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Understanding Sexual Abuse Dynamics and How to Incorporate Play in Evidence-Based Treatments for Childhood Trauma

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Understanding Sexual Abuse Dynamics and How to Incorporate Play in Evidence-Based Treatments for Childhood Trauma
Understanding Sexual Abuse Dynamics and How to Incorporate Play in Evidence-Based Treatments for Childhood Trauma

Time & Location

Jan 20, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Dallas, 5351 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228, USA


About the event

Program Description: 

During this training, you will learn about sexual abuse dynamics, the impact of trauma, evidenced-based treatments for children who have experienced trauma, and how to identify normative vs. concerning sexual behavior in children. Therapists often struggle with when and how to engage children in directive vs. non-directive play. In the treatment of trauma, we will discuss how play can be incorporated into evidence-based practices. Additionally, we will discuss the importance of caregiver engagement, and how to facilitate meaningful interactions with children and their caregivers, including how to engage the families in sexual health discussions.

$125 for Chapter Members

$150  for Non-Members

$85 for Retired or Student Chapter Members

In-person, Contact Training Hours

6 CE's Provided 

APT Approved Provider #99-072

TX LPC CE Provider #257

TX LMFT CE Provider #1030

TX Social Work CE Provider #7602

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn at least one evidence-based treatment for working with children who have experience trauma
  • Understand at least 3 ways trauma impacts children
  • Identify normative versus concerning sexual behavior in children
  • Explain how to use play therapy in treatment for children with trauma
  • Discuss the importance of caregiver engagement when working with children


8:30am to 9am Breakfast

9am to 12pm Training

12:00pm to 1pm Lunch w/activity

1pm to 4:30pm Training


One 15 minute break

One 30 minute break

Breakfast and Lunch Included!

About the Presenters:

Holly Dotson is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor. She is the Director of Clinical Services at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and oversees the long-term growth, development, management, and outcomes of the Mental Health Team. Holly provides clinical supervision to LPC – Associates and supervises staff responsible for overseeing departmental programs. When serving clients, Holly provides trauma-informed care to children and their families using evidence-based practices. Holly has worked in multiple settings including mobile crisis, inpatient psychiatric admissions, and the Dallas County Jail. Holly is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is also trained in Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR), Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Nicholas La Mere is an LPC with six years of experience providing therapy services to children and families impacted by abuse and trauma. He is Certified in TF-CBT and trained in PSB-CBT and CFTSI. Nicholas currently serves at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center as the Intern and Therapy Training Coordinator providing supervision for graduate level students and trainings for staff and the community. He received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler.


Kimberley Montgomery is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor.  She is currently an Assistant Director of Clinical Services at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.  She specializes in providing trauma-informed care for children, adolescents, and adults.  Kimberley has been providing clinical services for 14 years.  Kimberley received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas in Tyler in Early Childhood Education and spent 5 years as a first grade teacher.  She then received her Master’s in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University where she began her journey into the Mental Health profession.  Kimberley is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI).  Kimberley is the founder and owner of Therapy Inspired, a private practice counseling center that partners with local non-profits and community entities to provide clinical interventions, mental health focused after school programs, and trauma informed counseling services.  She is also the author of Inspired Reflections, a 30-day journal experience. 

Cancellation/ Refund:

Registration cancellation refund requests should be submitted to North Texas Chapter in writing at The registration fee will be refunded only if the request is received by the date of training. North Texas Chapter reserves the right to cancel this training in the event of unforeseen circumstances. If such occurs, North Texas Chapter will attempt to notify registrants prior to the event and refund all registration, workshop, and continuing education fees. In all instances, the liability of North Texas Chapter is limited to refunding such fees.


  • Members

    +$3.13 service fee
  • Non-members

    +$3.75 service fee
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  • Students/Retirees

    +$2.13 service fee



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