American Mental Health Foundation to Conduct First Two Interactive Webinars in Its 90-year History, Offering CEU Certification

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Eric Green, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, Certified School Counselor, will present .

Dr. Eric J. Green and The American Mental Health Foundation invite you to participate in two interactive Webinars:

September 5, 2014,”Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with Adults: Toward Self-healing and Renewal”

Provides the overview, research support, and step-by-step protocol for mental-health clinicians to begin the process of successfully and competently integrating various disciplines of the expressive arts, including play-based interventions, with adult clients and adult supervises in clinical practice.

The rationale of utilizing expressive arts and play therapy with adults has been demonstrated in the research to increase self-expression, decrease anxiety, and increase positive feelings of self-worth, including improved communication in significant social relationships.

Some of the play therapy-based interventions adapted for adults and demonstrated in this Webinar may include (a) interior dialoguing through play therapy-based picture journaling (b) practicing difficult dialogues through role plays and/or puppet shows; (c) creating individualized art work/and or painting on a canvas; (d) coloring mandalas; (e) music therapy; (f) creating sand pictures via sand-play; and (g) engagement with nature through outdoor dance/movement/physical activities. The Webinar will conclude with clinical implications for self-healing and renewal.

Learning Objectives
After the Webinar, participants will be able to….

(1) List two research-supported benefits for incorporating expressive arts and play therapy with adults in clinical work
(2) Identify two expressive art/play-based interventions to use with adults
(3) Discuss one implication for self-healing and one implication for renewal derived from the use of expressive arts and play therapy with adults

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November 6, 2014, 3 PM to 5 PM EST, “Disaster Mental Health with Children and Families: Playing in Peril”

Disaster mental health does not involve long-term psychotherapy with children. Instead, it includes the brief execution of Psych First Aid and a phase-based model of care to assist survivors with safety and stabilization in the immediate to intermediate aftermath of any disaster.

This focus is to prepare mental-health practitioners who may be deployed to work with child-and-family survivors following a natural or human-made disaster.

The presentation specifically addresses integrating the principles of the play-therapy relationship and play-based interventions within the disaster mental-health matrix.

Integration of play-therapy-based interventions in disaster mental health includes developmentally sensitive approaches that may lower the risks of negative effects associated with trauma from exposure to a natural disaster. They may also increase a traumatized child’s access to and use of protective processes and mechanisms.

Dr. Green draws upon his extensive clinical work in successfully integrating play therapy with children following disasters over the past ten years. (This includes Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and 2006; the deadly tornadoes in Moore, OK, in 2013; Storm Sandy in 2012; and the mass school-shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 as well as Newtown-Sandy Hook, Connecticut).

Learning Objectives
After the Webinar, participants will be able to…

(1) Identify the disaster mental health model that integrates play-based interventions with children
(2) Provide one play-based technique that may facilitate safety and stabilization with children following a disaster
(3) Provide one play-based technique that may facilitate children accessing their protective processes following a disaster
(4) List two attributes of the play therapy relationship that can be transferred in disaster mental health to increase children’s posttraumatic recovery

Each Webinar awards 2 CEU certified by APT, NASW, NBCC (November 6 only)

$35 each or $65 for both Webinars. Sign up by July 31 for the special rate of $30 each or $60 for both

Eric Green (, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, is Associate Professor of Counseling at the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas), where he teaches graduate courses in play therapy and is the director of the university’s community counseling clinic. The clinic provides free and low-cost mental-health services (historically a goal of The American Mental Health Foundation as well), including play therapy, to children and families in the south Dallas community. Before he joined UNT Dallas in fall 2010, Dr. Green was a full-time faculty member and coordinated the Play Therapy Graduate Certificate Program at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He maintains a part-time summer teaching schedule at JHU’s Baltimore (Homewood) campus and coordinates the annual JHU Play Therapy Institute.

Dr. Green is a frequently invited keynote speaker at various Association for Play Therapy (APT) state branch conferences across the U.S. and now internationally, where he trains participants in Jungian play therapy, the therapeutic use of coloring mandalas in child psychotherapy, sandplay; and children’s play analysis and interpretation. Some of this recent keynote addresses included the Canada Association for Child and Parent Therapy’s Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (2013); the Australian Pacific Play Therapy Association’s Annual Conference in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (2013); and the British Columbia Play Therapy Association’s Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2014).

Dr. Green has published more than fifty professional papers, including two books, book chapters in various projects, national peer-reviewed journal articles, and professional magazine submissions on play therapy and creative counseling interventions for children and adolescents.

Dr. Green has provided disaster mental-health to children and their families in several recent crises. His team’s work was chronicled in the hour-long CNN cable television news documentary, Children of the Storm. He recently served a three-year term on the editorial board for the International Journal of Play Therapy; he’s a graduate of the APT Leadership Academy (2007); and he is a past recipient (2006) of one of the national awards conferred annually by APT, Play Therapy Promotion and Education. In 2013, Dr. Green received the “Anti-Oppression Award” from the Counselors for Social Justice at the American Counseling Association’s Annual Convention for his sustained efforts in advocacy for child trauma survivors. He is the co-editor of Integrating Expressive Arts in Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents (John Wiley), as well as the summer-2014 book The Handbook of Jungian Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents (Johns Hopkins University Press). Dr. Green also has published two educational DVDs, in 2013 and 2014 respectively, Jungian Play Therapy and Sandplay with Children and Adolescents and Expressive Arts: Creative Counseling Interventions with Children and Adolescents (Alexander Street Press).

Sign up for September 5 here!

For more information, Email Evander (subject line: “Attendee Web Code PT 1”) and visit PayPal. All major credit cards accepted. Can also mail check with “Attendee Web Code PT 1” in the Subject Line to:

American Mental Health Foundation
attn: E Lomke
Box 3
Riverdale NY 10471-0003

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