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  • 08/08/2021 1:09 PM | Anonymous

    Lindsay P. South, LLP, LPC Supervisor, RPT-S, is a therapist in private practice at Lindsay South P South MA PLLC & Associates in Portage, lindsaysouth.com. She has a Master of Arts in Counselor Education/Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has been working in the field since 1988 and has been a member of APT for 20 years.

    Three words to best describe you:  Creative, active, outdoors.

    What made you interested in play therapy? I began private practice in a small group of therapists. My colleagues only saw adults. I was asked to see teens and then children as well. I had been a camp counselor for years, enjoyed working with kids, and was a young mom myself with two little boys. Although these personal experiences helped, I quickly realized that I had no idea what I was doing!  My supervisor, who was a psychologist, encouraged me to keep going but commit to training. It was perfect advice: I didn’t have to know everything but I had to commit to learning. I signed up for the first play therapy workshop in Michigan in 1995. I was 8 months pregnant with my second son. I loved the workshop and was hooked! I started attending workshops and joined MIAPT.  My sons were my guinea pigs, and I had lots of toys on hand at home.  My love of children, playing games, doing art projects, and building in the sand, all came together in play therapy.

    Why did you decide to become an RPT-S? When I first started working on becoming a play therapist it was hard to find a supervisor.  A group of us paid Kay Hannah to come all the way from Grand Rapids to meet with us for supervision.  Later I met Susan Carter and had her supervise me for years.  This mentoring was so important to me.  In my graduate program children were not discussed except in terms of adult development.  I had no classes in child or adolescent development or psychopathology.  Supervision in play therapy, coupled with workshops through MIAPT, were really my source of entry into the field.  I want to return the mentorship I received to those who are interested in play therapy.  I enjoy teaching and training.

    Who has inspired you in your career?  My aunt Martha Greene is a Presbyterian minister.  She was the first one who suggested I explore counseling or social work as a career option.  I was an art history major in college and had never considered counseling as a vocation.  She encouraged me to go to graduate school at WMU.  Mentors in play therapy include Susan Carter and sand tray trainers Gisela Schubach DeDomenico, Dikke Hansen, and Tina Johnson.

    What advice would you give someone who is just entering the field/starting their RPT work credentialing?  Keep working on your RPT!  Get credentialed and just keep attending workshops.  Always pay for your CEUs.  Keep those forms on file.  Develop an area of interest, like working with eating disorders (we need you!), LGBTQ youth, or divorce/stepfamily adjustment.  Follow your passion.

    What has been one of the most rewarding moments of your career?  Completing 7 years of sand tray training with Gisela Schubach DeDomenico.

    What has APT membership meant to you professionally and personally? APT provided me with mentorship, education and an identity as a therapist.  Becoming Secretary on the MIAPT board helped me learn how to function professionally in a leadership role in a nonprofit setting.  This experience was invaluable when I served on other boards, like the Southwest Michigan Eating Disorders Association.  I also have really enjoyed running our local MIAPT southwest networking meetings.  I hope to continue doing that once we can return safely to face to face group interactions.

    What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?  In my free time I love to be outdoors.  I grew up in CA and have adapted to Michigan.  I now road bike a lot in the summer, canoe with my husband, cross country ski and hike with ice trekkers on my boots in the winter.  I have found great groups of women to bike and walk with.

    If you were not in your current career, what would you be doing?  I would like to return to taking art classes as I did as a child….ceramics, drawing, painting.  I am interested in becoming a master gardener. Outdoor adventures--backpacking, canoe and biking trips--would be at the top of my list, as well as travel in the US and abroad.

    How do you spend your free time? Most of my time away from work is spent outside biking, hiking or going for a run.  I love to garden.  Pulling weeds, dead heading roses, and experimenting with plant texture and color are very therapeutic; you can see the results of your work instantly!  I also like to cook and try new recipes.  At night I am a reader of historical fiction.  Reading is how I put my brain to bed and wind down.  I look forward to that time each night. 

    If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  One of my favorite sand tray figures is Sacagawea...a young Native American girl who is walking along a stream with a racoon at her side.  She looks confident and comfortable in her environment.  She helped guide Lewis and Clark from North Dakota to the Pacific Coast, thousands of miles through the wilderness in terrain foreign to them.  Without her, they probably would have been lost or had great difficulty.

    Are there any other things we should know about you?  My first supervisor told me, “Make sure you do one thing every day that brings you joy.”  That is my wish for each of you.

  • 06/10/2021 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    Hey there MIAPT Members!
     
    Who’s ready for SUMMER?!?!
     
    I AM! I’m ready for time at the pool and beach, and more time playing outside and with friends and family. However you choose to spend time this summer, I hope you get lots of chances to do things that make your mind, heart, and soul happy!
     
    I’m mindful that many of you may have mixed feelings as we move into summertime. The COVID storm seems to be calming, but it is not yet over. And, like the saying goes - we’re all in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Some never left the office, some still haven’t returned. Some are vaccinated, some aren’t. Some are masked, some aren’t. As we continue to move forward let’s hold space for everyone during this time of change and transition. Let’s be models of open-minded connectedness for our clients, their families, our peers, and our communities.

