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The KSAPT Nominations Committee would like to announce the following nominees for the upcoming 2022 Board Elections:

            Kylee Gross, LCMFT, RPT

         Amy Meek, LCMFT, RPT-S

         Samantha Smith, LSCSW, RPT

         Elizabeth Wine, LSCSW, RPT

Elections will take place during the annual meeting in April. More details on casting your vote will be announced soon!

KSAPT Board Members

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Bridget Dixon, LSCSW, RPT-S
Board President
president@ksa4pt.org

Bridget is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and founder of Monarch Play Therapy.  She is a graduate of The University of Kansas and is currently an adjunct instructor for The School of Social Welfare at KU. Over the past 17 years, Bridget has worked in various public service contexts, including child welfare, community mental health, substance abuse, behavior consultation and early childhood mental health. She currently serves as the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant at Head Start of Lawrence, providing professional development and mental health consultation services on site.  Passionate about play therapy and teaching, Bridget also is an instructor for Heartland Play Therapy Institute. 

 

Bridget has been trained in various therapy modalities including EMDR, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Theraplay®, Sand Tray Therapy and Non-Directive Play Therapy.  She is passionate about LGBTQIA issues, attachment and recovering from trauma

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Erika Walker, LSCSW, RPT
Advisor

advisor@ksa4pt.org

Erika Walker a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Newman University in 2013 and her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies from The University of Kansas in 2006.

 

Erika provide's psychotherapy to families and individuals, specializing in the areas of developmental delays, Autism, trauma, abuse (physical, emotional, and sexual), grief and loss, depression, anxiety and play therapy for ages 2 and up.

 

Within her work, Erika utilizes EMDR®, Child Centered Play Therapy, Faith Based Counseling and AutPlay Therapy®.  Erika strives to offer clients the utmost quality of care. Erika works with toddlers, children, teens, adults, elderly, and families through a combination of respect, knowledge and compassion to promote personal growth and development. Whether a client is struggling with trauma related symptoms, anxiety, depression, a developmental delay, social deficiencies, family relational problems, attention difficulties, or any number of other struggles, it is Erika's goal to guide the client and/or the client’s family through individualized goals to improve their quality of life. There seems to come a point in each of our lives where we need guidance and someone with whom to talk. Erika has chosen to be that ‘someone’ that will assist her clients on their path to a fulfilling and mentally healthy future.

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Katrina Jones, M.S. LCMFT, RPT
Membership
membership@ksa4pt.org

Katrina Jones is a Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist. Katrina received her undergraduate degree from Bethel College in Social Work in 2001 and then later pursued her master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, graduating in 2013. She obtained her play therapy training through KC Play, Inc. and earned her RPT in 2016. Katrina also has specialized training in treating trauma, including EMDR.

 

Katrina is the founder and owner of Hope for Healing, LLC in Beloit, Kansas. Her private practice is located in rural, North Central Kansas and she provides therapy for all ages from early childhood through the elderly. Katrina volunteers on her county’s MDT team and serves as a frequent referral source for the local Child Advocacy Center. She also serves on the Mitchell County Early Childhood steering committee and the local Health Department’s Advisory Board.

 

Katrina is a new member of the KSAPT board and is excited to be a voice for rural mental health practitioners and play therapists! She is a proponent for ensuring competency and hopes to find ways to increase access to play therapy training across the state. Katrina is also an advocate of the importance of self-care for clinicians and would love to explore ways to decrease compassion fatigue and burn-out in the field.

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Lindsay Sanner, LSCSW, RPT
Secretary
secretary@ksa4pt.org
Kristine Page, LCPC, RPT
Conference Chair
conference@ksa4pt.org

Kristine is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and trained in EMDR. Kristine is in private practice in Olathe, KS where she works with adults, adolescents and children who have experienced trauma, grief, anxiety and depression. Kristine also provides individual and group services to children and adults through PACES at Sunflower House. 

 

Kristine obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Rockhurst University in 2010, her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in 2012 and her Play Therapy Certification in 2013. 

