Presentations and Trainings...

Play Therapy "Fun"damentals! Adults can play too!

One of my favorite things to do is present and train about play and expressive therapies- including Sandtray and now Nature Play Therapy!  I present foundational play therapy trainings for TNAPT locally, but I can also tailor a program for agencies or specific locations and can go on the road as requested to bring play therapy training to you!

For 2021 trainings are continuing on a virtual basis at this time.  In January I held a Getting Started in Sandtray virtual training, and also presented at the Inaugural Conference of the World Assoc. for Sand Therapy Professionals.   

In February I presented both the Getting Stated in Play Therapy as well as Creativity and Expressive Arts in Play Therapy During Challenging Times for TNAPT. 

In March I was a featured therapist on a webinar by Liana Lowenstein on Tele-Play, and presented  on Nature Play Therapy over Tele-health. 

I presented a Nature Play Therapy training on  Earth Day (April 22) as part of the LA Expressive Therapies Summit.   And then I  presented on Arbor Day (April 30) for the Canadian Assoc for Play Therapy- again on Nature Play Therapy!   I presented a briefer version  for Arizona APT in June! This Nature Play is taking off! We all just want to go outside and play- it is fun and so good for us! 

In June I presented virtually for the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Conference on Puppet Play!  I adore puppets and it is a joy to share this projective modality with others. I am teaming up with Elizabeth Hartwig to present about Puppet Play Therapy at the APT conference in Oct. 


Last year  in 2020 I was able to hold a training on 2020 Vision Boards and then presented for Agape in Feb on Nature Play Therapy, and for Vanderbilt School Counselors on Sand Therapy Basics. Things changed quite a bit in March 2020 due to the pandemic, so since then all of my presentations have been in a virtual format. This year in 2020 I have presented to Australia and also co-preeented with Texas play therapist Lisa Remey on "Play Therapy in a Box: Ho Less is More" to therapists all over the world! I then did a series of virtual webinars over the summer for NASW-TN. In the summer I also was part of a virtual series on Nature Play Therapy. In August I did the pre-conference for TNAPT. This fall I  presented for the TN Conf on Social Welfare on Nature Deficit Disorder and then for the Connecting for Children's Justice Conference in October on Play Therapy During a Pandemic. More recenlty I did a presentation for the California Assoc for Play Therapy on Creative Play Therapy  During Challenging Times. I then presented  in Dec. as part of the Play therapy Mini Master Class Series by Wonders Counseling on adapting Natrue Play Therapy for telehealth. This was recorded and can soon be purchased on Core Wellness. 

I was very excited and honored to be present in England in June 2019 on "Play Therapy with Children of Divorce" as part of Dr. Charles Schaefer's International Play Therapy Study Group at Wroxton.  Meeting and collaborating with play therapists from around the world was one of the most fulfilling things I have ever experienced.

So many great trainings ahead!  Please let me know if you are interested in having me come train at your agency or in your area! I am getting asked more and more about trainings in sandtray therapy.  I have a travel collection of images and sandtrays where I can train up to 25 at one time, where all participants are doing actual experiential work in the sand as you learn.  I have found the best way to learn about sandtray therapy is to actually experience the sand, so this is a large part of the training I provide. Sandtray therapy can be a very large part of play therapy, but cal also be adapted for group and family therapy as well- as it's not just for kids! 



Sandtray Training in Murfreesboro TN in July 2018.

Being creative in play therapy with a group at Centerstone in Tullahoma in 2018.

Children's Justince Conference Oct 2018. Helpers of children are Superheroes!

I was part of Dr. Schaefer's 2019 International Play Therapy Study Group at Wroxton (Oxfordshire, England).

Current Presentations Include (but not limited to):

- Being Creative in Clinical Practice (Play Therapy, Social Work, etc.)  (1.0 - 3.0 hours)

- Creative Interventions in Play Therapy and Expressive Arts as Part of Trauma-Informed Practice (3.0 - 6.0 hours)

- Creative Interventions and Expressive Arts in Play Therapy and Supervision (3.0 - 6.0 hours)

- Expressive Arts in Play Therapy and Therapist Self-Care (1.0 - 6.0 hours)

- Ethics of Self-Care for Social Workers and Therapists (3.0 hours) 

- Getting Started in Play Therapy (6.0 hours)

- Getting Started in Sandtray in Play Therapy (6.0 hours)

- Instilling Hope as a Helper (Keynote address- 1.0 hour)

- Nature as Healing Practice (2.0 - 3.0 hours) 

- NaturePlay: The Dynamic Duo of Nature and Play Therapy (3.0 - 6.0 hours)

- Nature Play Therapy: A Double Dose of Healing for Children, Teens and Families (2.0 - 6.0 hours) 

- Play Therapy Fundamentals (3.0  - 6.0 hours)

- Play Therapy In a Box: How Less is More! (2.0 hours with co-presenter Lisa Remey, LPC, RPT-S)

- Play Therapy Interventions to Build Resiliency for Children of Divorce (3.0 hours)

- Play Therapy! Sounds Cool! What Is It? (1.0 hours for undergrad students) 

- Puppets in Play Therapy (2.0 - 4.0 hours) 

- Sandtray Basic for Individual, Family and Play Therapy (6.0 hours)

- Understanding and Navigating Legal and Ethical Issues for Child/Play/Family Therapists Involved in Court   (3.0 Ethics hours with co-presenter Kelly Stephens, LPC, RPT-S)

- Vision Boards in Play Therapy and Supervision (3.0 - 6.0 hours)

- When Words Fail, Play Speaks: Why Play Therapy Works (1.0 - 3.0 hours)


And Brand New!

I am excited to annouce I am now guiding Therapist Self-Care Retreats in Gatlinburg, TN! The first one will be on Nov 19 - 21, 2021! We need these types of nourishing and healing experiences more than ever- as we cannot give what we do not have. Future retreats can be adapted for teachers, caregivers, parents and more. Just email me!



Labyrinth walking and forest bathing will be part of our Self-Care retreat experience.

The best way to learn and practice about self-care while surrounded with beautiful nature!