An Introduction to Play Therapy and Animal Assisted

Friday, April 14, 2017
The Heights
8001 Dale Avenue
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
The fee is $10 for non-members, cash or check only.

This year’s training series focuses on different therapeutic interventions and determining which approach may be best for your clients. The series begins with an introduction to play therapy and animal assisted therapy. Participants will be provided with an overview of each therapy, what it involves, what a session entails, and the benefits of each. The presentation will draw on the expertise of multiple providers in a variety of settings.


The presenters of this workshop are:

  • April Duncan is the Program Director of the Therapeutic Preschool at Family Resource Center. She uses play therapy techniques to work with young children (& their families) with significant social, emotional, & behavioral concerns and specializes in working with young children. She is the founder of All About Play, LLC, a private practice in the St. Louis area, providing individual and family therapy, as well as consultation for local agencies, school districts, & preschools. April also facilitates group play therapy for children and adults, utilizing music, art and sand tray play therapy techniques, in conjunction with local agencies & preschools. Co-founder of St. Louis Play Therapy Institute, April provides play therapy trainings on a wide range of topics to mental health professionals in a fun and engaging environment.

  • Dianne Peters designed the curricula for the CHAMP Education Program, and visits schools, businesses, & ser-vice organizations to encourage understanding and respect for people of all abilities. CHAMP Education Programs include therapy dogs, education dogs, or service dogs and showcase ways that dogs can help people. Dianne guides staff and volunteers interested in participating in the education program. She is a founding member of CHAMP Dogs. Dianne is also active in CHAMP's thera-py dog program. She, with CHAMP Therapy Dogs Calga-ry or Jesse, or CHAMP Therapy Cat Skeeter Jackson, visit a wide variety of facilities each month, including hospitals, day care for special needs adults, USO, libraries, reading programs, and special needs classrooms.

  • Nola Ewars is a founding member of CHAMP, and past board president. She has been training service dogs since 1992, and visits the CHAMP prison program in Vandalia, MO each week to lead classes for our offender-trainers. She is responsible for all aspects of the service dog program, from selecting and educating puppies through their eventual placement as service or facility dogs. Nola is also responsible for ensuring each dog's future partner is ready to be a great partner for their dog. She also enjoys being part of the instructional team for CHAMP.

  • Dina Vitoux has been in private practice in Franklin County for over twenty-five years. She has extensive training and experience with sexual abuse, trauma resolu-tion therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dina is the program developer and facilitator of equine assisted psychotherapy through her private practice. She is very excited about the therapeutic benefits that she has observed with clients through this intervention.



June 16 - Music Therapy and Art Therapy
September 15 - TFCBT, DBT, and PE
December 8 - Working with Children with
Sexual Behavior Problems

CoCAN and the St. Louis Family and Community Partnership – Stronger Together!

You might have heard that CoCAN and the SLFCP are discussing how we can work together more closely. Ruth Ehresman from Vision for Children at Risk sent out a survey, asking for feedback about the activities we both provide and the needs in our community. Please complete this survey! As we proceed with this merger, we want to tailor our activities to truly represent the needs of the St. Louis child and family serving community. Thanks for your input.

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