Core Faculty: Co-Directors

Lorri Yasenik and Ken Gardner are the co-directors of the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute and are internationally recognized in the field of play therapy as certified play therapists, supervisors, instructors and presenters.

Lorri A. Yasenik, PhD, RSW, RPT-S, CPT-S

Lorri is the co-director/co-owner of Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute, an international training institute for the study and treatment of children. She is the past co-owner of Rocky Mountain Psychological services where she was Clinical Director for over 10 years. Lorri has dedicated her professional life to working with children families and individuals. She has over 27 years experience in the clinical field of practice. She is a Registered Clinical Social Work Supervisor, Certified and Registered Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy Supervisor, Registered Family Mediator, and a Registered Parenting Coordinator-Arbitrator. Lorri is the Past President of the Alberta Family Mediation Society and the 2010 recipient of the Dr. John Haynes Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to family mediation in Alberta. Lorri served as a member of the Clinical Committee, a Regulatory Standing Committee for the Alberta College of Alberta for two terms and is a founding member of the Alberta Play Therapy Association.

Lorri has expertise in working with treatment of trauma, high conflict separation and divorce situations and a range of children’s issues. She delivers international training in child and play therapy and children and family law. Lorri completed her Doctoral Dissertation on the topic of, “ Including the Voices of Children of Separation and Divorce in the Legal System”. Lorri has a keen interest in children’s rights.

Ken Gardner, M.Sc., R.Psych (CPT-S)

Ken is a Registered Psychologist with a background in clinical, school and community psychology. Ken has been practicing as a Psychologist since 1989, as a Certified Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist since 1999, and as a Certified Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy Supervisor since 2008. Ken specializes in the areas of play therapy for children with emotional and/or developmental concerns, and educational evaluations for students experiencing learning and/or developmental difficulties. As the co-director of the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute (RMPTI) Ken has extensive experience as a trainer and regularly teaches in the area of Child and Play Therapy, both nationally and internationally. He is the co-author (with Dr. Lorri Yasenik) of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model: An Decision-Making Guide for Integrative Play Therapists (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Second Edition, 2012). Ken has also co-authored several chapters on topics such as play therapy supervision, family play-techniques and the use of consciousness in play therapy. Ken is a past executive board member of the Canadian Association for Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy (CACPT), the Alberta Play Therapy Association (APTA), and the Calgary SCOPE Society. In 2011 Ken was presented the Monica Hebert Award for his contribution and dedication to Play Therapy in Canada.

Additional Members of the Training Faculty

Senior tutors, who themselves are widely recognized as expert instructors and clinicians, provide the following areas of instruction:

  • Expressive arts
  • Attachment theory
  • Drama & movement
  • Legal/ethical issues
  • Music
  • Family systems work & family play therapy
  • Sandplay
  • Puppetry