Our workshops are led by the highly
trained and experienced professionals pictured here. All of them
consistently receive training
participant ratings of "outstanding."
Other qualified instructors sometimes co-lead workshops that are offered
by the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, and they are
also available to present trainings for organizations throughout
the U.S. and abroad . Please contact Dr. VanFleet for more information.
A listing of Certified Filial Therapy Instructors will be posted here
Cynthia Sniscak, Heidi Kaduson, and 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.
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Cynthia 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 AD/HD.
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
is a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy
and serves as its conference chair. She is the author of a number
of chapters and articles on play therapy.
Information about her Beech Street Program, an independent practice in Carlisle,
Pennsylvania, can be found in the Parents’ section of
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