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Sandtray Therapy Facilitators

Linda Homeyer

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Linda Homeyer is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University. Dr. Homeyer is proud to have been involved with the growing, vital, and prominent program that trains mental health professionals, working with a dedicated set of colleagues, and mentoring students on their professional journey. She has worked as a professional actress, but it was her work as an investigator of child abuse that led her to her interest in counseling children. An advocate for children and play therapy, she participates extensively in service, teaching, and writing. Dr. Homeyer served several years on the Texas Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors and served two terms as President of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Board of Directors. She received APT’s Lifetime Achievement Award in October, 2013 and Director Emerita in 2016.

Dr. Homeyer is spending a great deal of time traveling the globe. In Malaysia she has assisted a core group to develop play therapy in their country over the course of several years. In India she is part of a team that developed and teaches pastoral counseling at India Bible College and Seminary. Dr. Homeyer has also taught play therapy and sandtray therapy in South Africa, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Taiwan, Turkey, and even on a cruise ship! She is a frequent presenter throughout the United States.

Dr. Homeyer co-authored Sandtray: A Practical Manual (3rd ed); The Handbook of Group Play Therapy; Play Therapy Interventions with Children's Problems; The World of Play Therapy Literature, and Play Therapy in Malaysia, as well as many book chapters and journal articles. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean, Spanish, and soon, Turkish.

Her current areas of interest include exploring and researching the transferability of play therapy and sandtray therapy to international sites, with particular emphasis on cross-cultural and meta-cultural issues.

Marshall Lyles

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Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, EMDR CIT, has 15 years of practice in family and play therapy. He has extensive speaking and training experience and has worked in a variety of mental health settings. Most of Marshall’s clinical practice has focused on attachment trauma and its effect on family relationships. Marshall conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals and leads training in both parenting and professional settings; much of his consultation and training focuses on the use of sandtray therapy within a trauma-informed context. He is EMDR-certified and TBRI-trained and uses these with foster and adoptive families. As Marshall is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, more writing opportunities are emerging and this has become a passionate point of interest for him. 

Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig

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Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S, is an Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University. Dr. Hartwig has presented on sandtray, play therapy, animal-assisted counseling, and clinical supervision in local, regional, national, and international conferences. She's the Director of the Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy. She is a Past President of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and was awarded the Nancy Guillory Award for outstanding service in play therapy in 2017. Dr. Hartwig has a private practice in New Braunfels, TX called Pawsitive Family Counseling, LLC where she works with children, teens, couples, adults, and families. Her favorite play therapy resources are sandtray, puppets, and her canine partner, Ruggles!
Office phone: (512) 245-3757