Play Therapy Training in Chillicothe


Chillicothe, Ohio

For more information, contact:

Dawn Whiteside, (740) 442-3589


Cheryl Catron, (740) 618-0655

3rd Annual Summer Play Therapy Bootcamp

June 9-12, 2019


Registration for the 2019 Bootcamp is now available!


Nightly campfires and s’mores, all meals and snacks provided, with an opportunity to earn 27 CEs. We hope that you will be able to join us at the relaxing Burr Oak State Park Resort nestled in the hills of southeastern Ohio.

To reserve a room,

Call (740) 767-2112

& mention "Counseling Source/MPTI"
to reserve best available room or cabin.


$489 Cost Includes:


  • Meals & snacks each day of training
  • 27 CEs
  • Campfire experience
  • Optional outdoor activities
  • Additional costs:
    • T-shirts $25
    • Lodging $99 per night per room or cabin


Sophia Ansari, LPCC

Brian Bethel, PhD, LPCC-S, LCDC III, RPT-S

Cherie Catron, MEd, LPCC-S, RPT-S

Elisa Gambill, LPC

Hilda Glazer, EdD, LPCC-S, RPT-S

Julie Oates, MEd, LPCC-S, RPT-S

Christina M. Scott, MEd, LPCC, NCC

Dawn Whiteside, MEd, LICDC, LPC, RPT

Speaker Bios:

Sophia Ansari, LPCC, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is the coordinator for the Midwest Play Therapy Institute in Chicago, IL.She is an author, national speaker and provides workshops on play therapy to mental health professionals. Sophia co-hosts Hero Nation, a podcast which celebrates diversity in the media and explores how to use geek culture in therapy. ​ Sophia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wright State University and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.


Brian Bethel, PhD., ​LPCC-S, LCDC III, Registered Play Therapist-S is a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC -S), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC III), and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT -S). Brian received his undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as his Masters degrees in Clinical Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling from Ohio University. Brian has dedicated much of his professional experience to providing counseling services to children impacted by trauma. As the child therapist for The Child Protection. Brian serves as an independent trainer and consultant. He has served as a professional consultant to a number of foster care agencies, schools, residential centers, and court programs. Brian has been an invited present on a local, state, national, and international level.​


Cherie Catron, M.Ed, LPCC-S, RPT-S is a Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor (LPCC-S), Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), and a licensed teacher.  She graduated from Ohio University with a BS in Secondary Education and a M.Ed. in Professional, Community & School Counseling. She worked as an English teacher for 12 years before becoming a counselor. Currently she works with children age 5-13 and their families within the context of the public school.  In that setting, she often provides individual counseling as well as consultation and training to teachers and administrators.  In the summer, she serves a nonprofit in Kenya, East Africa where she participates in teacher training, mental health workshops, women’s conferences, and HIV/Aids & Hygiene education.


Elisa Gambill, LPC is a licensed professional counselor with a Master’s of Education in Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson College.  She is currently working towards her independent counseling licensure and the credential of Registered Play Therapist from the Association for Play Therapy.  She has experience within school based counseling working with children from the age of four to nineteen.  Her professional interests include play therapy, positive psychology, and working on research to advance treatment in postpartum depression clients.  She takes a personalized approach when working with each client. She is currently working on presenting her techniques and ideas to help educate other professionals in the field.


Hilda R. Glazer, EdD, PCC-S, RPT-S is a faculty member at Capella University and Director of the Capella Center for the Study of Play Therapy.  In addition she has a private practice and is a part-time bereavement counselor with the Mount Carmel Hospice and Palliative Care in Columbus. Dr. Glazer specializes in grief and trauma.  Hilda’s doctorate is in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University and her MS in Counseling is from the University of North Texas.  Her previous academic positions include, Associate Professor of Allied Health Education at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, Dean of Psychology at Walden University and Chair of Educational Psychology at Capella University.  She is widely published with over 50  articles and 14 book chapters and currently has an edited work in development.  She has presented on play therapy nationally and internationally including Ireland, Germany, and Indonesia.


