Playnotes From Trudy

4893 LaVista Road, Tucker  30084

December, 2017           Vol. 23 #6

1.  On September 22, 2017, GAPT provided a networking opportunitySeveral play therapists attended.  Conversation and laughter were heard throughout the office.  The catered lunch and Bundt cakes added to the enjoyment.  If you are interested in attending a future networking event, please contact me at TrudyPostSprunk@charter.net 


2.  GAPT has provided 33.75 hours of Play Therapy Continuing Education

since March 2, 2017.  This an example of your board at work for you.  


3.  On March 9, 2018, at the GAPT annual conference, Paris Goodyear Brown will present:

Play Therapy With Traumatized Children

The description of the workshop is as follows:
Learn how to use this playful, components-based, evidence informed treatment with traumatized children and teens.  Paris will share her flexible, sequential model, identifying specific treatment goals with corresponding interventions.  She will differentiate between trauma treatment goals that are best accomplished through non-directive methods and goals that are best served by cognitive-behavioral play therapy interventions, expressive therapy techniques and playful ways to complete trauma narrative work.  Participants will leave with an expanded toolkit of interventions and a revivied sense of excitement about the process.  Come prepared to play!

On March 10, 2018, GAPT has requested that Paris present, Winning The Worry Wars.

Below is the abstract for this workshop:
This workshop will synthesize the current research and literature on treating on treating anxiety disorders into a developmentally sensative play therapy approach.  Fighting our fear can be difficult, especially for children who may need to externalize the fear, who literally need to put a face on it, in order to begin mastering it.  Participants will learn dozens of techniques to help children articulate their worries, interventions that aid in relaxation ans stress management, and strategies for including parents as partners in the process.  Clinicians will learn play-based interventions that help craft "boss back" talk and counter cognitive distortions.  Playful tools for designing and tracking gradual exposures will also be covered.  Specific play therapy techniques will be augented by detailed case examples, video clips, slides of children's completed therapeutic creations and experiential learning. 

As before, this GAPT annual conference will be held at the Norcross Hilton.

Registration forms will be available on line in late January,  2018.

4.  GAPT membership has grown by 2.9%

from April 1 to September 30 of 2017.  Thank you to those who promote membership in APT and GAPT. 


5.  The most recent data from APT indicated that 55.2%of GAPT’s membership is “credentialed” as Registered Play Therapist or Registered Play Therapist Supervisors.


6.  We suggest that you check the Future Events page on our website periodically

so you can monitor new upcoming Play Therapy workshops and events as they are added.

7.  Be sure to follow GAPT on Facebook.  

Our Vice President, Beth Palumbo, has established and is maintaining the page.  If you have any ideas or questions about it you can contact Beth at: BethPalumbo.LCSW@hotmail.com


8.  Job Postings Currently Available

Again, we suggest that you check this section of our website periodically as we make updates about positions that are available or are expected to be available soon.


  • New Directions Counseling Center is in search of a licensed mental health professional to join their group practice.  Interested candidates need to email a vitae, three references, and a letter of interest to ndcc@ndccatlanta.com
  • Play Wellness LLC in Roswell, GA is hiring a licensed professional who is interested in joining their practice on a contractual basis.  To apply for this opportunity, candidates need to email a letter of interest, CV, and four references to info@playwellness.net
  • Creative Family Counseling, LLC is looking to hire an experienced fully licensed therapist (LPC, LCSW or LMFT) specializing in working with children and adolescents.  The office is located in Flowery Branch, GA near Braselton and Buford. If you are interested, please forward your cover letter and resume to Rebecca Muyres, LPC at Rebecca@creative-family-counseling.com​​
  • Jennifer Wilmoth LMFT at Grow Counseling is interested in hiring a therapist who has experience working with children ages 4-teen at the Suwannee location.  Email at jwilmoth@growcounseling.com
  • Crissy Himelstein, MA, LPC, CPCS, RPT at Sunshine Child & Family Counseling is interesting in hiring someone who preferably has some play therapy experience.  It will be a 1099 contract position with pay between $42-70 per client.
  • Metro Atlanta Therapist has openings which are noted on their website at www.matn.org/private-openings
  • Dr. Ashley Baker at Pavilion Psychological Services also has openings at www.pavilionpsych.com She currently is interested in hiring a play therapist who is licensed.  She has a fully stocked and newly renovated play room. Her practice is located in Cumming.  If interested, call her at 770-668-4248.
  • Behavioral Management Group, LLC is seeking a newly- licensed mental health professional who has some experience assessing and treating children and adolescents and their families.  To learn more about this opportunity, call Dr. Melonie Bell-Hill at 770-686-3908 or email drhill@bmgroupllc.com  Resumes can be emailed to help@bmgroupllc.com
  • Thrive Counseling Center in Kennesaw is currently looking for fully and associate-level licensed professionals who are interested in joining their practice on a contractual basis.  interested persons should call or email a resume and cover letter to Olivia Scott, Community Outreach Coordinator; 678-217-7529 Extension 25 or email to Olivia@ThriveCounselingCenter.com 

