Our workshops are led by the highly trained and experienced professionals pictured here. All of them consistently receive training participant ratings of "outstanding."

Risë VanFleet, Ph.D., RPT-S,
Founder and President of the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc.

Other Presenters

Other qualified instructors sometimes co-lead workshops that are offered by the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, and they are also available to present trainings for organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad . Please contact Dr. VanFleet for more information.

A listing of Certified Filial Therapy Instructors will be posted here very soon.

Cynthia Sniscak, Heidi Kaduson, and Risë VanFleet


Risë VanFleet, Ph.D., RPT-S
Dr. Risë VanFleet is the Founder and President of the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc. in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, an organization specializing in the training and supervision of child, family, and play therapy professionals as well as the provision of mental health services for children and families. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and The Pennsylvania State University. A licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, Dr. VanFleet is also a certified Filial Therapy therapist, supervisor, and instructor, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She specializes in strengthening family relationships through play, and has subspecialties in chronic medical illness, disaster mental health, child/family trauma and attachment interventions using play therapy and filial therapy, and the use of canines in play therapy.

Dr. VanFleet brings 35 years of clinical, supervisory, and leadership experience in community mental health, health care, education, and independent practice settings to her workshops. She has trained and supervised thousands of clinicians internationally.

She is the author of Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships Through Play, A Parent’s Handbook of Filial Play Therapy, coeditor with Dr. Louise Guerney of the Casebook of Filial Therapy, and author/photographer of The Faces of Play. Another book, Canines in Play Therapy (working title) is expected in 2007. Her materials have been used by professionals and families in over 40 countries, and her writings have been or are being translated into Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, and Spanish. She is featured on three best-selling play therapy video workshops: Child-Centered Play Therapy, Overcoming Resistance: Engaging Parents in Play Therapy, and Introduction to Filial Play Therapy. She is featured with Dr. Heidi Kaduson on the forthcoming video workshop, Play Therapy for Traumatic Events.

Dr. VanFleet has been honored with the inaugural Bernard G. and Louise F. Guerney Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice and Training in Filial Therapy (The Association for Filial and Relationship Enhancement Methods) and the Play Therapy Professional Education and Training Award (The Association for Play Therapy). She is a cofounder of the International Collaborative on Play Therapy and a Past President/Board Chair of the Association for Play Therapy. She is also involved in the research and use of animals in play therapy, and uses one of her dogs as a play therapy dog. She is an Approved Evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program ®. In addition to her work in the play/family therapy field, Dr. VanFleet is President of VanFleet Associates, an organizational development and training firm, an accomplished pianist, and an award-winning nature photographer specializing in Alaskan wildlife.

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Cynthia Sniscak,M.Ps.Sc., LPC, RPT-S
Cynthia Caparosa Sniscak, M.Ps.Sc., LPC, is the President/Director and Senior Clinician of the Beech Street Program, LLC, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Pennsylvania), a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified Filial Therapist-Instructor.  She is also an Instructor with the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc.  Ms. Sniscak specializes in the use of play therapy, filial therapy, parent consultation, behavior management, and other interventions with children and families with a wide range of problems. She has many years of experience with school problems, anxiety, depression, divorce-related difficulties, oppositional behavior and other behavior problems, and AD/HD.

Cindy has also worked extensively with children who have experienced medical problems, trauma, abuse, or attachment difficulties.  She works closely with parents throughout the therapy process, and coordinates her work with foster placement, adoption, child protective, medical, educational, and mental health organizations.

Ms. Sniscak also provides training for child-related community organizations, and has been a featured speaker at state, national, and international conferences.  She is an accomplished potter who incorporates her artistic talents and skills with her child/family therapy work.  Cindy is a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy and serves as its conference chair.  She is the author of a number of chapters and articles on play therapy.
Information about her Beech Street Program, an independent practice in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, can be found in the Parents’ section of this site

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