Play Therapy Conference
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Conference Co-Sponsored by the WCSU Department of Social Work and the M.S. in Counseling Programs

Using Play Therapy to Help Traumatized Children Heal

November 3-4, 2017
Westside Campus Ballroom
43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury, CT 06810

David Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, RPT-S, clinical director of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie and adjunct faculty at Marist College.
Dr. Crenshaw has taught graduate courses in play therapy at Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 15 books in the field of child and adolescent therapy, numerous journal articles, and book chapters on child trauma, abuse, the rage of children, the wounding of adolescents, and the resilience of children. He has been a vigorous advocate for developmentally and trauma-sensitive courts for children and the use of facility dogs in the Courtroom to help vulnerable witnesses. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASADA) and a member of the professional advisory board of the Courthouse Dogs Foundation. His most recent books include a co-edited book with Cathy Malchiodi, “What to Do When Children Clam Up in Psychotherapy,” and a co-written book with Eliana Gil, “Termination Challenges in Child Psychotherapy,” both published by Guilford Press.


Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, Psy.D., RPT-S, is a clinical supervisor and clinical director at Healing the Child Within, a clinic in New Hartford, CT.
Dr. Lefebre-McGevna has specialized training in Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy(SMART), Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY), Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Theraplay, and Parent Child Interaction Thera-py (PCIT-A). She is working toward becoming an EMDRIA-approved consultant, and is an EMDR (Level II) clinician.Dr. Lefebre-McGevna’s clinical and research interests center on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. She has experience working with young children (0-5), adult survivors of severe childhood abuse and neglect, and combat veterans with PTSD. She has worked in residential treatment, psychiatric inpatient and community mental health settings and in schools, and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has provided trainings around the country integrating play therapy and evidence-based trauma practices.


Attendees may register by mailing in a registration form and the appropriate payment.


Friday - 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (box lunch served)

Dr. Crenshaw: Play Therapy Cases that Taught Me the Most: Pacing and Safety, Affect and Resilience

Saturday - 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (box lunch served)

Dr. Lefebre-McGevna: The Body Heals with Play: Incorporating Play Therapy into Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment


Individuals with disability accommodations should request them in writing at least 10 days prior to the conference. Requests can be sent to the organizer, Dr. Gabriel Lomas, at


There are a number of comfortable and reasonably-priced hotels within a 5 minute drive of the WCSU Westside Campus. The list below is a sample of several hotels in the area. Attendees will need to arrange for accommodations on their own.  

Ethan Allen
21 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT 

Holiday Inn Express
89 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury, CT

Residence Inn
22 Segar St, Danbury, CT 

Spring Hill Suites
30 Old Ridgebury Rd, Danbury, CT 

Hilton Garden Inn
119 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury, CT

Crowne Plaza
18 Old Ridgebury Rd, Danbury, CT 

Workshop Skills Level

All workshops are designed for mental health professionals, and mental health professionals who are in training. While beginners will benefit greatly from this training, all 2017 workshops are designed for Intermediate and Advanced practitioners who have some experience with Child Centered Play Therapy.

Conference Questions

Contact Dr. Gabriel Lomas at 203-837-8512 or

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