PLAYNOTES FROM TRUDY

1.  A BOOK REVIEW OF WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

THIS BOOK BY MAURICE SENDAK, WON THE MOST DISTINGUISHED “PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR” IN 1963. ELIZABETH KENNEDY WROTE, “THE THEME OF DEALING WITH DARK EMOTIONS WAS RARE IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY IN PICTURE BOOK FORMAT.”  AFTER 50 PLUS YEARS, THIS BOOK IS STILL INCREDIBLY POPULAR.

MAX IS A ROWDY CHILD AND AFTER SOME PARTICULARLY CHAOTIC BEHAVIOR, HIS MOTHER CALLS HIM A WILD THING. MAX REPLIES, “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” 

AT HIS POINT THE MOTHER SENDS MAX TO BED WITHOUT HIS SUPPER.  MAX REALIZES HE IS POWERLESS IN THE DYNAMIC WITH HIS MOTHER SO HE USES HIS IMAGINATION TO PROCESS THESE FEELINGS.

HE CREATES A FANTASY WITH WILD THINGS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES IN WHICH HE DOMINATES AND IS MADE THEIR KING.

AFTER ENJOYING HIS POWER FOR A WHILE, HE EVENTUALLY DECIDES HE WOULD RATHER BE WITH PEOPLE WHO LOVE HIM. HE GAVE UP BEING KING IN HIS IMAGINARY WORLD AND WENT HOME WHERE HE FOUND A WARM DINNER WAITING FOR HIM.

THROUGH THE USE OF HIS IMAGINATION (SOME MIGHT CALL IT PLAY THERAPY) MAX EXPERIENCED HIS NEED FOR POWER, RELEASED HIS ANGER, AND RECOGNIZED WHAT WAS MOST IMPORTANT IN HIS LIFE.

I LEFT THIS BOOK OUT IN MY OFFICE LAST WEEK AND SEVERAL CHILDREN SPOTTED IT AND IT BECAME THE CATALYST FOR SOME PRODUCTIVE THERAPY.



2.  A BOOK REVIEW OF MY MAGICAL GARDEN
A BOOK BY TERRI ALLEN AND JAQUI GRAY

THIS BOOK WON THE 2014 CREATIVE CHILD MAGAZINE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD .


THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK IS A GUIDED VISUALIZATION THAT DIRECTS THE CHILD TO A MAGICAL GAREDEN OF THEIR OWN DESIGN.  INITIALLY THE CHILD RECEIVES A PROTECTIVE CLOAK TO WEAR IN THE GARDEN AND THEY CHOSE WHAT COLOR THEY WANT IT TO BE.  THE CHILD ALSO HAS MANY CHOICES BETWEEN DIFFERENT TYPES OF WATER ELEMENTS, THE KIND OF FLOWERS, TREES, ANIMALS, MAGIAL FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND/OR PETS.  AFTER MAKING THESE CHOICES, THE CHILD WILL USUALLY DECIDE TO DRAW THEIR GARDEN.


 A BONUS CD ACCOMPANIES THE BOOK AND IS TRULY THE ICING ON THE CAKE.  THE CLIENT LISTENS TO SOFT MUSIC WHILE A WOMAN WITH A SOOTHING BRITISH ACCENT LEADS THEM IN A GUIDED VISUALIZATION TO THEIR MAGICAL GARDEN.  THE VISUALIZATION BEGINS WITH THE CHILD BEING TRANSPORTED ON A CLOUD WHILE WEARING THEIR PROTECTIVE CLOAK.


A DIAGNOSTIC AID TO INTERPRETING THE CHILD'S MAGICAL GARDEN CHOICES IS FOUND IN THE BACK OF THE BOOK WITH THE SYMBOLIC MEANING OF EACH CHOICE.



3. A  BOOK REVIEW OF PENELOPE THE PEACOCK

STORY BY PARIS GOODYEAR-BROWN LCSW, RPT-S

ILLUSTRATED BY ERIC GOTT LPC-MHSP


PENELOPE THE PEACOCK IS A BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE STORY ABOUT THE UGLY AND HORRIFIC PROBLEM OF SEX TRAFFICKING.  MOTHERS WHO HAVE CONCEIVED A CHILD WHILE VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING ARE OFTEN ASKED, “WHO IS MY DADDY?”  PARIS GOODYEAR-BROWN, HAS PROVIDED THESE MOTHERS WITH A CHILDREN’S BOOK TO HELP ANSWER THIS DIFFICULT QUESTION.  PENELOPE IS A BEAUTIFUL PEACOCK THAT WAS TRAFFICKED, GAVE BIRTH, AND CREATED A NEW LIFE THAT INCLUDED LOVE, PURPOSE, AND SELF-ACCEPTANCE.

