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OHU Staff Member Completes Training as Registered Play Therapist

Recently, Amy Overmyer, a therapist with One Hope United, completed training to become a Registered Play Therapist. Play therapy is used to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. Amy plans to use these skills with children who are in foster care or who have experienced trauma.

“Becoming a Registered Play Therapist is quite an achievement and worthy of recognition,” said Rachel Gubbins, director of programs for OHU. “This skill will be a great asset to One Hope United’s counseling team.”

As part of the 150 hours of training required to become an RPT, Amy completed the Play Therapy Intensive Training, a six-day training in Greeley, Colorado with psychologists and authors Byron and Carol Norton who wrote “Reaching Children Through Play Therapy: An Experiential Approach.” She also completed Introductory Theraplay and Marshack Interaction Method training, a four-day training at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, Illinois.

“I have been focusing on how to incorporate play therapy interventions into existing evidence-based practices models,” said Amy Overmyer. “I also enjoy teaching others about play therapy, and I hope to be able to provide play therapy training to OHU staff as well as other community therapists.”