, and continuing education fees. In all instances, the liability of CPT is limited to refunding such fees.


Dr. Natalya Lindo plays in the sand with a child at the UNT Center for Play Therapy.Natalya Lindo, Ph.D., LPC, Certified CCPT-S, Certified CPRT-S, is an Associate Professor and Department Chair at the University of North Texas with fifteen years of experience as a researcher and clinician with specialized training in working with children and families, diverse and at-risk populations. Dr. Lindo’s primary research areas are School-based Play Therapy, Child Parent Relationship Therapy, Teacher Child Relationship Building and Career Development across the lifespan. Consistent with this research agenda, Dr. Lindo regularly conducts action-research projects in the public schools related to Child Parent Relationship Therapy and Teacher Child Relationship Building. Most recently Dr. Lindo developed the Child and Adolescent Career Construction Interview aimed at improving self-concept, occupational identity and career adaptability. With a focus on capacity building, Dr. Lindo collaborates with administrators and school counselors to develop school-wide mental health initiatives targeting children who are at risk for school failure.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm