Curriculum Vitae Highlights

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS

Canadian Association for Child & Play Therapy (CACPT)
• Full Professional Members
• Executive Board Member – Ken Gardner

Certified Child & Play Therapists’ & Play Therapy Supervisors (CPT-P & CPT-S)

Canadian Association for Child & Play Therapy (CACPT)
• Full Professional Members
• Executive Board Member – Ken Gardner

Alberta Play Therapy Association (APTA)
• Full Members

PUBLICATIONS and UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS

Yasenik, L., & Gardner, K. (2017). Counseling skills in action with children, adolescents, and adults. In E. Prendiville & J. Howard (eds.) Creative psychotherapies: Applying the principles of neurobiology to play and expressive-arts based practice. Routledge, New York, NY.

Yasenik, L., & Gardner, K. (2014). The consciousness dimension in play therapy: Sharpening the play therapist’s focus and skills (p. 29-46). In E. Prendiville & J. Howard (eds.) Play therapy today: Contemporary practice with individuals, groups and carers. Routledge, New York, NY.

Yasenik, L., & Gardner, K (2012). Play therapy dimensions model: A decision-making guide for integrative play therapists. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.

Gardner, K & Yasenik, L (2010). Waberjocky Island, in Creative Family Techniques: Play, Art, and Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions: Liana Lowenstein (ed).

Yasenik, L & Gardner, K (2010). Family Orchestra, in Creative Family Techniques: Play, Art, and Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions: Liana Lowenstein (ed).

Gardner, K. & Yasenik, L (2008). When approaches collide: A decision-making model for Play Therapists. In Drewes. A., & Mullen, J.A. (eds.) Supervision can be Playful: Techniques for Child & Play Therapy Supervisors ( Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

Yasenik, L., & Gardner, K. (2005). Comprehensive child-focused treatment planning workbook. Calgary: Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute.

Yasenik, L., & Gardner, K. (2004). Play therapy dimensions model: A decision-making guide for therapists. Calgary: Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute.

Gardner, K. (1996). Playing along with your pre-school child. Alberta Parent Quarterly, Summer, 1996, 17-18.

Gardner, K. (1985). The Self-Awareness Program: Group exercises for promoting a stronger sense of self in adolescents. Unpublished manuscript.

Gardner, K., & Lupart, J. (1989). Communicative competence in learning disabled and normally achieving males: Sociometric status and dyadic communicative abilities. Reading-Canada-Lecture, 7 (1), 50-67.

PRESENTATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY TRAININGS

2017

Red Stream (Part I): Advanced Theories and Techniques in Play Therapy. Special presentation for the Santiago Metafora group, Santiago Chile, July 11-13, 2017.

Green Stream (Part II): Foundations of Play Therapy.  Special presentation for the Santiago Metafora group, Santiago Chile, July 8-10, 2017.

Turning points in play therapy and the emergence of self: Understanding critical success factors in the therapeutic process. Keynote presentation for the British Association of Play Therapists, Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK, June 24th, 2017. Workshop also presented in Santiago, Chile, for the Santiago Metafora group, Santiago Chile, July 7, 2017.

Creative supervision strategies and techniques: A look at client world-view and impact on the play therapist. Workshop presentation for the International Play Therapy Study Group, Champneys, UK, June 18, 2017.

Turning points in play therapy: How therapist use of self impacts the relationship. Workshop presentation for the BCPTA/CAST Second Joint National Conference, Vancouver, BC, May 13, 2017.

Strengthening parent-child relationships. Program presentation for the Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Calgary, Alberta, February 16-17, 2017.

Yellow Stream: Certificate in Portable Play Based School & Outreach Counselling. Program presentation for Edmonton Catholic Schools – Edmonton, Alberta, March 1-3, 2017.

Case consultation on play-based interventions. Program presentation for the Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Calgary, Alberta, March 24, 2017.

2016

Yellow Stream: Certificate in Portable Play Based School & Outreach Counselling. Program presentation for Edmonton Catholic Schools – Edmonton, Alberta, January 20-22, 2016.

Yellow Stream: Introduction to Play Therapy: Essential Skills & Technique. Program presentation for the YWCA – Calgary, Alberta, February 10, 17 & 21, 2016.

Yellow Stream: Certificate in Sandplay Therapy. Program presentation for Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, February 25-26, 2016.

Applications of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the Integrative Play Therapist. One day workshop presentation for Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, February 29-March 2, 2016.

Supervision Training Using the Play Therapy Dimensions Model. Program presentation for Deakin University, Melbourne City Campus, Australia, March 3,4 – 2016.

Beyond the Discussion of Directiveness: Exploring the Dimensions of Play Therapy and Therapist Use of Self. Keynote/workshop presentation for the Idaho Chapter – Association for Play Therapy, Moscow Idaho, March 4, 2016.

Therapeutic storytelling from the inside out! Workshop presentation for the Idaho Chapter – Association for Play Therapy, Moscow Idaho, March 5, 2016.

An Introduction to the Play Therapy Dimensions Model. Workshop presentation for Santiago Metafora, Santiago Chile, May 5th, 2016.

Using Play & Creative/Expressive Activities with Traumatized Clients. Workshop presentation for Santiago Metafora, Santiago Chile, May 6, 2016.  Santiago Metafora – Santiago Chile

Therapeutic Story Telling: Understanding play themes & metaphors. Workshop presentation for Santiago Metafora, Santiago Chile, May 7, 2016.

Red Stream: Advanced Theories and Techniques in Play Therapy. Program presentation for Centar Proventus, Zagreb, Croatia, June 7-15, 2016.

Group Supervision session facilitated by Dr. Lorri Yasenik and Ken Gardner, in Zagreb Croatia, June 16th, 2016.

Green Stream: Foundations of Play Therapy. Calgary, Alberta, July 18-26, 2016.

 Red Stream: Advanced Theories and Techniques in Play Therapy, Calgary, Alberta, August 15-23, 2016.

Green Stream (Part III): Foundations of Play Therapy. Hong Kong September 13-15 – 2016.

Red Stream (Part III): Advanced Theories and Techniques in Play Therapy.Hong Kong September 16th-18th, 2016.

Green Stream: Foundations of Play Therapy. Program sponsored by Saffron Centre, Alberta, September 26-30; October 17-20, 2016.

Certificate in Sandplay with Special Populations. Calgary, Alberta, November 2-4, 2016.

Tye Dye International Play Therapy Study Group (Advanced Play Therapy Study Group – Topic: Relational Trauma). Canmore, Alberta, November 5-6, 2016.

Understanding Interpersonal Relational Trauma: Top 10 Factors that Expressive/Play Therapists Need to Consider! Workshop presentation for:  Tye Dye: An Advanced Play Therapy Study Group –First Annual International Study Group Session, November 5th, 2016 Canmore, Alberta.

Introduction to Play Therapy: Essential Skills & Techniques. Three-day Yellow Stream workshop for The Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, November 16-18 2016, Calgary, Alberta.

Certificate in Play-Based Treatment of Trauma. Calgary, Alberta, December 5-7, 2016.

2015

Advanced Play Therapy Techniques:Decision-making factors in play therapy process. Workshop presentation for the International Play Therapy Study Group, Wroxton, England, June 24, 2015.

Foundations of Play Therapy (Green Stream Program) Part 2. Workshop presentation for Centar Proventus, Zagreb, Croatia, January 21-25, 2015.

Certificate in Play-Based School and Outreach Counselling. Certificate program sponsored by the Central Alberta Regional Consortium (CARC), Red Deer, Alberta, February 4-7, 2015.

Foundations of Play Therapy (Green Stream Program) Part 1 & 2. Workshop presentation for Pathfinder Body & Mind Consultants (HK) Ltd. Location- Hong Kong, February 22-27, 2015.

Advanced Theories & Techniques of Play Therapy (Red Stream Program) Part 2. Workshop presentation for Pathfinder Body & Mind Consultants (HK) Ltd. Location- Hong Kong, February 28-March 2, 2015.

2014

Beyond the discussion of directiveness: Exploring the dimensions of play therapy and therapist use of self. Keynote/full-day workshop for the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK, June 21, 2014.
Click here to read the keynote address.

Play-based treatment of trauma (Certificate Program). Sherwood Park, Alberta, September 15-18, 2014.

Therapeutic storytelling from the inside-out. Full-day workshop for the Alberta Play Therapy Association (APTA), Calgary, Alberta, November 7th, 2014.

Foundations of Play Therapy (Green Stream Program) Part 1. Zagreb, Croatia, June 5-8, 2014.

Advanced Theories & Techniques of Play Therapy (Red Stream Program) Part 1. Zagreb, Croatia, June 9-12, 2014.

Foundations of Play Therapy (Green Stream Program) Part 1 & 2. Workshop presentation for Pathfinder Body & Mind Consultants (HK) Ltd. Location – Hong Kong, February 2-9, 2014.

2013

Stage One- Foundations of Play Therapy. Training provided for Pathfinders Ltd., Hong Kong, August 1-5, 2013.

The Dimension of Consciousness in Play Therapy. Workshop presentation for the International Play Therapy Study Group, Skarrildhus, Denmark, June 24th, 2013.

Applications of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model: Essential knowledge and skills for the intentional play therapist. Two-day workshop presentation for the Third Annual International Play Therapy Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 19-20. 2013.

Therapeutic stories that really work. Keynote address for the Third Annual International Play Therapy Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 21, 2013.

Therapeutic storytelling from the inside out! Workshop presentation for the Third Annual International Play Therapy Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 21, 2013.

Green Stream Foundations of Play Therapy Program. Training provided for Proventus, Zagreb, Croatia. June 8-16, 2013.

2012

Developing your therapeutic play skills: Adapting play and expressive techniques to your practice. Workshop series presentation for Centar Proventus, Zagreb,Croatia, June 7-10, 2012.

Facilitative play-based techniques for promoting social and emotional growth in young children with developmental challenges. Program presentation for the Boy`s and Girls` Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, May 1, 2012.

Vitalizing attunement: Using family play therapy and play-based techniques to strengthen parent-child relationships. Program presentation for the Boy`s and Girls` Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, May 2-3, 2012.

Play-based strategies for children with AD/HD: Building resiliency, emotional self-regulation and personal competencies. Program presentation for the Boy`s and Girls` Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, May 4, 2012.

Enhancing supervisee’s awareness of Use of Self: Therapist Immersion. Half-day workshop presentation for the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy Annual Conference, Calgary, AB, April 27th, 2012.

Certificate in Portable Play Therapy Tools for the School-Based Counselor. Presentation for Alberta Health Services – ESHP Program –Edmonton. Edmonton, Alberta, February 8-10, 2012.

2011

Intermediate Level Training in Play Therapy: Play Therapy Process, Play Therapy Techniques, Play-Based Assessment Skills and Documentation of Outcomes. Program presentation for the Boy`s and Girls`Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, October 4-7, 2011

One-Day Introduction to Play Therapy. Presentation for the Family School Wellness Workers of Cremona and Westglen Schools. RMPTI training site, September 30, 2011.

An Introduction to Play Therapy. Guest lecture presentation for CHST 2283 – Supporting Children through Play (Bachelor of Applied Child Studies Program). Mount Royal University, March 10, 2011.

Applications of Play-Based Methods & Techniques: Addressing Issues Related to Children’s Adjustment. Workshop presentation for Alberta Health Services – Aspen Region: Hinton, Alberta. February 14-15, 2011.

An Introduction to Play Therapy: Play-Based Techniques and Processes. Workshop presentation for Alberta Health Services – Aspen Region: Hinton, Alberta.  January 10-11, 2011.

2010

Play Based-Treatment of Trauma, Yellow Stream Certificate Program delivered in Calgary, Alberta, December 6-9, 2010.

Introduction to Play Therapy, Workshop presentation for the Boy’s and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, October 4-7, 2010.

Post Certification Stream: Play Therapy Supervision Certification Program (Part I), presentation for the Boy’s and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, October 8, 2010.

Play Therapy: Tapping in to the Therapeutic Powers of Play, Workshop presentation for the Alberta Association of Family School Liaison Workers, October 1, 2010, Radisson Hotel, Calgary.

MFAM –516 Play Therapy. Three day intensive course offered through the Marital and Family Therapy Canadian Campus Program of Loma Linda University, April 19-21, 2010.

