Sue Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S is Professor Emeritus, University of North Texas, and Director Emeritus, UNT Center for Play Therapy with 30 years of experience as a practitioner and researcher. Sue is nationally and internationally known speaker and author with over 90 publications and 300 professional presentations in the areas of play therapy and child and family counseling with a specific focus on CCPT and CPRT. She is co-author of Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), the CPRT Treatment Manual, and CPRT in Action, a demonstration video illustrating CPRT with adoptive families, as well as three additional contemporary edited texts. Her research agenda focuses on examining the effectiveness of play therapy, CPRT, and school-based counseling services for young children and their families. Sue is a Past President of the Association for Play Therapy (APT), recipient of the 2016 APT Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007 APT Outstanding Research Award, the 2011 Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor Award, the 2013 ACA Best Practice Award, the 2013 AHC Humanistic Educator/ Supervisor Award, the 2014 ACA Extended Research Award, and several UNT teaching, research and service awards. She is an active social advocate for children at the local, national, and international level, particularly underserved children who have experienced traumatic experiences. Her career-long passion and record of service is focused on making the world a place in which all children can receive the help and nurturing they need to reach their personal potential and lead productive and fulfilling lives.
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has specialized in providing play therapy to children, teens, and their families. She is currently the Director of Child & Adolescents at Wasatch Family Therapy. Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings on Attachment Centered Play Therapy and Trauma nationally and internationally as well as appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues. Ms. Mellenthin is a sought-after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. She is the Past-President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy and remains an active member on the Board of Directors. She is the author of Attachment Centered Play Therapy (2019); Play Therapy: Engaging & Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders; My Many Colors of Me Workbook, and has authored several chapters.
Kevin O’Connor, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S is a Clinical Psychologist. He is a Distinguished Professor, Coordinator of the Ecosystemic Clinical Child Psychology Emphasis, and Director of the Ecosystemic Play Therapy Training Center at Alliant International University - Fresno. He is the cofounder and a Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy. He is the author of numerous books including The Play Therapy Primer, 2nd Edition, the co-author of Play Therapy Treatment Planning and Interventions, 2nd Edition, and the co-editor Play Therapy Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition. He regularly presents workshops across the United States and abroad having presented in Canada, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Finally, Dr. O’Connor is a Board Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist and Fellow of the American Psychological Association who maintains a small private practice treating children and adults.
Kara Carnes-Holt, PhD, LPC, RPT-S is an associate professor in the counseling program at the University of Wyoming. She is a professional counselor, a registered play therapist, and approved play therapy supervisor (RPT-S). She is also the founder and director of the Rocky Mountain Center of Play Therapy Studies at the University of Wyoming. Kara has special interests in utilizing humanistic play therapy, CPRT, and expressive arts interventions as they utilize the therapeutic relationship as the primary and foundational agent of change for children, adolescents, and their families. She has a personal and professional passion for supporting adoptive and foster families. In 2011, Kara received the outstanding Humanistic Dissertation award and the 2015 ACA best practice award for her research with adoptive families. Kara’s research on the effectiveness of CPRT with adoptive families was recently cited as one of the most effective clinical interventions for working with foster and adopted children. Most importantly, Kara enjoys living out on the mountain with Eric, her energetic kiddos surrounded by a host of wildlife and pets!
Brandy Schumann, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT/CPRT Certified Supervisor is a Clinical Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University sharing her experiences over nearly two decades working with children and their families as a crisis counselor, agency counselor, school counselor, and as a private practitioner. She was the Assistant Director for the Center for Play Therapy and is a supervisor for the Intensive Play Therapy Institute, both at UNT. She presents and advises internationally for Charlies Darwin University of Australia, Play Therapy Infinity Association of Hong Kong, Australia’s Pacific Play Therapy Association, and the Korean Play Therapy Association. She brings awareness to the field of play therapy via research and publications. Dr. Schumann services the field through her private practice where she offers both RPT face to face and distance supervision domestically and internationally. She is also a Past President for the Texas Association for Play Therapy. Her most relevant play therapy experience comes from mothering 3 ah-mazing children.