Meet the Speakers

Monday, June 21, 2021
Creative Interventions for Anxiety Disorders - AM presentation
The Playful Parent: Engaging Parents in Play Therapy - PM presentation
Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S

Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and one of the first Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors in Louisiana. He is the Director of K.I.D.Z., Inc., Louisiana's first Play Therapy Institute, where his practice is limited exclusively to children and adolescents and their families. During his 25+ years of practice, he has worked in various clinical settings and has extensive training in the field of Play Therapy. He has served on various committees for the Association for Play Therapy and is currently serving on the Board of Directors. He has created several therapeutic products for mental health professionals and is a published author and frequent guest on various media outlets. Mr. Riviere has also produced a series of parent training videos titled “Positive Parenting”.  

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Trauma and Sand-Based Play Therapy
Marshall Lyles, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, has almost 20 years of practice in family and play therapy. Drawing on lessons learned from working with attachment trauma in a variety of mental health settings, Marshall regularly teaches on trauma, expressive therapies, and attachment-informed family work around the globe. In addition to maintaining a small clinical practice, Marshall also conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals who are pursuing EMDR certification and RPT status, often with a particular focus on the use of sandtray therapy. Marshall has published in professional journals and magazines in addition to contributing to the books Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment and EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Child-Centered Group Play Therapy
Yi-Ju Cheng, Ph.D., LPC (TX/NJ), NCC, RPT, Certified CCPT/CPRT Supervisor
Dee C. Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, Certified CCPT/CPRT Supervisor


Thursday, June 24, 2021
Play Therapy Through a Neurosequential Lens
Kim Vander Dussen, Psy.D., RPT-S

Kim Vander Dussen, Psy. D., RPT-S is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of  Professional Psychology | Irvine.  There she serves as full time faculty member and Coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Psychology concentration in the program. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Play Therapy and former President of the California Branch of the Association for Play Therapy.  Dr. Vander Dussen is a licensed psychologist and registered play therapist and supervisor. She is certified in EMDR and as a Level 1clinician in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics developed by the Child Trauma Academy.  She has certificates in Play Therapy and Infant and Toddler Mental Health.  Dr. Vander Dussen also serves on the faculty of UCSD’s Play Therapy Certificate Program.  She is in private practice and specializes in the treatment of trauma, attachment, and children with developmental disabilities and a frequent presenter at local and national conferences on child and adolescent related topics.  

Friday, June 25, 2021
The Practical Side of Ethics and Working with Families in Play Therapy
Jenifer Balch, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, CAS, Certified CCPT/CPRT Supervisor

Jenifer Balch, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, CAS, Certified CCPT/CPRT Supervisor is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the state of Texas and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She is the Chief Clinical Officer of University Park Counseling & Testing Center, PLLC and has over 15 years of experience counseling children and families. Dr. Balch is also an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University and is dedicated to helping future counselors, both as a teacher and a supervisor. Additionally, Dr. Balch is a Certified Autism Specialist and has extensive training and experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.