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Committee Chairs

Governance committees are established by and report to the Board of Directors. They assist the board with its work. By contrast, management committees are established by and report to the CEO to ensure that programs (intended to achieve the Ends policies approved by the Board) are cost-effective, deemed clinically sound, and valued by members. The call for committee members occurs every spring, so watch the website for the Committee Preference Survey at that time. You are also invited to review the Program Committee Protocols. Committee members commit to "100% participation". Current chairs are:


Awards of Excellence

  Kara Carnes Holt, PhD, LPC, RPT-S
Chair 10/16-10/17
Assistant Professor, Counseling, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Management: Annually review and evaluate Award nominations.

Conference Program

  Kim VanderDussen, PsyD, RPT-S
Chair 10/15-10/17
Professor, ASPP Argosy University, Orange County, Placentia, CA
Management: Annually review conference program proposals.

Ethics and Practice


Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, NCC, RPT-S

Chair 3/16-3/17
Owner, private practice, Nixa, MO
: Tri-annually review and update Play Therapy Best Practices and Paper on Touch.

International Journal of Play Therapy® Editorial Board

  Edward Hudspeth, PhD, LPC, RPT-S
Clinical Editor 3/14-3/18
Associate Dean, Counseling, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, ME
Management: Review and recommend edits to manuscripts submitted for possible publication in quarterly peer-reviewed journal issues.

Leadership Academy

  Deborah Campbell, MA, LMFT, LPCC, RPT
Chair 10/16-10/17
Owner, private practice, Grass Valley, CA
Management: Annually review and recommend revisions to Leadership Academy curriculum. Observe and identify emerging class leaders.

Mining Report

  Ryan Holliman, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Clinical Editor 10/16-10/17
Assistant Professor, Counseling, Texas Woman's University, Dallas, TX
Management: Review mental health publications and recommend citations for possible publication in quarterly mining reports.


  Richard Gaskill, EdD, LCPC, LCP, RPT-S
Chair 10/16-10/17
Clinical Director, Summer Mental Health Center, Witchita, KS
Governance: Orient committee members about the board culture and leadership attributes. Review & recommend revisions to the Director Candidate Questionnaire. Annually approve slate comprising not more than six director

Play Therapy Magazine™

  Mistie Barnes, EdD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Clinical Editor 11/16-10/18
Assistant Professor, Division of Counselor Education & Psychology, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS
Management: Review and recommend edits to manuscripts submitted for possible publication in quarterly magazine.

Registration and Continuing Education

  Sueann Kenney-Noziska, LISW, RPT-S
Chair 8/15-8/17
Owner, Play Therapy Corner, Inc., Las Cruces, NM
Management: Periodically review and recommend policy revisions to Registered Play Therapist & Supervisor and Approved Provider of Play Therapy Continuing Education programs.


  Dee Ray, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Chair 4/15-4/17
Professor, Department of Counseling, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Management: Foster research that advances play therapy, particularly studies that generate evidence-based play therapy treatments. Review and evaluate Research and Student Research Award nominations.

University Education

  Kathrin Hartmann, PhD, LPC, RPT-S
Chair 4/15-4/17
Professor, Department of Clinical Psychiatry, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Adult Norfolk, VA
Management: Periodically review and recommend policy revisions to the Approved  Centers of Play Therapy Education program. Review and recommend questions to be posed during History Speaks program interviews.