Welcome! Please feel free to explore the Website. It contains information about my current mental health work with children and families, as well as updates on upcoming publications, speaking events, and other tidbits of information related to play therapy. The Website, "Soulplay," is named after the Jungian-oriented, play therapy approach with children that I've developed. It addresses developmental disruptions in children through a nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship and incorporates expressive arts like mandalas, sandplay, music, and fairytales. Soulplay integrates caretakers and families through naturalistic play outdoors as well. Children and their willingness to trust in the power of play astounds me each and every time. It is because of their courage, and resilience, I remain optimistic that one day much of the darkness some children experience will be lifted. Currently, I counsel children and adolescents in private practice and teach part-time during summers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education in Baltimore, MD. My gratitude regarding this journey begins with Kathryn Elliot who influenced the way I conduct therapy and communicate with others. I am grateful to Barbara Herlihy, who taught us never to lose sight of the most important part of teaching in higher education: caring for students. In summer 2015, I became a Jungian Sandplay Practitioner, a credential issued by the Sandplay Therapists of America (heartfelt gratitude to Jacki Kelly, Rie Rogers-Mitchell, Roz Heiko, and Harriet Friedman!). Whether in related roles as a child psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, professor, or public speaker, mentoring brings me joy. The responses by enthusiastic attendees from workshops continue to inspire me as do the new friendships with colleagues made along the way. I'm also grateful to the Johns Hopkins School of Education for continuing to invite me back each summer to teach. And to Amie Myrick, my long-term writing partner: "thank you." Finally, I'm the proud uncle of three nieces, two nephews, and a few godchildren, and they remind me that all work and no play is 'no beuno.' So, I look to art as a hobby. Albeit the images are never quite as cute or artsy as hoped for, but I'm OK with that. At this age, I'm laughing a lot more and crying a lot less. Moreover, it's awe-inspiring to see the light that shines through when we care enough to put others' needs before our own. Ilene Pearce, my Jewish "mom," my parents, my uncle Paul, my sister Jana, and grandmother, whom I cherish deeply, all serve as a reminder that caring for others is what matters most.

“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 sandplay/expressive arts.  He maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy. 

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 sandplay with children are included in Eliana Gil’s “Working with Children to Heal Interpersonal Trauma” (Guilford, 2010)Charles Schaefer’s “Foundations of Play Therapy” (John Wiley, 2011); and in Loretta Gallo-Lopez and Larry Rubin’s “Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders” (Routledge, 2012).

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 invite by World Vision, to provide disaster mental health counseling to the children affected by the deadly tornadoes. He's also provided disaster mental health counseling in NYC following Hurricane Sandy as well assisted the victims of the Virginia Tech school shooting. 

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 KlineCarl JungMichael FordhamThomas Moore, Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Jean HoustonDonald Kalsched, Margaret Lowenfeld, Jean Houston, Dora Kalff, Edward Edinger, Louise Guerney, Charles Schaefer, Maria-Louise von FranzHeinz KohutD. W. Winnicottand especially, John Allan.