Meet the Speakers

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 9am-12noon CST
TraumaPlay: A Flexibly Sequential Approach to Trauma and Attachment Issues
Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S 


Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 9am-12noon CST
TraumaPlay: Including Parents in A Flexibly Sequential Approach to Trauma and Attachment Issues
Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, is the Clinical Director of Nurture House, the Executive Director of The TraumaPlay Institute™, is EMDRIA Certified and speaks all over the world on childhood trauma, attachment repair, and play therapy. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, has an international reputation as a dynamic speaker and innovative clinician, and provides hope for many families in crisis. She served a term as the Executive Director of the Lipscomb Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Center, has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education and is the author of multiple books, chapters and articles related to child therapy, including her most recent books, Trauma and Play Therapy, and A Safe Circle for Little U. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 6-9pm CST
Play Reveals What Words Conceal: Using Play Therapy to Confront What Families Avoid
Nick Cornett, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, RPT

Nick Cornett, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, RPT is an Associate Professor of Counseling at John Brown University. He primarily teaches courses in family therapy and play therapy, and he is passionate about the integration of these two disciplines. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cornett maintains a small private practice where he specializes in working with children and their families. He previously served as the President for the Arkansas Association for Play Therapy. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Registered Play Therapist. Dr. Cornett lives in Siloam Springs, Arkansas with his wife and three children.   

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7-10am CST
Measuring Change: Evaluating Progress in Play Therapy
Dee C. Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, Certified CCPT-Trainer, Certified CPRT-Trainer

Dee Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, Certified CCPT-S, Certified CPRT-S is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Counseling Program and Director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas. Dr. Ray has published over 100 articles, chapters, and books in the field of play therapy, specializing in research specifically examining the process and effects of Child Centered Play Therapy. Dr. Ray is author of A Therapist’s Guide to Development: The Extraordinarily Normal Years, Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice, Child Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manual, and co-author of Group Play Therapy and Child Centered Play Therapy Research. She is a founding board member and past president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling. She is current editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling and recipient of the American Counseling Association Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award, Association for Humanistic Counseling Educator Award, Association for Play Therapy Outstanding Research Award, Top 25 Women Professors in Texas Award, and many others. Dr. Ray supervises counseling services to community clients at her university clinic and leads a school outreach program providing play therapy to hundreds of children each year.

Friday, June 26, 2020 - 7-10am CST
Using Play Therapy to Address Sensory Processing Challenges: An Integrative Approach
Robert Jason Grant, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, RPT-S, ACAS

Robert Jason Grant, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, RPT-S, ACAS is a registered play therapy supervisor who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, and has written several books, and articles on the subject of autism, sensory challenges, and ADHD.  Dr. Grant is an international speaker and currently serves on the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy.