Meet our Founder & Director, Sonia Hinds
Born and raised in Panama, Central America, she migrated to the US after graduating from high school to study nursing. She is a graduate of Wagner College on Staten Island and later received her graduate degree from Howard University. Ms. Hinds served as an Officer in the US Army Nurse Corps and later in the USPHS as a Coammissioned Corps Officer. Her mental health training was obtained at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC where she brought play therapy to the in-patient acute psychiatric children’s unit. “There will always be a warm place in my heart for St. Elizabeths Hospital because it is there that I fell in love with play therapy. Dr. Eliana Gil, PhD, RPT-S was the guest speaker at our first Track A RPT graduation and has been very supportive of our efforts. The rest is history!”
Since 1997, we have been providing play therapy and child psychotherapy training nation-wide and internationally. Because of our efforts, there are significantly many more Registered Play Therapists today.
Our founding faculty includes Margaret Drury, LCSW, RPT-S, Carlton Munson, Ph.D., LCSW, Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT, Marianna Bongiovanni, PhD, RPT-S, Dottie Ward-Wimmer, LPC (retired), Stephanie Saunders, LCSW (retired), and many others.
We have had the pleasure of having distinguished faculty such as Helen Benedict, Ph.D., RPT-S, Violet Oaklander, Ph.D. (retired), Garry Landreth, Ed.D, LPC, RPT-S, and many others.
We have had the pleasure of welcoming participants as far away as Alaska, Singapore, Mexico, Israel, and Botswana, Africa.
We have also been invited to conduct training in Turkey (2003) and Jamaica, West Indies (2012 & 2015).
“What I liked most about the workshop is the information on how to implement treatments and how it correlates with family and the community. Very informative and engaging.”