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Meet the Presenter

Children of Fury and Fawns in Gorilla Suits: Play Therapy Interventions for Aggressive Behaviors

Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience with Traumatized Children

David Crenshaw

David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, RPT-S

David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, RPT-S is a nationally renowned child psychologist who is best known for his pioneering work in the area of play therapy and the use of facility dogs in trauma-informed child therapy.  As a play therapist, Dr. Crenshaw helps children express what is troubling them and resolve their problems through the healing power of play. 

Dr. Crenshaw is Clinical Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie.  He is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist, Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Fellow of APA's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a Registered-Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S).

Dr. Crenshaw has taught graduate courses in counseling and play therapy at Johns Hopkins University, Teachers College, Columbia University and Marist College. He was President of the New York Association for Play Therapy (2004-2008).  David is the author/editor of many books on play therapy, child trauma, and aggression in children, including: Play Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice (with Anne Stewart);
co-author with Eliana Gil of Termination Challenges in Child Psychotherapy; and co-editor with Cathy A. Malchiodi of What to Do When Children Clam-Up in Psychotherapy.

David is the recipient of numerous awards including two Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Hudson Valley Psychological Association in 2012 and the New York Association for Play Therapy in 2018.        

Visit Dr. Crenshaw’s website at www.childtherapytechniques.com