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Play Therapy Conference Presenter Biographies

Athena Drewes, Psy.D., RPT-S (KEYNOTE) is a licensed child psychologist, certified school psychologist and Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor. She is Director of Clinical Training at Astor Services for Children & Families in New York. She is also past Board of Director of the Association for Play Therapy (2001-2007), and Founder, Founding Past President and newly re-elected President (2012) of the New York Association for Play Therapy. She is author and co-editor of seven books on play therapy, and a renowned national and international lecturer on play therapy. Her treatment specialization is children in schools and foster care, trauma, sexual abuse, and attachment issues.
Her books include: School-based Play Therapy (with Dr. Schaefer and Lois Carey,Wiley, 2001; also translated into Chinese); School-based Play Therapy: Second Edition (with Dr. Schaefer, 2010, also translated into Korean); Cultural Issues in Play Therapy (with Dr. Gil, Guilford Press, 2005); Supervision Can be Playful (with Dr. Mullen, Aronson, 2009);  Blending Play Therapy with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Drewes, Wiley, 2009; also translated into Korean); Integrative Play Therapy (with Dr. Bratton and Dr. Schaefer, Wiley, 2012); Therapeutic Powers of Play  (with Dr. Schaefer, 2013, Wiley); Integrating Expressive Arts with Play Therapy (with Dr. Green, 2013, Wiley).

Lois Carey, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S is the Director of the Center for Sandplay Studies.  Carey is a play therapist, lecturer, supervisor and author or editor of five books.  She is a specialist in Sandplay Therapy that she studied with Dora Kalff, the founder of this technique, in both Switzerland and California.  Carey has been teaching Sandplay since 1985 and continues to teach and supervise others in this method.  In addition to personal therapy with children, Carey combined child and family therapy in Family Sandplay Therapy – an innovative approach in 1990.  She is a Past-President of NYAPT and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy.

Gabriel I. Lomas, Ph.D., RPT-S is an associate professor of counseling in the Department of Education and Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University. As a scholar, Lomas has a number of published material in refereed journals and books. As a practitioner, he has worked closely with child welfare agencies to provide assessment and treatment services for both victims and perpetrators in the system. He has significant experience in forensic evaluation, and has served as a consultant and expert witness on numerous cases, especially cases involving people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Julie Nash, Ph.D., RPT-S is a licensed clinical psychologist and registered play therapist-supervisor. She obtained her Ph.D. at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where she had the opportunity to study under Charles Schaefer. Dr. Nash is the author of multiple book chapters on the development of social skills and using play therapy to treat social skills deficits, as well as introductions to play therapy and working with preschool children. She has presented at national and international conferences on play therapy and has been trained in using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to work with children facing the results of a variety of traumas. Dr. Nash recently opened a private practice in Middletown, CT.

Louise Tonning, MSW, LCSW, RPT is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist & Supervisor. She has a special interest in identifying children's particular approaches to the world and learning and how their developmental styles and delays impact on learning and exploring the world.  She has a private practice in both Greenwich and Stamford, CT specializing in treating young children and works as a bilingual child counselor at Domestic Abuse Services, for the YWCA in Greenwich, CT.



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