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Date(s) - 22/03/2019 - 24/03/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hotel Grand Pacific

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Responding to Trauma using Play Therapy

Certificate Overview:
New information on trauma enables us to understand its implications in a way that was not possible a decade ago. Both short term and longer treatment require an innovative approach. Play Therapy’s innate flexibility makes it an excellent resource for many developmental levels.
In this Certificate program we will examine creative and neuroscientific methods for understanding and responding to trauma. Recent research also reminds us that the risk of vicarious trauma is very real and as therapists we need to be proactive about our own wellbeing.


Betty Bedard Bidwell PhD, CPT-S, Registered Art Therapist Dr. Bedard Bidwell is a Registered Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Psychotherapy, a Registered Art & Play Psychotherapist Supervisor, and a Trauma and Loss Consultant Supervisor. She is the only dual American and Canadian registered Art and Play therapist with this level of credentials in Canada. Recently, Dr. Bedard Bidwell has completed her Animal Assistant Therapy certification, supporting the therapeutic use of pets in her private practice. She has received many awards two of which are the recipient of the TLC Supervisor of the Year Award and the 2001 Premier’s Award. Dr. Bedard Bidwell was the co-founder as well as the coordinator/instructor at the University of Western Ontario in the Art and Play Therapy Program and she has presented workshops across Canada and the United States. She edited and coauthored Hand in Hand 1 –Practical Application of Art and Play Therapy and Hand in Hand 11 – Art and Play Therapist Treasurer Chest, and is published in numerous journals.

Dr. Bedard Bidwell is certified as a Compassion Fatigue Trainer, Resiliency Trainer, as well as a Life Skill Coach Trainer. Dr. Bedard Bidwell has been the owner/operator of Betamarsh Incorporated, a residential and foster care agency, and a treatment foster parent herself for over 30 years.

Margot Sippel RP, CPT-S, Registered Art Therapist
Margot Sippel is a Registered Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Psychotherapy. She is a Certified Play Therapist and Supervisor with CAPT, as well as a Registered Art Therapist. During her 35 years of teaching and supervising in the School of Health Sciences and Human Services at Fanshawe College in London, Margot frequently organized and led field placements in Central America with interprofessional teams utilizing play and art therapy.

Upon retiring, Margot became the first female Professor Emeritus at Fanshawe. Margot maintains a private practice and presently is the Art Therapist on the Psychiatric Unit in Goderich.


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