 

Kristine is passionate about working with individuals who are looking to process their past chapters to be able to turn the page into their next. She feels honored and privileged to be along on this journey with her clients. 

 

Kristine is honored and excited to have the wonderful opportunity to be serving on the Kansas APT Board. She is looking forward to increasing awareness of the importance of play therapy and how it is utilized to help individuals heal.

Ragan Snyder-Smith, LSCSW, RPT-S
President-elect
president-elect@ksa4pt.org

Ragan graduated from Wichita State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Social Work. She also has a Master's degree in Education. She is a  Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor in Wichita, Ks.

                            

Ragan has worked in addictions, foster care and adoptions, private practice, medical social work and psychiatric social work. Currently, Ragan works as a behavior specialist in a public school and practices play therapy in the school setting. Ragan founded and co-owns a play therapy training business, Ad Astra Play Therapy. She has presented to the Texas Play Therapy Association and the Australian Play Therapy Association. Ragan is passionate about school mental health, play therapy and social justice. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, all things geeky, traveling, playing D&D, nature, mindfulness, reading, running, yoga & healthy living.

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Brittany Talley, LPC, RPT
Treasurer
treasurer@ksa4pt.org
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Lindsay is a licensed specialist clinical social worker and registered play therapist in Andover, KS. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 2010 and is the founder and owner of Andover Family Counseling. Lindsay’s passion is working with children who have experienced trauma, those who are struggling with behaviors in school, and children who are experiencing anxiety or depression. Lindsay also enjoys providing supervision to social workers who are working towards their clinical licensure.

               

Prior to starting Andover Family Counseling, Lindsay’s experience includes running an after-school program in downtown Kansas City; social work in the child welfare system; working in a low-income senior citizens’ home; and providing therapy at a community mental health center.

               

Lindsay is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Kansas APT Board. Lindsay is looking forward to meeting more play therapists in Kansas along with bringing more awareness to other professionals and caregivers about the importance and power of Play Therapy.

Brittany is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. She earned her Master's in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 2013, and her Play Therapy Certification from Mid-America Nazarene University in 2016. Brittany has received additional training in the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Family Systems Trauma (FST). She also has a Brain Story Certification and loves to help young people understand themselves better by teaching them about their awesome brains!
 

Brittany believes that PLAY is for everyone and loves incorporating play therapy techniques into her sessions with clients of all ages. She specializes in children, adolescents and young adults who have experienced or witnessed interpersonal violence (sexual assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence). She is also an enthusiastic advocate for children/adolescents of color in their explorations of race, privilege, representation, and identity, and frequently works with children of color who live in environments in which they are the minority. With her experience as a sexual assault advocate for children of all ages, she is passionate about teaching healthy boundaries and bodily autonomy as well as preparing adolescents for the overwhelming freedom that is college life.

 

Currently, Brittany serves as the Coordinator for Trauma Sensitive and Resilient Schools for Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools. She also has a small private practice, Rise Counseling and Consulting, in Mission, KS. Brittany is excited to be a part of KSAPT because she has seen the power of play in her work with clients, and hopes to educate even more families about how play can heal. 

Mission Focus

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The mission of The Kansas Association for Play Therapy is to promote, encourage, and educate others in the use of Play Therapy techniques to effectively treat mental health issues in people of all ages. The board holds the responsibility to facilitate and carry out this mission and to provide the members with the best opportunities to fulfill the objectives of this mission. We want to create and maintain a positive, encouraging and competent professional community for the members to enhance awareness, education, and sustainability of Play Therapy as a viable mental health modality to help children, families, and adults.

 

Any feedback is welcomed. Please email president@ksa4pt.org with ideas on ways to practice our mission statement and any improvements that the board can make to best serve the members.

KSAPT

Kansas Association for Play Therapy @ 2021

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Kansas Assoc. for Play Therapy

PO Box 446

Valley Center, KS 67147

Branches exhibiting superior performance are annually
presented Gold Branch Awards and are identified by the
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