9.  Thanks to our Committee Chairs for their ongoing dedication to GAPT.  They are as follows:

  • Community Outreach Chair: Catherine Meiburg
  • Job Posting Chair: Yolanda Fountain
  • IT/Website Chair: Brent Sweitzer
  • Membership Chair: Shannon Eller
  • Conference Co-Chairs: Trudy Post Sprunk and Cindy Oliver

With regard to committee work, GAPT follows APT'S policy of deleting from committees those members who do not participate and/or are non-responsive to committee chairs.

10.  Interested in a List Serve?

Check on the APT website.  You will need your APT password information.


11.  Are you on our E-MAIL database? 

If you are unsure, or if your email address has changed, please contact Patrick Connors at: Patrick621@mac.com


12.  If you are a GAPT member, an APT approved provider, and the presenter, you may list your upcoming workshop on the Future Events page of the GAPT website.

Please Email the relevant information to Patrick Connors at Patrick621@mac.com

Relevant information includes the following:  Date, topic, speaker name, APT provider approval number, and contact name.  We also need a phone number, and/or email address, and/or link to your website.

It is important that all information be received at least one month before the date of the event.


13.  GAPT continues to be listed on the national provider directory for the autism community. 

To see the list click here.  We also continue to be listed on the Georgia learning resource service list. www.glrs.org 

You may earn non-contact credit by completing tests based upon the books and audio programs in APT'S e-learning center (you can listen to the latter free.)  These programs are not intended to compete with programs offered by approved providers and only feature niche topics hard to find elsewhere.  Although you may prefer to attend workshops in-person, explore the center and know your "distance learning options."

14.  The Red Cross Course Titled

Foundations Of Disaster Mental Health

Is offered periodically at the Atlanta Red Cross headquarters.

For further information about dates contact Kathy Haworth at 404-575-3182 or via email at khaworth@arcatl.org    


15.  The Association for Play Therapy (APT) invites you to join them and us as a member. 

APT promotes the value of play, play therapy, and the credentialing of play therapists.   Your APT/GAPT membership offers

  1. the play therapy magazine
  2. international journal
  3. membership directory
  4. conferences
  5. professional credentialing
  6. bookstore
  7. professional insurance
  8. research grants
  9. research awards
  10. distance learning. 

Both organizations have websites.  For more information about membership, call APT at 559-298-3400.


16.  Outreach Activities

One of GAPT'S ongoing Outreach Activities to our community continues to be the opportunity to visit the Play Therapy room of Trudy Post Sprunk and/or watch Play Therapy videos.  She has a substantial library of Play Therapy videos from which to choose.  You may schedule by contacting her at 770-491-7423.  The location of GAPT'S headquarters Is 4893 Lavista Road In Tucker.  There is no charge.


17.  ACAIT professional insurance is available to APT/AAPT members. 

For information contact Paul Nelson at 800-347-6647, extension 342.


18.  I want everyone to be aware that APT has a brochure which can be used to promote play therapy. 

It is titled Why Play Therapy? This full-color brochure introduces play therapy to the general public and other mental health professionals. It includes photos and research citations and we have given them extensively at outreaches where we promote play therapy. GAPT has a supply and will provide you with a sample copy at your request. Email your request to me at TrudyPostSprunk@charter.net

Copies in quantity can be ordered  by calling APT at 559-298-3400.  In addition, the brochure is also available in Spanish.



Trudy 

TrudyPostSprunk@charter.net