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The Neurobiological Power of Play

September 21 - September 22

$125.00 – $240.00
Rick Gaskill The Neurobiological Power of Play

Utah Association for Play Therapy presents:

The Neurobiological Power of Play

with Dr. Rick Gaskill

Description: Over the past two decades, research has clearly documented the vulnerability of the developing brain and the negative impact of social and emotional trauma on brain functioning. It is now apparent that traumatic and neglectful developmental experiences alter normal brain development in all parts of the brain depending on the nature of the maltreatment, developmental stage of the child, and the quality of the nurturing environment. As play therapists learn more about brain development, brain organization, and the impact of trauma we are better able to identify play therapy interventions likely to be effective treatment options.

Day 1 Objectives:
1. Learn key neurobiological concepts critical to intervention design
2. Identify sensory modalities that impact specific brain regions
3. List functional neurobiological indicators of children suffering from social emotional maltreatment.

Day 2 Objectives:
1. Identify important developmentally sensitive modalities impacting specific brain regions
2. Integrate brain region specific play activities into your play therapy treatment design
3. Develop play therapy protocol listing dosing, social ratios, and play activities.

September 21 & 22, 2018

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day

12 CEUs available

Event Location

Utah Valley Hospital

1034 North 500 West

Provo, UT 84604

Presenter Bio

Dr. Rick Gaskill has worked in community mental health for over 40 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Sumner Mental Health Center in Wellington, KS. Rick also served as Children’s Director and Clinical Director before becoming the CEO. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and an Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor. Rick was a founding member and past president of the Kansas Association for Play Therapy and currently serves as the on the Board of Directors for the national Association for Play Therapy as well as a reviewer for the International Journal for Play Therapy.

Dr. Gaskill has been an adjunct faculty member at Wichita State University since 1995. He teaches play therapy and supervises play therapy practica. He was a cofounder of the WSU Approved Play Therapy Center in 2010. Dr. Gaskill has published 4 book chapters (3 with Dr. Bruce Perry), a research article, and magazine articles regarding the neurobiology of trauma and the use of play therapy and NMT guided play activities. He lectured and consulted on children’s therapy; therapeutic preschools, and integration of school based mental health systems throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia over the past 20 years.

He was awarded the Chairman’s Award from Future’s Unlimited in 1997, the Kansas Head Start Partner of the Year in 2005, and he was named a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in 2004. In 2006, he was one of the Regional Administrator’s Leadership Award Winners for ACF Region VI of the Department of Health and Human Services and in 2013 served on the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force for the State of Kansas. In 2014, Dr. Gaskill was honored with the Exemplary Service to Children and Families Award at the Kansas Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. In 2015, He was also recognized for his work with traumatized preschoolers by the National Association to Protect Children in 2017. Wichita State University awarded him the College of Education’s Champion of Education Award the same year. Also in 2017 Dr. Gaskill was presented the Alice Eberhart-Wright Visionary Award for his outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of early childhood mental health by the Kansas Association of Infant Mental Health.


September 21
September 22
$125.00 – $240.00


Utah Play Therapy Association


Utah Valley Hospital
1034 North 500 West
Provo, UT 84604 United States
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