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 especially  Nature Play Therapy.  I have often presented 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!

I have been grateful that 2022 brought a return to in-person trainings. So far this year I have presented in Columbus, Ohio; Lake Moher, Vermont; and Arlington, VA; as well as here in Middle Tennessee. Later this summer I will be presenting in Memphis and this fall I get to present in KY. I am also continuing to provide virtual trainings upon request as well. 






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 that last fall I began guiding Therapist Self-Care Retreats. My first one was held in Gatlinburg, TN! 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 was part of our Self-Care retreat experience.

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

Let's experience the healing power of nature for self-care at my next retreat!