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“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow?
I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.”
― Carl Jung
Eric J. Green, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, Sandplay Practitioner, is a former associate professor of School Counseling at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, and currently a faculty associate at Johns Hopkins University's School of Education in Baltimore, MD. His research and clinical practice with children and families focus on an analytical approach to counseling ('depth psychology') that integrates evidence-based practice, play therapy protocols, trauma-informed treatment, and
Dr. Green is a frequently invited keynote presenter at Association for Play Therapy (APT) state branch conferences across the U.S. and internationally. In 2014, his keynotes included (a) the British Columbia Play Therapists Association's Annual Conference (in conjunction with the Canadian Sandplay Therapists) on February 28, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; (b) Virginia APT's Annual Play Therapy Conference June 13-14, 2014; and (c) a disaster mental health training for traumatized children co-sponsored by the Louisiana Counseling Counseling Association, Louisiana State University, and the Louisiana School Counselors Association in Hammond, LA on January 17, 2014. In 2013, some of his speaking events included the Hawaii Association for Play Therapy Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Australia Pacific Play Therapy Association's Annual 2013 Conference in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; and the Canada Association for Child and Parent Therapy 2013 Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Eric earned a Ph.D. in counseling with an emphasis in play therapy/school counseling from the University of New Orleans in 2005: his relevant work experiences include working as a certified elementary school counselor (K-8) in Louisiana; a child and family mental health practitioner in part-time, private practice since 2004; and a consultant to school districts (MCPS, DISD) and psychiatric hospitals specializing in adolescent treatment since 2005. He recently concluded his tenure as the President of the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Counselors for Social Justice Division (2007-2008). As President, he directed all activities of the membership to unify and provide a voice to children who were silenced by abuse. Counselors for Social Justice presented Eric the O’Hana Award in 2007 and the Mary Smith Arnold Anti-Oppression Award in 2013 for his sustained mental health advocacy efforts with traumatized children. Dr. Green keynoted for the Counselors for Social Justice awards luncheon at the American Counseling Association's 2013 Annual Conference in Cincinnati, OH.
To date, he has published more than 60 scholarly works. He's the co-editor of "Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with Children" (John Wiley) and "No Child Forgotten" (Rowman and Littlefield) and the author of "The Handbook of Jungian Play Therapy" (Johns Hopkins University Press). He's released two films, "Jungian Play Therapy and Sandplay with Children" (2013) and "Expressive Arts with Adolescents" (2014), both produced by Alexander Street Press. Some of his most recently published book chapters on Jungian play therapy and
From 2005-2006, Dr. Green co-led a disaster mental health counseling team, with Dr. Jennifer Baggerly, in south Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The team provided psychological first aid and trauma-focused play therapy for displaced children and families in Red Cross shelters following the disasters. He was a featured expert and chronicled in the hour-long CNN cable television news documentary, Children of the Storm. In May 2013, he and Dr. Baggerly teamed up again in Moore, Oklahoma, from an
He recently served a 3-year term on the editorial board for the International Journal of Play Therapy and is currently serving as a guest editor on the board of the Journal of Social Action in Counseling and Psychology; Eric is a graduate of the APT Leadership Academy (2007); and he is a past recipient of one of the national awards conferred annually by APT, Play Therapy Promotion and Education (2006). He maintains a private practice in child and family psychotherapy in Dallas, Texas and is a professional member of the Jung Society of North Texas; the Sandplay Therapists of America; the American Counseling Association; and the Association for Play Therapy.
Dr. Green's Jungian psychoanalytic work with children, as well as his scholarly contributions in play therapy, are significantly influenced by Anna Freud, Melanie Kline, Carl Jung, Michael Fordham, Thomas Moore, Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Jean Houston, Donald Kalsched, Margaret Lowenfeld, Jean Houston, Dora Kalff, Edward Edinger, Louise Guerney, Charles Schaefer, Maria-Louise von Franz, Heinz Kohut, D. W. Winnicott, and especially, John Allan.