Cynthia Sniscak, M.Ps.Sc., LPC, RPT-S
Caparosa Sniscak, M.Ps.Sc., LPC, is the President/Director and Senior Clinician
of the Beech Street Program, LLC, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Pennsylvania), a Registered
Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified Filial Therapist-Instructor.
She is also an Instructor with the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy
Center, Inc. Ms. Sniscak specializes in the use of play therapy, filial
therapy, parent consultation, behavior management, and other interventions
with children and families with a wide range of problems. She has many
years of experience with school problems, anxiety, depression, divorce-related
difficulties, oppositional behavior and other behavior problems, and
Cindy has also worked extensively with children who have experienced
medical problems, trauma, abuse, or attachment difficulties. She works
closely with parents throughout the therapy process, and coordinates
her work with
foster placement, adoption, child protective, medical, educational,
and mental health organizations.
Ms. Sniscak also provides training for child-related
community organizations, and has been a featured speaker at state,
national, and international conferences.
She is an accomplished potter who incorporates her artistic talents
and skills with her child/family therapy work. Cindy has served as a
Board/Chair Member of the Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy.
She has been
honored with the inaugural Family Enhancement and Play Therapy 2007
Contributions to Professional Training in Filial Therapy. Ms. Sniscak
is the author of a number of chapters and articles on play therapy. Cindy
is currently co-authoring a Guilford Press book on Child Centered Play
Therapy with Dr. Risë VanFleet.
Dr. Risë VanFleet is the Founder and President of the Family
Enhancement & Play
Therapy Center, Inc. in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, an organization specializing
in the training and supervision of child, family, and play therapy professionals
as well as the provision of mental health services for children and families.
She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of
Pennsylvania, and The Pennsylvania State University. A licensed psychologist
in Pennsylvania, Dr. VanFleet is also a certified Filial Therapy therapist,
supervisor, and instructor, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She
specializes in strengthening family relationships through play, and has subspecialties
in chronic medical illness, disaster mental health, child/family trauma and
attachment interventions using play therapy and filial therapy, and the use
of canines in play therapy.
Dr. VanFleet brings 35 years of clinical, supervisory,
and leadership experience in community mental health, health care, education,
and independent practice settings to her workshops. She has trained and
supervised thousands of clinicians internationally.
She is the author of Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-Child
Relationships Through Play, A Parent’s Handbook of Filial
Play Therapy, coeditor with Dr. Louise Guerney of the Casebook
of Filial Therapy, and author/photographer of The
Faces of Play. Another book, Canines in Play Therapy (working
title) is expected in 2007. Her materials have been used by professionals and
families in over 40 countries, and her writings have been or are being translated
into Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, and Spanish. She is featured
on three best-selling play therapy video workshops: Child-Centered
Play Therapy, Overcoming Resistance: Engaging Parents
in Play Therapy, and Introduction to Filial Play
Therapy. She is featured with Dr. Heidi Kaduson on the forthcoming
video workshop, Play Therapy for Traumatic Events.
Dr. VanFleet has been honored with the inaugural Bernard G. and Louise F. Guerney
Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice and Training in Filial Therapy
(The Association for Filial and Relationship Enhancement Methods) and the Play
Therapy Professional Education and Training Award (The Association for Play
Therapy). She is a cofounder of the International Collaborative on Play Therapy
and a Past President/Board Chair of the Association for Play Therapy. She is
also involved in the research and use of animals in play therapy, and uses
one of her dogs as a play therapy dog. She is an Approved Evaluator for the
American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program ®. In addition
to her work in the play/family therapy field, Dr. VanFleet is President of
VanFleet Associates, an organizational development and training firm, an accomplished
pianist, and an award-winning nature photographer specializing in Alaskan wildlife.
Henry is a three year old, very playful,
Labradoodle. He is an important part of Beech Street Program’s staff.
He loves his work and he is at the practice daily. Henry’s job is
to be available to child clients when they request his presence, and
many of them do.
Many clients look forward to Henry greeting them at the door or snuggling
them. Of course, not all clients are comfortable with dogs, so we are
sure to check with the parents and children prior to introducing them
Many of them ask if he can sit in on their sessions or if they can give
him a treat. Sometimes, Henry is assigned to specifically work with a
child who is experiencing some difficulties. Henry is very well trained,
most of us, he has a few little behavior difficulties himself. Sometimes
he forgets his manners or forgets to listen. He may get so excited that
he can’t sit still and wants to play when it isn’t a good time.
On occasion, Henry sneaks into some tasty trash that he just can’t
resist (YUM), or he takes off to chase a rabbit, when he is supposed
to be in a sit /stay. We continue to work with Henry and his behavioral
and the children really enjoy teaching him as well as learning from him.
You see, Henry has a history that is similar to many of our clients.
He was rescued and placed into a foster home, until he was adopted by
woman. Sadly, she died and asked if Henry could come to the Beech Street
Program to be a Play Therapy Dog. Aside from knowing that Henry has a
few behavioral problems, it helps children to know that Henry also sometimes
feels sad, restless, confused or scared. Children learn to be a safe
caring friend for Henry and they are rewarded with the same type of relationship.
They can enjoy his unconditional acceptance and joy in sharing time with
them. He thinks they are grand, and some of us don’t get enough of
those good feelings. He is a wonderful asset to our practice and in addition,
Labradooldes are relatively hypoallergenic.