Instructors

Crystal Amundson, MS, LCPC, RPT-S

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As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor & Registered Play Therapist, Crystal’s clinical & educational experiences provide the foundation for her courses.  She received her Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology at Eastern Washington University and is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and American Counseling Association.  She specializes in Childhood Mental Health, working with children ages 2-12, alongside their caregivers.  She has worked with youth across the spectrum of care, from outpatient, to residential, to acute inpatient.  Her particular interests include early childhood, trauma, foster care/adoption, parenting support, and attachment.  Crystal operates from a strengths-based theoretical orientation that strives to empower both the client & their identified support system through the course of treatment.

Crystal lives in Helena, Montana with her husband and daughters.  Beyond her role as founder of Relating Play, Crystal works in private practice as a child & family therapist.

Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

lisa headshotLisa is an innovative and inspiring teacher and pioneer in play therapy. She is the founder and executive director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and creator of “Synergetic Play Therapy”, a model of play therapy bridging the gap between neuroscience and psychology. Lisa trains therapists worldwide and is the 2014 Association for Play Therapy’s recipient of the “Professional Education and Training Award”.  Her first book Integrating Extremes: Aggression and Death in the Playroom is already being referred to as “groundbreaking.”

Su Major, MA, NCC, CSTTS

10411722_10202078679464305_5576544550710231034_nExpression and healing through the arts began early in Su’s life as she was honored to have many role models in both the fine and performing arts.  Sharing the knowledge and experience she had been given, Su taught Theatre, Art, and Communication for twenty years.  Working with so many children over the years and experiencing first-hand the healing powers of the creative and expressive processes, Su obtained her Master of Arts in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Children and Families through Adams State University in Colorado.  Concurrently Su trained with the Sand Tray Therapy Training Institute of New Mexico obtaining her national certification in Sand Tray Therapy.  Su combines her experience and knowledge of the educational systems with developmental and creative expression in the therapeutic process.  She works as a facilitator and guide with clients and their families to engage in positive movement.  Su’s interest areas include resolution of trauma and the effects of inter-generational poverty.

Su’s grown sons live in Colorado.  She lives in North-Western Montana and works as a Child and Family Therapist.