     
    Playfully Yours,
     
    Laura Hutchison, PsyD, LP, RPT-S
    President, MIAPT 2021
    playdr@gmail.com

    P.S. I would love to see greater involvement from our amazing membership. There are opportunities to serve on committees, run or attend regional networking meetings, attend MIAPT’s virtual and in-person trainings, write articles for our newsletter, set up outreach opportunities to spread the word about APT/MIAPT, and attend member only virtual support meetings. As members you each make up this play therapy community, so make your voice heard! If you have any questions about taking part in any of these opportunities, just let me know!

  • 04/15/2021 6:51 PM | Anonymous

    Hey there MIAPT Members!
     
    I want to start by saying that, although I’ve been a member of MIAPT for 20 years, I’m SO EXCITED to be writing to you for my FIRST TIME AS MIAPT President. It is such an honor to be part of the board again!!!
     
    Thanks for all that attended our annual conference this year. The polls that were conducted during this year’s annual conference showed that many of you are interested in becoming more involved with our chapter … and we would LOVE your help. Feel free to contact me anytime if you would like to be a part of a committee, help with the newsletter, or have suggestions for the chapter. This is YOUR chapter - we want to hear your voices and ideas!
     
    During this past year we have all faced so many different challenges - which has forced us to find creative ways to connect with each other and our clients. It has caused us to grow as a community, and as therapists. And we need to continue that growth!
     
    As discussed in our last MIAPT virtual support meeting, many children we see are finally heading back to school for the first time in awhile - or will be in the fall. This is an important moment to think about how we can help these kids, their parents, and their teachers to adjust to another transition. As play therapists we can remind them the effects of the past year may have on each child’s social and emotional development. We can help them prepare for underdeveloped skills that our clients and their classmates might have due to the lack of exposure to their peers and other adults. Our position as therapists to children gives us the unique opportunity to reduce over (or mis-) diagnosing children with behavior, attention, or social problems. We can give information to parents and teachers about normal childhood development of social and emotional skills - and discuss how these may be affected by the pandemic. Helping others to adjust expectations can definitely impact how our clients and their peers will be viewed and treated. Explaining to parents and teachers the importance of PLAY and the need to make up for lost time and experiences with peers is essential. These key elements will in turn influence each child’s mental health.
     
    Playfully Yours,
     
    Laura Hutchison, PsyD, LP, RPT-S
    President, MIAPT 2021
    playdr@gmail.com

  • 02/01/2021 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Dear MIAPT Members!

    This is my last letter as President of MIAPT before handing over the reins to our President-Elect, Laura Hutchison. This year has been incredibly challenging for all of us and I want to thank the Board and members of our committees for being flexible and creative in this unique and challenging year. One of my last duties is to remind everyone of the annual conference this month. This year it is all virtual and also for the first time spread out among four days. We have incredible workshops on cutting edge advances such as polyvagal therapy and using Pinterest as a therapeutic model as well as workshops on marginal service populations such as LGBTQ+ and the sexually acting out client and more. I hope that all of you will take advantage of these opportunities.

    Now that we are an accredited APT provider we hope to have bimonthly virtual trainings in addition to our regularly scheduled East/West and Annual conferences. We are also in good shape financially and have maintained Gold Branch status. More information on the state of MIAPT will be shared at the annual business meeting.
     
    It has been a pleasure to serve MIAPT this past year and I will continue to serve as Past-President and my longstanding participation on the conference committee. I hope to see all of you soon, either in person or virtually.


    Play on!

    Jason Clanton, MA, LLP, Registered Play Therapist
    President, MIAPT

  • 12/01/2020 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Hello MIAPT Members!

    I hope you had a festive and safe Thanksgiving. For those of you who came to our virtual training on play therapy and trauma, thank you! I hope you have filled out the feedback survey so that we can make future virtual trainings even more fun and productive.
     
    Speaking of trainings, I am happy to report that MIAPT is now certified by APT to provide trainings as an official play therapy education provider! That means we can provide trainings directly for play therapy contact hours. Hopefully in the future MIAPT will be able to provide bi-monthly or quarterly trainings for our members in an online format. We will provide more information on this as it becomes available.
     
    This leads us to the 2021 annual conference. Yes, we are having one! And it will be all  virtual sessions. Because of this, the conference will span several days instead of just two. Save the dates: February 17-20, 2021. Although the theme is play therapy with anxiety disorders, we have some new topics that have not been presented before. So make sure to be on the lookout for the annual conference brochure in the coming weeks.

    In closing, I hope everyone is practicing good self-care. I recently read an article on how Zoom meetings are more emotionally and mentally exhausting that in person, and I certainly found that to be true. Whether you are all virtual or are starting to see clients in office, it is paramount that safety precautions include self-care for emotional well-being. MIAPT is a good resource for self-care ideas on our Facebook page. (And we recently launched an Instagram account, check it out!). May everyone find joy and peace this holiday season.
     