Julie Oates, M.Ed, LPCC-S, Registered Play Therapist-S  is the Executive Director for The Child Protection Center of Ross County, a Child Advocacy Center, and coordinates services for children and families impacted by sexual and physical abuse. Julie brings a diversity of strengths to her current role in child advocacy. In 2013, Julie co-founded and serves as chairperson of the Ross County Coalition to End Human Trafficking. Julie has also served as a child and adolescent therapist in a community mental health center and a mental health technician for an inpatient psychiatric unit. She is currently attending Ohio University for her Doctorate in Counselor Education. In addition to her various roles at The Child Protection Center, Julie works as an independent trainer and consultant with foster care agencies and provides ongoing educational services to area schools, foster care agencies, and local community organizations. She is a recognized presenter on a local, state, national level, and international level.


Christina Scott, MEd, LPCC, NCC received undergraduate education in art therapy from Ohio University. She obtained her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson College. She is currently working toward becoming a registered play therapist as well as a obtaining her supervisory endorsement. Christina has wanted to be a mental health therapist since, at a young age, she discovered that she couldn't be a vampire slayer. As a child therapist for The Counseling Source, Christina works with clients ages 4 to 19, and she is able to utilize play and expressive therapy with all ages. Christina co-authored a chapter for Dr. Lawrence Rubin's upcoming book, Using Superheroes and Villians in Counseling and Play Therapy: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals. Christina is a self-proclaimed geek therapist.


Dawn Whiteside, M.Ed, LICDC, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).  She graduated from Ohio Christian University with a BA in Substance Abuse Counseling.  She attended Lindsey Wilson College where she completed her Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development. Currently she works with elementary-age children and their families within the public school system.  She provides individual counseling and crisis support when needed. She continues to provide counseling during the summer to her clients and works more with the families during this time.  At this time she is pursuing her Trauma-Focused CBT Certification.

Tentative Schedule:


2:00 PM – 5:15 PM              Check in & Explore

5:15 PM – 7:15 PM               Workshop: VIA Character Strengths in Play Therapy

7:20 PM -                                Free time/Campfire



8:00 AM – 8:45 AM                 Check in & Breakfast

8:50 AM – 12: 00 PM               Morning Session: Julie Oates

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                 Lunch

1:00 PM – 4:10 PM                   Afternoon Session: Julie Oates

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM                  Session 1-Adventures in Play Therapy: Cherie Catron & Dawn Whiteside

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM                 Dinner

7:90 PM – 9:30 PM                 Session 2-Using Media in the Playroom: Elisa Gambill



7:00 AM – 8:00 AM                 Morning Yoga

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM                 Session 3-Adventures in Play Therapy: Cherie Catron & Dawn Whiteside

8:50 AM – 12:00 PM                Morning Session: Hilda Glazer

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                 Lunch

1:00 PM – 4:10 PM                   Afternoon Session: Hilda Glazer

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM                   Session 4-Adventure in Play Therapy: Cherie Catron & Dawn Whiteside



7:00 AM – 8:00 AM                 Morning Yoga

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM                 Breakfast

8:50 AM – 12:00 PM                Morning Session: Brian Bethel

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                 Lunch

1:00 PM – 4:40 PM                  Afternoon Session: Brian Bethel

About the Location:


Burr Oak State Park Lodge ( offers 40 miles of hiking trails, including a generous portion of the famous Buckeye Trail, as well as, hunting fishing, boating, court sports, and swimming.

Suggested Packing List:


RECOMMENDED                                                   OPTIONAL

Toiletries                                                                   Hiking shoes (if participating in adventure class)

Sunscreen                                                                  Camp chair

Bug spray                                                                   Yoga mat (if participating in yoga)

Flashlights                                                                 Ear plugs

Comfortable clothing w/layers

CE Information:


  • This program has been approved for 27 CEUs for Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapist (#RCST011401) by the Ohio CSWMFT Board--Psychologists by the Ohio Psychological Association (Provider #311391240).
  • This activity qualifies for up to 1,500 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outlines and certificates of completion, and contact your board or organization for specific requirements.
  • The Midwest Play Therapy Institute (MPTI) is a continuing education branch of The Counseling Source. The Counseling Source is an Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 15-422.
  • Please note that the Association for Play Therapy (APT) alone holds the right to accept or deny any continuing education training at its discretion. Any CE’s approved by APT are available to graduate level mental health students & licensed mental health practitioners only

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