ERIC GOTT’S ILLUSTRATIONS ARE MAGNIFICENT!  HE HAS ADDED A DYNAMIC VISUAL ANCHOR TO THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE MOTHER AND CHILD.



4. GAPT HAS PLACED AN AD IN THE MAY ISSUE OF ATLANTA PARENT MAGAZINE  TO HELP REACH PARENTS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE BENEFITS OF PLAY THERAPY.  YOU WILL FIND IT ON PAGE 36.

THE DIGITAL VERSION OF THE MAGAZINE IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE AT ATLANTAPARENT.COM


5.  WE SUGGEST YOU CHECK THE FOR THERAPISTS PAGE TO PERIODICALLY MONITOR THE UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND JOB POSTINGS AVAILABLE. 

AND BE SURE TO FOLLOW GAPT ON FACEBOOK.  OUR VICE PRESIDENT, BETH PALUMBO, HAS ESTABLISHED AND IS MAINTAINING THIS PAGE.  PLEASE CONTACT BETH WITH ANY IDEAS OR QUESTIONS AT BethPalumbo.LCSW@hotmail.com


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6. Thanks to our Committee Chairs for their dedication to GAPT

 They are as follows:  

  • Community Outreach Chair: Renée Holdo
  • Job Posting Chair: Yolanda Fountain
  • IT/Website Chair: Brent Sweitzer
  • Membership Chair: Shannon Eller
  • Conference Co-Chairs: Trudy Post Sprunk and Cindy Oliver


With regard to committee work, GAPT follows APT'S policy of deleting from committees those members who do not participate and/or are non-responsive to committee chairs.  


7.  Interested in a List Serve?

Check on the APT website.  You will need your APT password.

  
8.  Are you on our E-MAIL database?

If you are unsure, or if your email address has changed, please contact Patrick Connors at: Patrick621@mac.com 


9. If you are a GAPT member, an APT approved provider, and the presenter, you may list your upcoming workshop on the "For Therapists" page of this website.

Please Email the relevant information to Patrick Connors at Patrick621@mac.com 

Relevant information includes the following:  Date, topic, speaker name, APT provider approval number, and contact name.  We also need a phone number, and/or email address, and/or link to your website. It is important that all information be received at least one month before the date of the event.  

10.  GAPT continues to be listed on the national provider directory for the autism community.

To see the list click here.  We also continue to be listed on the Georgia learning resource service list. www.glrs.org   You may earn non-contact credit by completing tests based upon the books and audio programs in APT'S e-learning center (you can listen to the latter free.)  These programs are not intended to compete with programs offered by approved providers and only feature niche topics hard to find elsewhere.  Although you may prefer to attend workshops in-person, explore the center and know your "distance learning options."  



11. The Red Cross Course Titled  Foundations Of Disaster Mental Health  Is offered periodically at the Atlanta Red Cross headquarters.  For further information about dates contact Kathy Haworth at 404-575-3182 or via email at khaworth@arcatl.org 



12.  The Association for Play Therapy (APT) invites you to join them and us as a member. APT promotes the value of play, play therapy, and the credentialing of play therapists.  Your APT/GAPT membership offers   

  1. the play therapy magazine  
  2. international journal  
  3. membership directory  
  4. conferences  
  5. professional credentialing  
  6. bookstore  
  7. professional insurance  
  8. research grants  
  9. research awards  
  10. distance learning.    

Both organizations have websites.  For more information about membership, call APT at 559-298-3400. 


 
13.  Outreach Activities One of GAPT'S ongoing Outreach Activities to our community continues to be the opportunity to visit the Play Therapy room of Trudy Post Sprunk and/or watch Play Therapy videos.  She has a substantial library of Play Therapy videos from which to choose.  You may schedule by contacting her at 770-491-7423.  The location of GAPT'S headquarters Is 4893 Lavista Road In Tucker.  There is no charge.  



14. ACAIT professional insurance is available to APT/AAPT members. For information contact Paul Nelson at 800-347-6647, extension 342.  



15.  I want everyone to be aware that APT has a brochure which can be used to promote play therapy. It is titled Why Play Therapy? This full-color brochure introduces play therapy to the general public and other mental health professionals. It includes photos and research citations and we have given them extensively at outreaches where we promote play therapy. GAPT has a supply and will provide you with a sample copy at your request. Email your request to me at TrudyPostSprunk@charter.net Copies in quantity can be ordered  by calling APT at 559-298-3400.  In addition, the brochure is also available in Spanish.  



 Trudy 

TrudyPostSprunk@charter.net  

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