My name is:
Jacqueline George, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT (Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist)
What I do for the board:
I am a past president and I am able to provide some historical answers to questions when they arise because I have been involved with the board for so long. Because I am an organized person I really enjoy helping with the many details at our annual conferences 😊
Why and when I joined the board:
I first joined the board in 2002 and have served twice as the PA APT President. I choose to be involved because I am passionate about play therapy and its effectiveness in helping children reach their goals.
I play at (where I work and what I do for fun):
For the past five years I have been in private practice in York, PA.
When I have the opportunity to play my saxophone, play card games with my family or ride horses I am especially happy!
Where I learned to play (school/trainings):
My introduction to play therapy came in 1990 when I attended multiple day conferences led by Garry Landreth and by Byron Norton. I fell in love with play therapy!
Why play therapy:
Preschoolers are my favorite age to work with and play therapy is their forte!
My favorite play therapy book (why?):
Animal Assisted Play Therapy by Rise VanFleet and Tracie Faa-Thompson is my favorite play therapy book. It takes the importance of the relationship (which is central to Child Centered Play Therapy) and expands it to include the involvement of an animal partner. I have two cats who are approved through the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy and they add a dynamic element to the therapy process!
My favorite children’s book:
Two books I use a lot in therapy with children are:
Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet: How to Deal With Bullies by Catherine DePino (this book gives an entire list of things to do besides “tell the teacher”)
My Body Is Private by Linda W. Girard – (this book teaches No-Go-Tell to keep our bodies safe)
My favorite play therapy technique:
Pinch Me Therapy Dough (www.PinchMeDough.com) is a favorite of children in my play therapy room.
One of my favorite directive techniques is using animal pictures in an activity related to Responsibility for Behavior
My favorite play therapy quote:
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” –
George Bernard Shaw