Georgia Association for Play Therapy - Tucker, Georgia


playnotes from Trudy

Vol. 22 no. 3

March 29, 2017


1...Paris Goodyear brown is a famous presenter and author on play therapy topics. she has signed an agreement to present to the GAPT annual conference in march 2018.


2...The 2018 Conference Will Again Be Held At The Norcross Hilton Hotel.  The Contract Has Been Signed And A Deposit Made To The Hotel.


3...GAPT Is sponsoring a two hour workshop titled Play therapy with the transgender child on April 15.  it will be held at 4893 lavista road in tucker. for reservations, contact Trudy at


4...APT has recently begun a "general discussion digest."  topics currently being discussed include: forensic interviewing, supervision, CRPT training workshop, play therapy with the transgender child, clinical notes, etc.  this resource provides opportunities to share and learn from each other.

5...we wish to tell you that GAMFT has arranged for Eliana gil to present on family therapy at their may 4-7 annual conference to be held at the new Jekyll island conference center. you can obtain the details at their website using this link...


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. 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


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.


Healthy Minds Psychology Associates in Tucker is looking for a play or child therapist who works primarily with children ages 5+. Applicants must be licensed by the state of Georgia as an LPC or LCSW.  Contact LaRonta Upson Rush, Ph.D., licensed Psychologist.  email your CV to her at


Focus Forward Counseling and Consulting is hiring. Contact Brad Heiger at, call at 404-388-3909, or fax at 678-712-1945.


Jennifer Wilmoth LMFT at Grow Counseling is interested in hiring a male therapist who has experience working with children ages 4-teen at the Suwannee location. Email at


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


Dr. Ashley Baker at Pavilion Psychological Services also has openings at 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  Resumes can be emailed to


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 at


Spoken Heart Counseling Center provides high quality personalized psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults.  Qualified applicants will have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  Previous training and experience in play therapy is needed; RPT or RPT/S is preferred.  Please forward resume/cover letter to

    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, contact our treasurer David at 


12...If You Are A GAPT Member, An APT Approved Provider, And The Presenter, You May List Your Coming Workshops On The Future Events Page Of The GAPT Website.


Please Email The Relevant Information To Our Treasurer At  The Relevant Information includes The Following...Date, Topic, Speaker Name, APT Provider Approval Number, And Contact Name. We Also Need Phone Number And/Or, Email Address, And/Or The Link To The Relevant Website.


In Order To Accomplish The Objective, It Is Important That The 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 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."

15...The Red Cross course Titled Foundations Of Disaster Mental Health Is offered periodically the Atlanta red cross headquarters.  for Further information about dates contact Kathy Haworth at 404-575-3182 or via email at    


16The 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, and 10) distance learning.  Both organizations have websites.  For more information about membership, call APT at 559-298-3400.


17...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.

18...aCAIT professional insurance is available to aPT/gAPT members.  for information contact Paul nelson at 800-347-6647, extension 342.

19I 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  

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

20...I want to recommend that you read and share Kids enabled magazine with parents of children with learning differences.  this magazine is no longer published in paper format but is available on the web at You Have A Funny Child Client Story Suitable For printing?  would you be willing to share it with gAPT for use in a future issue of playnotes?  if so, Please send it to us at 4893 lavista road, tucker, Georgia 30084.



               trudy        to see a cartoon of me by annette rasmussen click here







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