Certificate in Portable Play-Based School and Outreach Counselling. Yellow Stream certificate program delivered to the Family Support Liaison Program of Vermillion; Vermillion Alberta, March 2-5, 2010.

Strategies for Enhancing Parent-Child Relationships. Workshop presentation for Yellow Quill First Nations, Yellow Quill Saskatchewan, February 25-26, 2010.

Play Therapy: Tapping in to the Therapeutic Powers of Play. Keynote address for the Connecting for Kids: School-Based Mental Health Training for Alberta Health Services. Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta, February 2, 2010.

Facilitative Play-Based Techniques for Strengthening Relationships and Enhancing Social-Emotional Development in Children. Workshop presentation for the Connecting for Kids: School-Based Mental Health Training for Alberta Health Services. Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta, February 2, 2010.

2009

Treating Traumatized Children: Play-Based Approaches & Applications. Workshop presentation for the Clinician’s Group of Whitehorse; Whitehorse, Yukon, November 16-18, 2009

Introduction to Play Therapy. Workshop presentation for the Boy’s and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, October 6-9, 2009.

How Directive Should I be? Applications of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model for Clinical Decision Making. Workshop presentation for the British Association of Play Therapists, Annual Conference, June 28th, 2009. Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

Identifying Dissociative Phenomena in the Play Therapy Setting. Workshop presentation at the International Play Therapy Study Groups, June 21, 2009. Wroxton College of Farleigh Dickenson University in Wroxton, England. Dr. Charles Schaefer, Program Coordinator.

2008 and previous

Certificate in Portable Play-Based School Counselling. Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute, Calgary Alberta, November 2,3,4 2007; February 9-10, 2008.

A Case Conceptualization Approach to Supervision. Workshop presentation at the ‘International Play Therapy Study Group’ Workshops, June 19, 2007, Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickenson University in Wroxton, England, June 19th, 2006.

Certificate in Play-Based Relationship Enhancement. Workshop presentation for the Boy’s and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, May 21-25, 2007.

Brief Play Techniques for Resolving Children’s Adjustment Issues. Workshop presentation at the First International Congress about Child Development, Play & Learning, Chihuahua, Mexico, March 16th, 2007.

Introduction to Theraplay Certificate: Co-facilitated with Dr. Evangeline Munns, Calgary Alberta Nov. 1- 4, 2006

Delivered Certified Training to the Girls and Boys Club of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
October 18 – 20, 2006: How Directive Should I Be?
October 21, 2006: Brightening the Relationship: Treatment of Attachment, and Family Play Therapy.

Mount Royal College Conflict Resolution Program: Understanding Family Conflict and Children in Conflict. Downtown Calgary Campus and Bylaw Offices January 4 & 5 and Feb. 13 &14, 2006.

Certified Training: Kids First Staff in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Certificate in Play-Based Relationship Enhancement. September 4-7, 2006

Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute: Certificate In Therapeutic Play Skills. Calgary, Feb. 20-24, 2006.

MFAM –516 Play Therapy. Three day intensive course offered through the Marital and Family Therapy Canadian Campus Program of Loma Linda University, May 8-10, 2006.

Innovative Play Therapy Approaches: Applications of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model. Half-day workshop presentation for the Alberta College of Social Workers Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, March 25th/06

Post-certification Play Therapy Supervision Certification Program. Presented for the Children’s Therapy Centre (CTC), Ballymore, Ireland, March 6-10, 2006.

Shifting the Focus: Conceptualizing the Adult Attachment Role in Treating Children. Half-day workshop presentation for the Association of Play Therapy International Conference, Nashville, USA, October 8, 2006.

Avoid the Danger of Random Eclecticism: An Integrative Approach to Play Therapy Supervision. Two day advanced training in supervision using Play Therapy Dimensions Model for Play Therapists, presented at Play Therapy United Kingdom, 2005, International Congress; Warwick University, UK, June 27-28, 2005

How Directive Should I Be?: The Ultimate Dilemma for Play Therapists Half-day workshop presentation for Play Therapy United Kingdom 2005 International Congress; Warwick University, UK , June 26, 2005

Brief Play Techniques to Resolve Issues Related to Children’s Adjustment – Presented September 20, 2004 at Rocky Mountain Play therapy Institute, Calgary, Alberta.

