We are looking to hear about the amazing work that Play Therapists in Iowa are doing!!!!! Do you know someone that has inspired you or others to be a better play therapist? Do you know someone that has worked to advance Play Therapy in their community? We want to recognize them for their work!!! Beginning June 1st through July 2nd 2017 we will be taking nominations for these following awards! The recipients will be presented with these awards at our annual conference in September.

Lifetime Achievement Award –

This award is to be given to an IAPT professional member in good standing that has been a leader in the field of Play Therapy in the state of Iowa. If retired, has been an APT/IAPT professional in good standing. This is an award given as long as there is a suitable candidate. Member nominations due beginning of June with it awarded in September at the Iowa annual conference.

Criteria

1. Professional Scholarship – Therapist has contributed to research or other scholarly work through endeavors such as presenting at conferences, published research, or other publications (ie: newspaper articles).

2. Trainings – Provided substantial quality and or quantity of play therapy undergraduate and/or graduate instruction, continuing education, and/or supervision that advanced the field of play therapy.

3. Advocacy – Therapist has advocated for the health, wellbeing and protection of children and adolescents.

4. Advancing the Field of Play Therapy – Therapist has conducted substantial quality/quantity of public education or promotion that significantly advanced the field of play therapy.

5. Mentorship & Supervision – Has encouraged and assisted others in exploring interest in play therapy and achieving their RPT/S status.

6. Community Involvement – Therapist has been involved in making their community a better place for children and adolescents.

7. Currently in Practice – Therapist has carried a caseload over the last year that emphasized the use of play therapy.

Has abided by the Code of Ethics, standard of practice and all other legal standards and requirements promulgated by those authorities by which nominee has been granted license or certification.

We encourage nominator to include letters of support of the nominee for this award.

Play Therapist of the Year Award

This award will be given on a yearly basis to a RPT/S that has shown leadership, passion, and promotion for the field of Play Therapy in the state of Iowa. Nominee is currently an IAPT member in good standing. This award is given as long as there is a suitable candidate. Member nominations due beginning of June with it awarded in September at the Iowa annual conference.

1. RPT/S who shows dedication to promoting play therapy.

2. Has carried a caseload over the last year that emphasized the use of play therapy.

3. Engages in learning opportunities such as supervision, workshops, and reading professional literature to better him/herself as a play therapist.

4. Has encouraged assisted others in exploring interest in play therapy and/or achieving their RPT/S status.

5. Provided play therapy undergraduate and/or graduate instruction, continuing education, and/or supervision that advanced the field of play therapy.

Has abided by the Code of Ethics, standard of practice and all other legal standards and requirements promulgated by those authorities by which nominee has been granted license or certification.

Rookie of the Year Award

This award will be given on a yearly basis in recognition of a new play therapist that has demonstrated passion, commitment and excitement for the field of play therapy in the state of Iowa. This award is given as long as there is a suitable candidate. Member nominations due beginning of June with it awarded in September at the Iowa annual conference.

1. A therapist who is in their first 3 years of practice as a play therapist.

2. Has demonstrated passion for play therapy.

3. Has a genuine interest in helping children, adolescents, and families.

4. Commits to ethical and professional behavior.

5. Engages in learning opportunities such as supervision, workshops, and reading professional literature to better him/herself as a play therapist.

6. Is working toward their RPT/S or has received it.

Has abided by the Code of Ethics, standard of practice and all other legal standards and requirements promulgated by those authorities by which nominee has been granted license or certification.

Mentorship Award

This is award is given on a yearly basis to an Iowa therapist that has demonstrated support of RPT/S and those working toward RPT/S status; models advocacy, ethical behavior, and professionalism. Encourages other play therapist and play therapists in-training to become better practitioners. This award is given as long as there is a suitable candidate. Member nominations due beginning of June with it awarded in September at the Iowa annual conference.

Has abided by the Code of Ethics, standard of practice and all other legal standards and requirements promulgated by those authorities by which nominee has been granted license or certification.20

2017 Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award – Terry Kottman Ph.D., RPT-S, NCC, LMHC

Because she has been the light and guide for many of us on our own play therapy path it only makes sense that the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is, Terry Kottman. Terry has been referred to as the “god-mother” of Adlerian Play Therapy. She is the founder of The Encouragement Zone where she provides play therapy training and supervision, life coaching, counseling, and “play-shops for women.” She is an international speaker, author, and I am told a “wonderful” theater actress. I could go on listing her accomplishments but Terry is much more than her accomplishments.

Play Therapist of the Year – Jen Alexander MA, NCC, SB-RPT

The recipient has shown a strong and steady dedication to practicing and promoting play therapy for more than 15 years, devoting her professional career to helping children in her role as an elementary school counselor.  She has encouraged many of the masters’ students placed with her for internship and practicum to follow in her footsteps as a school counselor who is also a play therapist.  She has continued to engage in learning opportunities throughout the past twenty years, taking classes, teaching classes, learning and teaching.  She recently finished writing a new book–a book designed to help teachers and parents understand the importance of supporting children who have experienced trauma.  She is Iowa’s first School Based-Registered Play Therapist.

Rookie of the Year – Jessica Pladsen MA, LMFT

This year’s recipient is passionate about utilizing play therapy techniques and is finishing up her supervision to become an RPT-S.   She is constantly seeking new information and education in the field of play therapy in order to expand on her ability to the treat the children in her practice.

 

 

Mentorship Award – Lindsey Swales LISW, CTP

The recipient has demonstrated the utmost professionalism with her clients, and works hard to advocate for them and represent them in any way that she can. In her role as a therapist, she exemplifies the ethics of our field, and demonstrates strong role-modeling skills for clients and parents. She works hard to help transfer her skills to other practitioners.  Her experiences and willingness to share them with others sends a positive message to the therapists she mentors, as well as the other providers with whom she coordinates care. Her attention to detail, and her willingness to take the time to teach others in the way they best understand sets her apart.