Speakers

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Jeffrey Ashby
Jeffrey Ashby, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University.  He is the training director of Georgia State’s American Psychological Association accredited Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program, a licensed psychologist, a registered play therapist-supervisor, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Jeff is the director of the Georgia State University Play Therapy Training Institute and the co-director of the Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience. Based in Atlanta, he is the author of over 90 professional journal articles and book chapters, and presents regularly at the Association of Play Therapy, American Psychological Association, and American Counseling Association conferences.

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Matthew Bernier
Matthew Bernier, MCAT, ATR-BC, a board certified art therapist, puppeteer, and associate professor in the graduate art therapy & counseling program at Eastern Virginia Medical School, is a recipient of the McPharlin Award for Excellence in Puppetry in Education and Therapy. Co-editor of Puppetry in Education and Therapy, Matthew serves on the Puppeteers of America Puppetry in Education and Therapy Committee and is a corresponding member of the UNIMA Commission on Education, Development and Therapy. He has taught therapeutic puppetry in the US and abroad.
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Daniel Blausey
Daniel Blausey, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, founder of Studio Blue: Art + Psychotherapy, serves on the Board of the AATA. For over 20 years he has worked with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual victimization, HIV/AIDS, and the LGBTQ community. Daniel designed, implemented, and directed several mental health programs in NYC, including The Door and Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He has facilitated workshops on sexual trauma. Daniel is co-authoring a book with Yasmine Awais entitled Foundations of Art Therapy Supervision.
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Dawn Burau
Dawn Burau ATR, LMHC, SpEd, received her master’s in mental health counseling and expressive therapies from Lesley University.  A therapeutic teacher at the Community Therapeutic Day School in Lexington, MA, she worked with children with neurological, behavioral, emotional and learning disabilities, developing curriculum, teaching, and leading group and individual psychotherapy.  Dawn is currently faculty at Lesley University in the Graduate School of Expressive Therapy. She has given numerous presentations at local and national conferences on topics related to the use of arts in school settings and applying neuropsychological assessments for effective intervention. Along with Daniel Reinstein, she published Integrating Neuropsychological and Psychological Evaluations: Assessing and Helping the Whole Child. They are currently writing their second book, Applying the Results of Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessments: A Manual for Teachers and Specialists.
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Jodi Cobb
Jodi Cobb, PhD, LCMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Virginia. She also practices as a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland, where she has a private practice. Jodi holds graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy, school psychology, and autism spectrum disorders. She has over 25 years of clinical experience, and has facilitated workshops for families throughout the United States, Canada, and in South Africa. Jodi has received training in Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®), a family-based intervention for ASD, Theraplay®, and play therapy. She is also a Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator.
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Barry Cohen
Barry M. Cohen, MA, ATR-BC, developed the Diagnostic Drawing Series (DDS), a standardized art assessment in use internationally since 1982. Author/co-author of articles and chapters, he co-authored/co-edited three books, including Telling Without Talking: Art as a Window into the World of Multiple Personality, and Managing Traumatic Stress through Art. Barry created and chaired the Eastern Regional Conference on Trauma and Dissociation (1989–1996), the largest international conference of its type at that time. Executive director of Expressive Media since 2008, he founded the Expressive Therapies Summit in 2010 and co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute in 2013.
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Kim Cosgrove
Kim Cosgrove, LCSW-C, is the director of PACT’s Therapeutic Nurseries for Homeless Babies, and has been instrumental in developing an attachment-based therapeutic child care program for very young homeless children and their families.  She is a home visitor, family therapist, and nationally known trainer in attachment and infant mental health.
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Janet Courtney
Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S, is founder of FirstPlay Therapy® and Director of Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies, Inc. Boynton Beach, FL. She is an adjunct professor at Barry University, Miami Shore, FL, a TEDx Speaker, a StoryPlay® Facilitator, and former president of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. Janet is author and co-editor of Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy ethics committee and serves as chair of the Viola Brody Award committee. Janet specializes in the clinical and ethical competencies of touch, infant mental health/infant play therapy, attachment in trauma treatment, and ecopsychology play therapy. She offers a certification to practitioners in FirstPlay® Infant Massage Storytelling and Kinesthetic Storytelling®.
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David A. Crenshaw

David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, is the clinical director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie and an adjunct faculty member of Marist College. He is past president of the NY Association for Play Therapy, past president of the Hudson Valley Psychological Association, a board-certified clinical psychologist, and a fellow of APA. David is the author/editor of many books on play therapy, child trauma, and aggression in children, including: Play Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice (with Anne Stewart) and co-author with Eliana Gil of Termination Challenges in Child Psychotherapy.

