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Committee Chairs

Governance committees are established by and report to the Board of Directors. These committees assist the board with its governance 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. You are invited to review our Program Committee Protocols.

Are you interested in volunteering to serve on one of the following committee? The Ethics & Practices, Mining Report, Play TherapyTM Magazine, Research, and University Education committees are now accepting applications. The Committee Preference Survey is now CLOSED.

Current chairs for our 2018-2019 year are:

Awards of Excellence Committee

Kara Carnes Holt, PhD, LPC, RPT-S
Chair 10/16-10/18
Assistant Professor, Counseling, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Management: Annually review and evaluate Award nominations.

Conference Program Committee

Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, NCC, CAS, RPT-S
Chair 10/17-10/19
Owner, Robert Jason Grant Ed.D AutPlay Therapy Clinic, Springfield, MO
Management: Annually review conference program proposals.

Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee

Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S
Chair 4/17-4/18
Director, Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies, Boynton Beach, FL
: Tri-annually review and update Play Therapy Best Practices and Paper on Touch.

International Journal of Play Therapy® Clinical Editor

Edward Hudspeth, PhD, LPC, RPT-S
Clinical Editor 3/14-3/17, 3/17-3/20
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.

International Liaison

Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, CCCPT-S, CCPRT-S, RPT-S
Chair 10/18-10/20
APT Board Emeritus; Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Management: Communicate and represent the goals and  mission of the Association on an international scale.

Leadership Academy Committee

Deborah Campbell, MA, LMFT, LPCC, RPT
Chair 10/16-10/18
Owner, private practice, Grass Valley, CA
Management: Annually review and recommend revisions to Leadership Academy curriculum. Observe and identify emerging class leaders.

Mining Report Clinical Editor

Ryan Holliman, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Clinical Editor 10/16-10/18
Assistant Professor, Counseling, Texas Woman's University, Dallas, TX
Management: Review mental health publications and recommend citations for possible publication in quarterly mining reports.

Nominations Committee

Jodi Crane, PhD, LPCC, NCC, RPT-S
Chair 10/17-10/18
Professor, Counseling Department, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY
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 candidates.

Play TherapyTM Magazine Clinical Editor

Sarah Stauffer, PhD, LP (Switzerland), LPC, NCC, NCSC, RPT-S
Clinical Editor 1/18-1/20
Psychologist, Association ESPAS, Switzerland
Management: Review and recommend edits to manuscripts submitted for possible publication in quarterly magazine.

Registration and Continuing Education Committee

Sueann Kenney-Noziska, LISW, RPT-S
Chair 8/15-8/17, 8/17-8/19
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.

Research Committee

Dee Ray, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Chair 4/15-4/17, 4/17-4/19
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 Committee

LeAnne Steen, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Chair 4/17-4/19
Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
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.