Please contact Dr. Rudd via phone or e-mail to arrange a presentation for your event. Presentations can be tailored to your specific audience and time allowances. 




Sand Tray: Thinking Inside the Box

This engaging and dynamic speaker will help mid-level to advance clinicians learn about the usefulness of sand tray as part of a therapeutic work with clients. Participants will learn a brief history about sand tray and an atheoretical approach to understanding sand tray work through the participant’s own theoretical lens. Participants will learn how to obtain and set up a sand tray including minatures. Furthermore, a detailed overview on ways to understand and process the sand tray experience with clients. Participants will observe the instructor conducting a role play using sand tray therapy and each person will have an opportunity to both create a sand tray and process a tray with a partner. This presentation has received outstanding reviews from participants at: Children’s Home Society, Eastern Washington University and Masters of Social Work Program. 

The Nuts and Bolts of Child-Centered Play Therapy

Play Therapy continues to grow in demand as a developmentally appropriate method for therapeutic work with children. Social workers to mental health counselors and even registered nurses have begun looking to the theory and techniques of child-centered play therapy. The Association for Play Therapy continues to credential individuals and university programs to provide play therapy training and supervision across the world but many areas, including Spokane, lack play therapy resources and trainings. This introductory training provides a wealth of information from why we use play therapy to what is play therapy and even techniques. The instructor uses examples and stories to help new clinicians understand both the complexities and value of child-centered play therapy. This presentation has received outstanding reviews from Frontier Behavioral Health, Washington Counseling Association Annual Conference and the Chi Sigma Iota Professional Development Series.

The Real Story on Development

This engaging and humorous take on the development of children from birth to age 26 provides participants both an informative and realistic understanding of childhood development. The instructor unites the major learning and social theories with the newest research on neuropsychology and neurobiology to create a fun picture of the real story on development. This presentation has received outstanding reviews at Frontier Behavioral Health and the Eastern Washington Child Care Association Annual Conference. 

Talking to the Brain Behind the Child

This interactive presentation details the ACT model developed by Dr. Garry Landreth to teach paraprofessionals and parents how to talk to young children to gain compliance and self-correction. Participants will learn the theory, principles and method for using this model with all types of children from toddlers to children with behavioral or medical problems.  Participants will see a live role  play and practice the skills in small groups. This presentation has continuously received outstanding reviews from the Eastern Washington Child Care Association. 


Challenges Beyond Normal Development: Behavioral and Mental Health Disorders in Children

This informative presentation will provide an easy-to-understand description of mental and behavioral health problems common in children from birth through adolescence. Topics include: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pica, Depression, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiance Disorder and Mood Dysregulation Disorder. Participants will also learn accommodations that can be made in the home or school environment to increase success. This presentation is geared towards: teachers, caregivers, foster parents, or daycare caretakers. 

Sudden Unexplained Death in Children: How to help

Dr. Rudd has been conducting research on the topic of parental bereavement as a result of an unexpected and unexplained loss of a child and is one of the leading experts on the topic. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences. This presentation provides a collective overview of the most current research on parental bereavement due to deaths labeled as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). Furthermore, a current status of professional support from the following disciplines: first responders, hospital personnel, medical examiners and coroners, will be detailed. Recommendations on how to support newly bereaved parents from a professional lens is explored or recommendations for supporting parents during the investigative process. This presentation is intended for: first responders, social workers, police or detectives, medical examiners/coroners/medicolegal death investigators, clergy or chaplains, therapists or other professional who have contact with this population.Dr. Rudd has worked in collaboration with the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program:



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