HU graduate school to host play therapy workshop

HUNTINGTON, Ind. The Huntington University Graduate SchoolCounseling Program will sponsor a workshop designed to provide tips, tools and techniques to participants to teach to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities and other disorders. The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 in Banquet Room B in the Habecker Dining Commons on the university's campus.

Dr. Brenda L. Bierdeman, licensed clinical psychologist and certified play therapist-professor, will lead the workshop. The workshop is called "Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth: Tips, tools and techniques for kids with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, LD and more."

Bierdeman is from upstate New York where she has worked with children and families for more than 25 years. She holds advanced degrees from Illinois School of Professional Psychology and Asbury Theological Seminary. Bierdeman is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Play Therapy and is a certified professor of play therapy by the International Board of Examiners of Certified Play Therapists. Bierdeman has presented workshops and retreats across the U.S. and internationally.

To register for the event, contact Lori Garde at 260-359-4039 or 888-424-7231 or at by Aug. 17. The public is invited to attend.

Registration costs $75 for one professional individual, $60 for two or more professionals registering together, $10 for a student registering with their student I.D. and $50 for a parent to register who has a child with a neurological disorder. Parents are encouraged to attend the workshop.

Interested participants also will earn six continuing education credit hours made available through the National Board of Certified Counselors and the Association for Play Therapy.

Huntington University's counseling program offers unique educational experiences both in and out of the classroom. The program works hard to prepare students in a way that will distinguish them from others within the field. Some of the program distinctives include high-quality faculty, intentionality in faith integration and LMHC licensure, extensive theoretical breadth, experiential learning opportunities, and a commitment to community impact. Students gain hands-on experience working in the LifeSpring Counseling Center where they will conduct individual, couple, family or group counseling under the supervision of a faculty member.