My name is: Janine York
What I do for the board:
I am the secretary as of the 2019 conference and I am on the Publication Committee.
Why and when I joined the board:
I joined the board in 2018 as a prospective member and was voted onto the board at the 2019 conference. I joined the board because I love play therapy and wanted to be involved at a different level. I am excited to be a part of growing the Pennsylvania Branch of APT by making connections with members and the community at large.
I play at (where I work and what I do for fun):
I work at a group private practice in Birdsboro (near Reading). I joined the practice in February 2018 after moving to PA from Upstate NY. I am the only play therapist at the practice and have worked to educate the other psychologists about play therapy. When I am not at work I enjoy taking my dogs for walks with my family, hiking, going to the beach and just spending time with my family. I am also active at my church and enjoy participating in mission events.
Where I learned to play (school/trainings):
My first exposure to play therapy was during my Bachelor's program where I observed play therapists at a local hospital and wrote a paper on play therapy. I also had the opportunity to do play therapy at a community mental health center during my Master's program. I studied with Athena Drewes during my doctoral internship at Astor Family Services for Children and Families in Rhinebeck, NY. While there I also had the privilege of studying under David Crenshaw. In recent years, I have enjoyed learning from Dr. Jodi Mullen and completed a 2 year certificate program in Mindfulness Based Play Family Therapy with Dottie Higgins-Klein through the Family and Play Therapy Center in Philadelphia.
Why play therapy:
I knew in high school I wanted to work with children in some capacity and once I learned about play therapy I was hooked. It was amazing to me the change in the first child I worked with in a play room and I never looked back! Through continuing education trainings
My favorite play therapy book (why?):
My favorite children’s book:
Peaceful Piggy Meditates
My favorite play therapy technique:
My favorite play therapy quote:
"Enter into children's play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts and souls meet."
- Virginia Axline