Shifting the focus: Conceptualizing the adult attachment role in treating children. Half-day conference workshop presented at Play Therapy International 2004 World Congress; Chichester, England, June 16, 2004.

When supervision is serious fun: The dynamic play-based supervision model. One day pre-conference workshop presented at Play Therapy International 2004 World Congress; Chichester, England, June 14, 2004.

Attachment through the Life Cycle. Workshop presentation for the Saskatchewan Psychological Society of Saskatchewan; Regina, Saskatchewan, May 2, 2003.

Conceptualizing attachment treatment. Half day workshop presentation for the Psychological Society of Saskatchewan; Regina, Saskatchewan, May 3, 2003.

Working with traumatized children. Half day workshop presentation for the Psychological Society of Saskatchewan; Regina, Saskatchewan, May 3, 2003.

One week intensive training: Specialized Topics. Workshop designed for the Hay River Community Health Board; Hay River, NorthWest Territories, March 4-7, 2003.

One week intensive training: Specialized Topics. Workshop designed for Fort McMurray Community Mental Health; Fort McMurray, Alberta, March 4-7, 2003.

Play based child and family interventions Two day workshop presentation for Wolfcreek School Division; Lacombe, Alberta, February 28 – March 1, 2003.

Supervising child therapists: Matching supervision style and process to therapist needs. Workshop presentation for the Canadian Play Therapy Institute, Kingston Ontario, August 9, 2001.

Preparing comprehensive play-based assessments. Two day workshop offered by RMPTI, Calgary, May 11 & 12, 2001.

MFAM 516 – Play Therapy. Three day intensive course offered at Loma Linda University, Canadian Campus, March, 2000, 2001 & 2003.

Expert witness testimony in court: Readiness skills for child & play therapists. Full day workshop presentation, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute, Calgary, Alberta, September, 2000. Presentation also sponsored by Lethbridge Family Services, Lethbridge, Alberta, May 26, 2000.

An introduction to sandplay: An experiential training workshop. Full day workshop offered in Medicine Hat, co-sponsored by the Alberta Play Therapy Association and Children’s Mental Health, September 28, 2001. Offered as a stand alone workshop by RMPTI, in Calgary, April 21st, 2000.

Expert witness testimony: Therapist preparation for court testimony. Presentation given to Ph.D. students in Counselling Psychology, University of Calgary, Department of Education, January 12, 2000.

Addressing the challenge of highly dissociative children and adolescents: A systemic approach. Full day workshop presentation for Play Therapy International, Toronto, March 26, 2001: the Year 2000 World Congress on Child & Play Therapy (Play Therapy International), Dublin, Ireland, June 2000: 1988 World Congress on Child and Play Therapy (P.T.I.), Waikiki, Honolulu Hawaii, April, 1988. Presented as part of the International Conference Series, Play Therapy International, Calgary Alberta, April 13, 1999 and Red Deer College Children’s Services Centre, October 23, 1999.

Comprehensive child-focused assessment strategies. Two day workshop presentation, Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute, Calgary, September 16 & 17, 1999 and May 4, 2004.

Understanding and working with trauma. One day workshop for professionals in Taber Alberta, September, 1999; sponsored by Alberta Child and Family Services.

Moving beyond the critical incident: Recognizing the impact on the individual and community. A post-crisis intervention workshop for professionals, emphasizing the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on children and families. Presented in Taber, Alberta, June 11, 1999.

An introduction to play therapy. A two-day workshop series for professionals, organized by the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC), February 17,18, 1999 – Calgary.

Merging spheres: Techniques for involving children in brief family work. Full day workshop for the Summer Play Therapy Institute of the Canadian Play Therapy Institute, Kingston, Ontario, August 2, 1999. Presented at the Alberta Association of Registered Social Workers, Annual Conference, Calgary Alberta, March, 1997. Family Service Canada Annual Conference, Calgary Alberta, October 4, 1996.

Using Co-play therapy with children. Workshop presented at the Third Annual Kingston Summer Play Therapy Institute, Kingston, August, 1997 and Alberta Play Therapy Association, Seminar Series, Calgary, December 4, 1995.