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Andrea Driggs McLeod
Andrea Driggs McLeod, LCSW, RPT-S, is a full-time psychotherapist at Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Fairfax, VA. She earned her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Andrea is certified as a Child-Centered Play Therapist through the National Institute for Relationship Enhancement and is a registered play therapist-supervisor. Ms. McLeod has training in Theraplay, filial therapy, and has also completed extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy. She works with very young children, elementary school aged children, and teenagers.
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Katerina Evans
Katerina Evans, ATR, LCPC, is a creative therapist and art therapy student supervisor in private practice. She earned her degree from George Washington University and specializes in trauma with adults and adolescents. Katerina is a SoulCollage® facilitator, and she enjoys leading groups and workshops with a strong arts and mindfulness component. She was the director of a non-profit art and gallery program for adults with mental illness prior to starting private practice.
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Eliana Gil

Eliana Gil, PhD, ATR, RPT-S, LMFT, is a registered play therapist-supervisor, a registered art therapist, and a licensed marriage, family, child counselor. She is former president of the Association for Play Therapy and has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment for over 40 years. Founder and partner at Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, a group private practice in Fairfax, VA, Eliana was adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech University for over 15 years. Bilingual and bicultural, originally from Ecuador, she has authored numerous books on play therapy and treating abused children.

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Myriam Goldin
Myriam Goldin, LCSW, RPT-S, has been in private practice since 2007, and is a founding partner of Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Fairfax, VA. She has spent over 15 years working clinically with bilingual and bicultural children and youth experiencing trauma and educational challenges. Myriam is well versed on attachment-based modalities and incorporates Theraplay and Circle of Security in her clinical practice. She has presented on trauma and its impact in national and international forums. Myriam has contributed writing to two books on play therapy. Originally from Argentina, she has lived in the United States for over 30 years.
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Rosalind Heiko
Rosalind Heiko, PhD, ISST, CST-T, NCSP, is a psychologist and sandplay teacher who trains therapists internationally. Founder of NC Sandplay Training, and a past board member of the Sandplay Therapists of America, she is the director of pediatric & family psychology in Cary, North Carolina. Roz has worked with children, adolescents, and families since 1983. An approved teaching consultant in clinical hypnosis from ASCH, and Level II certified in EMDR, she also holds national certification in school psychology. Roz authored a chapter in Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment, and her writing has been included in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.
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Flossie Ierardi
Flossie Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC, Director of Music Therapy Programs at Drexel University, is a music therapist and free-lance percussionist. She has used music therapy improvisation in clinical and community settings throughout her career as a music therapist. Flossie has presented frequently at music therapy and music education conferences regarding the use of rhythmic activities and drumming events with various populations. She teaches clinical musical improvisation at Drexel University and facilitated experiential workshops and continuing education courses on the topic of safety in the therapeutic environment.
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Jason Jedrusiak
Jason Jedrusiak, CYT, has been leading laughter yoga sessions in the Boston area since 2010, which he founded through his training in yoga, improv, and therapeutic clowning. He’s spread the laughter to local organizations and institutions, including Harvard University and NUPath, where he's laughed with people living with developmental and neurological disorders. Jason directs Laughing Matters, a nonprofit that brings laughter and improv comedy to retirement homes, homeless shelters, and places in need of the healing effects of laughter.
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Xanthia Johnson
Xanthia Johnson, LPC, LCPC, RPT-S, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and registered play therapist-supervisor. In her private practice, Urban Playology LLC,  located in DuPont Circle, she has served the most trauma-resilient and culturally diverse children in Washington, DC, as well unique family constellations, for over a decade. Xanthia's work has earned numerous recognitions and awards for its social justice compass. She enjoys exploring race, class, and gender in play therapy and clinical supervision. She is on the faculty of the Graduate Counseling Program at Trinity University, her alma mater, and a media consultant. Xanthia is African-American, 'northernly' born with deep southern roots.
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Peggy Kolodny

Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT, has a master's in art therapy from George Washington University, and Level 2 Certificates in both EMDR and IFS. Specializing in trauma in private practice, she is adjunct faculty for the University of MD School of Social Work and provides workshops at the Institute of Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education. Past positions include vice president of the MD Chapter of American Professional Society on Abuse of Children; chairperson of the Central MD Sexual Abuse Treatment Task Force; and president of the MD Art Therapy Association. Past faculty positions include Goucher College and MD Institute, College of Art.

