Continuing Education and Expert Speaker Series

We provide a context for mental health service providers to earn the continuing education hours necessary for license renewal. Workshops are scheduled in response to the needs voiced by local professionals seeking further training. We attempt to offer an ethics training each year as well as hosting various speakers with expertise in an area that educates on current trends and research, enriches clinical practice and fosters creative application of knowledge to mental health service provision. Our expert speakers series offers clinicians and interested professionals the opportunity to work with master practitioners. Most programs provide continuing education hours for professionals. (NBCC #4488).

Eastern Mennonite University - Master of Arts in Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4488. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Eastern Mennonite University - Master of Arts in Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Spring 2023 Workshop:

Treating Childhood Abuse and Trauma: A Trauma-Focused Play Therapy Approach

A trauma-focused play therapy approach for treating childhood abuse and trauma will be presented. The use of posttraumatic play with children will be discussed. Trauma-informed play therapy interventions founded on components of evidence-based treatments per the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and as contained in the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) protocol will be provided. Clinical examples will be included.

This workshop is designed to combine literature, research, and clinical practice. An emphasis
will be placed on providing and linking play therapy interventions to components of trauma
treatment for victims of childhood abuse and trauma across modalities including individual,
family, dyadic, and group therapy.

Lecture and case examples will provide participants with a comprehensive learning experience. *

Date: Friday, April 14th, 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
Location: EMU Seminary Building, Martin Chapel (SB215), 1181 Smith Ave, Harrisonburg, VA, 22820. 
Presenter: Sueann Kenney-Noziska, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S
Price to attend: Free. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis
Register             Download Flyer

Learning Objectives and Description:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1) Define integrative play therapy;
2) Describe how posttraumatic play can be used in clinical practice with children who have been abused and traumatized;
3) Identify core components of trauma treatment as defined by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and as contained in the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) protocol;
4) Link specific trauma-informed play therapy interventions to core components of trauma treatment;
5) Possess trauma-informed interventions for use in individual, family, dyadic, and/or group therapy with victims of childhood abuse and trauma;
6) Discuss cultural considerations which impact play therapy treatment with abused and traumatized children and adolescents.

*Can provide up to 6 CE's for LPC's
For more information, including a workshop agenda, download the flyer

Sueann Kenney-Noziska

Sueann Kenney-Noziska

Sueann Kenney-Noziska, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor with over 20 years of experience in the field who specializes in using play therapy in clinical practice with abused and traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. As part of her clinical work, she provides outpatient psychotherapy to those impacted by childhood abuse, maltreatment, and other traumatic events. Sueann is internationally recognized and has presented throughout the United States as well as across the globe including places such as Japan, China, Jamaica, Estonia, and England. She has developed many trauma-informed interventions for clinical work with abused and traumatized children and adolescents, is a contributing author to multiple publications, and has testified as an expert witness in the areas of child abuse and trauma at both the state and federal levels. Sueann serves on the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s (ISPCAN) working group on child sexual victimization, exploitation, and trafficking, is a participant in the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s (APSAC) children’s mental health section group, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Family Advocacy & Outreach Network.

Registration Information

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Past Trainings Presenters or Topics

  • Knowing What We Don't Know: Meeting Our Ethical Obligation to Maintain and Develop Competence by Rebecca Vauter, Psy.D., ABPP - 2022
  • Recognizing the Challenges in your Own Setting presented by Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D, The Center for Ethical Practice - 2019
  • DSM-5 (and Supplements) Refresher:  Overview & Strategies presented by Cheree Hammond, Ph.D - 2019
  • Sex is Not a Dirty Word: The Importance of Sexual Health and Wellness Training for Mental Health Practitioners presented by Emily Petkus, Ph.D - 2019
  • Exploring Identity and Dreams through Altered Books presented by Mert Brubaker, MA, Rebecca Peifer, MA , LPC - 2019
  • 10 Ethically Important Distinctions presented by Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D, The Center for Ethical Practice - 2018
  • Addictions Symposium facilitated by Christine Spilman, LPC, CSAC, Tara Langston, LPC, CSAC, Nate Koser, PhD, LPC,  and Richard Wettstone, EdD, LPC, LMFT - 2018
  • Expressive Arts Series “Altered Books as an Expressive Arts Platform for Work with Anxiety” facilitated by Cherée Hammond, PhD, Mert Brubaker, MA, Rebecca Peifer, MA – 2017
  • Circle of Security-Informed 4 day Training, Dr. Bob Marvin, Director, Mary Ainsworth Attachment Clinic – 2017
  • Clinical Supervision: Theory, Practice and Logistics, Facilitated by Dr. Teresa Haase w/Dr. Cheree Hammond – 2016
  • Co-hosted, CVCA Fall Workshop "Recognizing the Ethical Challenges In Your Own Setting " presented by Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D, The Center for Ethical Practice – 2016
  • Evening of Discussion with Dr. Bob Marvin and Dr. Nate Koser – 2016
  • Dan Goleman – 2016
  • Mindfulness, Supervision, and Jacques Lacan – 2015
  • Michelle Wade (ACA ethics specialist) – 2014
  • David Whyte – 2014
  • Dan Hughes – 2013
  • Erin Martz (ACA ethics specialist) – 2013
  • Sue Johnson, Ed.D – 2011

Read detailed descriptions of past trainings.

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