    Play on!

    Jason Clanton, MA, LLP, Registered Play Therapist
    President, MIAPT

  • 10/01/2020 4:15 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings MIAPT Members!

    “Last Resort.” “Iyanla Fix My Life.” Two self-help shows where a woman screams at families to change and one where people go to a resort to rearrange their chakras, align their anima and animus, and have “orgasmic cleansings.” It shows how desperate people are to heal old wounds. It brought to life the importance of proper training with methods shown to be beneficial in reducing mental illness and increase well-being.

    Which brings us to our upcoming trainings, the Virtual West Regional on November 13th and our annual conference in February. This year for the first time we will be hosting our trainings online. Not leaving home for a training certainly has its advantages! Also, our Facebook page has all sorts of resources tested in research and in the field to help healing. And our monthly ZOOM support meetings also provide a resource to learn techniques and methods from fellow MIAPT members. On behalf of the board, we are excited about our upcoming trainings. We hope to see you there.

     
    Play on!

    Jason Clanton, MA, LLP, Registered Play Therapist
    President, MIAPT

  • 08/01/2020 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings MIAPT Members!
     
    As I write this, I just came back from going out to dinner for the first time in four months. I can’t tell yet if this is a portent of the return to normalcy of life, but what I can tell you is that play therapy continues.

    We offer play as a standard of normalcy to our clients both young and old. And the MIAPT Board continues to adapt to the world that we currently live in by offering our first virtual workshop this November. We hope that you are able to participate in this unique training opportunity. Speaking of participating, we continue to offer ZOOM support meetings for all active members. These are now being held once a month. Look for email notification of the meeting in August. This is a great forum to connect with other play therapists across the state to provide support, ideas, and techniques to help us serve our clients better, plus an opportunity to meet board members as well.

    If you haven’t liked our Facebook page, please do! You’ll find lots of resources to help you in your work with clients. No matter what the future holds, play will always be a means to healing for children, not to mention a viable treatment for all our clients. And remember to play yourselves! For how can we heal others if our own souls are overwhelmed? I myself have started building Legos again. Whatever your means to play is, I hope you find it rejuvenating not only in yourselves but also for your clients.
     
    Play on!

    Jason Clanton, MA, LLP, Registered Play Therapist
    President, MIAPT

  • 06/09/2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Dear MIAPT Members,
     
    Summer is here, which should be a time of relaxation and fun in the sun with family and friends. Instead we are having to spend most of our time indoors with worry and uncertainty. I think all of us are experiencing cabin fever and as the weather gets warmer, I encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors and detach from our screens. Being outside is good for body, mind, and soul.

    I hope you have been able to attend some of our Zoom meetings on Saturdays where members can come together to support one another in these trying times. We will be sending a survey to help us determine how to proceed with future meetings. These meetings are an exclusive benefit for members.

    Remember to like our Facebook page and check our website for tips and techniques from past newsletters and any upcoming trainings.

     
    As always, play on!

    Jason Clanton, MA, LLP, Registered Play Therapist
    President, MIAPT

  • 04/08/2020 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    Dear MIAPT Members,
     
    I never would have thought that my first letter as President would come in such unique and challenging times. Now more than ever we need to see the value in our work, not just as play therapists, but has mental health clinicians. That being said, I want to take a moment to encourage all of us to reflect on what we as therapists are doing to engage in self-care.

    We are taught and attend numerous trainings on taking care of our clients, but very little emphasis is given on our own well-being. Is it because we don’t earn money in self-care? It is a non-billable service? We aren’t violating any explicit ethical violations? And yet by not engaging in self-care, we are indeed putting us in danger of inadvertently costing us money and potential ethics violations by leaving us susceptible to burnout and its many consequences.
               
    That’s why MIAPT is offering a group chat with our members to share ideas not only of telehealth interventions but also as a way of supporting each other during the quarantine and to show us all that we are not alone but in this together. Research has shown that telehealth is effective in mental health treatment and we can extrapolate that to mean that it can help us as a play therapist community to find support and encouragement in these trying times. Look for emails on dates and times when we will have these meetings.
               
    I hope you are finding joy in your daily lives and on behalf of the MIAPT board, if there are other ways that we can be supportive of you let, us know. As always, play on!

    Jason Clanton, MA, LLP, Registered Play Therapist
    President, MIAPT

  • 10/26/2017 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    Here are some ways you can volunteer with MIAPT 

    1. Newsletter content -Share a creative activity -Write a story or article -Format and distribute the newsletter -Share playful pictures for our newsletter 

    2. Networking meetings -Share ideas for meeting in your region -Find a free local venue for meetings -Consider starting a group in your area 

    3. Conferences (regional or annual) -Pick up and/or order food -Pick up craft supplies -Volunteer for clean-up and/or set-up -Design a flier -Find location for events -Request proposals of potential speakers 

    4. Membership updates (to add a directory) -Confirm member contact info -Consolidate/remove duplicate entries 

    **If interested in volunteering, email DCouture77@yahoo.com

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