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Terry Kottman
Terry Kottman, PhD, NCC, RPT-S, LMHC, founded The Encouragement Zone, where she provides play therapy training and supervision, life coaching, counseling, and “playshops” for women. She developed Adlerian play therapy, an approach to working with children, families, and adults that combines the ideas and techniques of Individual Psychology and play therapy. Terry presents workshops regularly, and is the author of Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond, co-author (with Kristin Meany-Walen) of Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy, and several other books. She has written many journal articles and book chapters on play therapy, metaphors, school counseling, Adlerian therapy, counseling with children and families, and perfectionism. In 2014, Terry won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Play Therapy. 
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Jennie Kristel
Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, APTT, RMT, is an expressive therapist in private practice in Burlington, VT. She is an adjunct professor, registered Reiki master, and an accredited playback theatre trainer. Jennie has been a VSAVT instructor since 2007, teaching playback theatre and art to adults with disabilities. She has also worked in SE Asia since 2003 teaching expressive arts therapy and playback theatre. Jennie recently co-authored and co-edited Using Art Therapy with Diverse Populations: Crossing Cultures and Abilities.
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Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna
Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, PsyD, RPT-S, is a licensed child psychologist, registered play therapist-supervisor, and adjunct faculty at several universities, where she teaches and serves as a supervisor. She is a certified TF-CBT therapist, and is completing EMDR certification. Jennifer has over 15 years' experience with trauma, attachment, and neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also a Reiki Master and a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor.
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Anne Meore
Anne Meore, LMSW, HTR, is a licensed master social worker and registered horticultural therapist. She earned a certificate in horticultural therapy from the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and a certificate in permaculture design-OSU. Anne holds a BA in psychology/elementary education from Bethany College; an MA in School guidance counseling from NYU; and an MSW from Fordham University. She is the garden projects coordinator at Bon Secours Charity Health System; an instructor at NYBG’s Edible Academy, faculty member in NYBG’s HT Certificate Program, and adjunct faculty member at Manhattanville College. Anne is owner of Planthropy, LLC, and serves as VP of the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network.
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Anne Mills

Anne Mills, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT, is director of the Diagnostic Drawing Series Archive, and owner of Art Therapy Services in Washington, DC. In private practice for over 25 years, her specializations include the treatment of survivors of severe early trauma who are highly dissociative. Anne provides resiliency-focused treatment for adolescents and adults who have experienced difficult transitions such as illness, bereavement, and loss of culture (refugees, international students). She was art therapy director at GWU, and has published articles and chapters on assessment and trauma treatment.

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Dawn Morningstar
Dawn Morningstar, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC, is an assistant clinical professor and resident faculty member of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University. She is a licensed professional counselor and board certified dance movement therapist with a specialty in working with children and adolescents in clinical, community and residential treatment programs. Dawn was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Creative Arts Therapy Program at Philadelphia Family Court.
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Carole Norris-Shortle

Carole Norris-Shortle, LCSW-C, RPT-S, is a faculty member of the Center for Infant Study at the University of Maryland Psychiatry Department, the Senior Mental Health Consultant at PACT Therapeutic Nursery for Homeless Babies and their Families,  a licensed family therapist, and a registered play therapist-supervisor.

