Karen welcomes Cathi Spooner to the show for part one of their two part discussion on her latest book, Attachment-Focused Family Play Therapy: An Intervention for Children and Adolsecents After Trauma, available now wherever books are sold.
Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S is passionate about helping families heal by empowering mental health professionals learn to successfully integrate play therapy and expressive arts into clinical practice with confidence and nurturing hearts so they can become experts in their field working with children, adolescents, and families and help families heal to create strong communities.
She has been providing mental health treatment to children, adolescents, and adults since 1992. Cathi has been licensed as a licensed clinical social worker since 1997. Prior to obtaining her Masters of Social Work degree, she was a special educator for children with emotional disturbances since 1984. She has worked in outpatient mental health settings, intensive home-based mental health services, homeless shelter and transitional housing settings, substance abuse services, and residential treatment programs. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, certified in basic sand therapy, certified trauma specialist clinical (currently inactive), and foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is the author of Attachment-Focused Family Play Therapy: An Intervention for Children and Adolescents After Trauma.
Her vast experience has provided the expertise and knowledge to help mental health professionals working in a variety of mental health settings learn to confidently integrate play therapy and expressive arts into clinical practice with their clients. Her ability to break down clinical concepts and help mental health professionals apply clinical decision-making strategies with their clients has helped them use play therapy and expressive arts effectively with children, youth, and families. She has provided professional trainings to mental health professionals at the local, state, national, and international levels.