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Dee Preston-Dillon
Dee Preston-Dillon, MA, PhD, founder of the Center for Culture and Sandplay, has committed four decades to clinician education and the projective process of sand therapy. Her research into cross-cultural, indigenous aspects of Jungian Sandplay anchored her development of Narrative Sand Therapy©.  She has presented at over 40 national and international conferences on symbols in sand including theory, ethics, and clinical practice. In collaboration with College Park Youth Services, Dee designed a certificate program in sand therapy that supports clinician immersion in sand scenes and case exploration to deepen insights and extend therapists’ capacity to resonate with client representations in sand. She is on the graduate counseling faculty at the George Washington and Johns Hopkins Universities, the art therapy program at GWU, and the Ferentz Institute.
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Michele Rattigan
Michele Rattigan MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC, is a graduate of the Drexel Art Therapy Program and has been practicing art therapy for two decades. She assists people struggling with life transitions, loss, general mental health concerns, depression & anxiety, stress, and other specialized areas. Michele is a faculty member of Drexel University’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies and is the creative arts therapies clinical coordinator at the University's Parkway Health and Wellness Clinic.
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Daniel Reinstein
Daniel Reinstein, PhD, completed his doctorate in psychology and neurosciences at Binghamton University in 1980. He was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT’s Center for Brain Research from 1980-1986, and completed a Harvard fellowship in clinical neuropsychology in 2003. Daniel has worked at The Community Therapeutic Day School for the past 33 years, and is currently the clinical director and director of research there. He has been conducting neuropsychological evaluations for the last thirteen years, and is the author of two books, including Integrating Neuropsychological and Psychological Evaluations: Assessing and Helping the Whole Child, co-authored with Dawn Burau. Daniel and Dawn are currently at work on their second book, Applying the Results of Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessments: A Manual for Teachers and Specialists.
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Scott Riviere
Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S, is a licensed professional counselor, and one of the first registered play therapist-supervisors in Louisiana. He is the Director of K.I.D.Z., Inc., Louisiana's first play therapy institute, where his practice is focused exclusively on working with children, adolescents, and their families. With over 25 years in practice, Scott has worked in a variety of clinical settings. He has served on several committees for the Association for Play Therapy and is currently serving on its Board of Directors. Scott has created several therapeutic products for mental health professionals, and is a published author and frequent guest on various media outlets. He has also produced a series of online parent training videos titled Positive Parenting.
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Ken Schwartzenberger
Ken Schwartzenberger, LCSW, RPT-S, EPT-D, is an instructor in the play therapy certification program at the University of California San Diego. Ken has taught and lectured at the University of Southern California and California State University Long Beach. He has 40 years of experience as a clinician and clinical supervisor in diverse settings including a play therapy private practice; outpatient mental health clinics and county social services; school-based mental health programs; therapeutic foster care; and forensic adolescent residential treatment centers. Ken has provided play therapy training and supervision for staff at county mental health departments, community based mental health agencies, foster family agencies, schools, and domestic violence centers. He has written articles on play therapy and has presented at numerous state and national play therapy and mental health conferences.
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Jennifer Shaw
Jennifer Shaw, PsyD, provides treatment to children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems as well as those with symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjustment, and histories of abuse at the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education in Fairfax, VA. Co-creator of the assessment manual, Problem Sexual Behavior Assessment for Children, and the 12-session treatment guide, Boundary Project: A Family-based, Evidence-informed Treatment Approach for Children with Problem Sexual Behaviors. Her latest collaborations with Dr. Gil include A Book for Kids About Private Parts, Touching, Touching Problems, and Other Stuff, and the clinical text, Working with Children with Sexual Behavior Problems.
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Quinn Smelser
Quinn K. Smelser, MA, NCC, LPC, RPT, is a psychotherapist at the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Fairfax, VA and is under the supervision of Dr. Eliana Gil, LMFT, RPT-S as Quinn transfers her licensure from Texas. Quinn is a third-year doctoral student in Counseling at The George Washington University where she is also a lecturer and supervisor of graduate students. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from Texas State University where she also completed all coursework for credentialing as an RPT under Dr. Linda Homeyer and Dr. Mary Morrison Bennett. Quinn has training in child-centered play therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, Theraplay, and has also completed extensive training in attachment theory and psychobiology of trauma. She works with children age 3-12 and adolescents and their families.
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Cherie Spehar
Cherie Spehar, CTC-S, RPT-S, LCSW, is a registered play therapist-supervisor, certified trauma consultant-supervisor, and journal therapist. She is founder/director of Smiling Spirit Pathways-The Apex Center for Trauma Healing, a trauma-informed play/expressive therapy practice in Apex, NC. Cherie is the author of many articles and chapters and speaks on trauma, play therapy, and journal therapy at conferences nationwide. She is formerly executive director of the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Raleigh, and training developer with the NCSU social work department.
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Sharon Strouse
Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, is an author, teacher, facilitator, speaker, and survivor. Collage-making in response to trauma became a template for Sharon's work with others after experiencing a personal traumatic loss. She is a grief/bereavement specialist and workshop presenter for The Compassionate Friends, The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, and The Association for Death Education and Counseling. Sharon is a board member on the Johns Hopkins Medicine's department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. She is the author of Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing.
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Susan Taylor
Susan Taylor, CMA, LCSW-C, implements mindfulness and movement approaches in trauma-informed, body-based and talk therapies at PACT’s Therapeutic Nursery and The Women’s Growth Center in Baltimore. She has taught parent-child attunement, attachment, and education using multiple modalities across a wide variety of populations and settings. A certified movement analyst, Susan has taught clients and clinicians, actors and elders, families and scholars, individuals, dyads, and groups across the nation using music, movement, rhythm, and humor. With specialized expertise in LGBTQ issues and undoing racism, Susan has published on subjects including parent-child attachment, mindfulness, use of movement with adolescents.
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Tammi Van Hollander
Tammi Van Hollander, RPT, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist. She is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy in Ardmore, PA. Tammi is an international speaker and play advocate. Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy have been published and internationally recognized. Tammi specializes in sand tray play therapy, sensory integration and attachment, working with children, families, and adults of all ages.
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