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The Resiliency Center: A Healing Arts Collaborative in Ambler, PA
Introduction to Play Therapy
by Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT

Play Therapy has become a recognized method of working with children and younger adolescents.
Play is natural for children who are able to more readily engage in this type of therapy than traditional talk therapy. Play is the language children use to communicate. A trained play therapist can understand the metaphors used in the child’s play to gain understanding of the problem areas, awareness of resources and to recognize the stages of healing. Through the therapeutic environment with the play therapist, an environment is established that feels safe and supportive for the child to work through problems, express themselves and heal without feeling overwhelmed or being re-traumatized.
Play Therapy uses a variety of toys as modalities to engage the child and assist the healing process.
Some of the “tools” of Play Therapy are puppets, painting activities, toy medical kits, use of action figures, dolls or dollhouses, “pretend dress up items” and use of a sand tray. Sandtray Therapy is a specialized method often used in conjunction with play therapy. It uses a tray of sand, usually a dry tray and a wet one, along with selected “miniatures,” objects which serve as the tools for communication when children or teens are not developmentally able to find the words to express themselves or feel too vulnerable to tell their stories. It also provides the means to enact out problems, leading to development of problem-solving and adaptive skills. A combination of talk therapy and Sand tray therapy are effective for latency age children and the early teen years.

Play Therapy is effective in resolving behavior problems at home and school, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, loss and adjustment to family stressors and life transitions.
Through play therapy, the child is able to express themselves, learn adaptive skills, gain self-control and mastery, increase self-esteem and heal from trauma and loss. To become a Registered Play Therapist, one must first be a licensed clinician in the mental health field. Registration as a Play Therapist can be achieved through application to the American Play Therapy Association after taking additional post-graduate training in Play Therapy and/or Sand Tray therapy and completion of extensive direct contact hours in Play Therapy with children and families under supervision with a Play Therapy Supervisor.

Although most children can receive healing and problem resolution from play and sand tray therapy, families whose child has experienced a trauma through loss, abuse and/or a traumatic experience can especially benefit from healing at the sensory level. Trauma is sensory based in that traumatic memories are encoded in both the body as well as the brain. The use of play therapy by itself and in conjunction with sandtray therapy, addresses the sensory component of trauma that cannot be achieved through traditional talk therapy alone. The combination of family therapy “talk time” and play therapy together are the most effective forms of treatment to assist the child in integration of both the cognitive memories of trauma/loss with the part of the brain that holds the deeper emotional experience, which is retained in the body itself. Healing occurs within the whole being of the child; body and brain.

Kathleen Krol, one of the practitioners at the Resiliency Center, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist, who works with children, young adolescents and families. If you are interested in learning more about family and play therapy, please call Kathleen at 215-289-3101 or email at You can also learn more about Kathleen on our website.

Career Guidance, Men’s Groups, & Business Mentoring

Please join me in welcoming our newest practitioner, Marc S. Jacobs, to The Resiliency Center this month.
Marc holds a BA from Temple University with primary studies in Social Work and Psychology. He spent 15 years at Wordsworth working with youth with behavioral issues, directed the first training program in the area for beginning workers in the human services, and later held the position of Assistant Agency Director. He has 20 years experience providing marketing and management services to the business community, with a special focus on Private Career Schools, college level schools featuring hands-on training and related academic courses. His private practice offers group and individual support relating to Career Guidance, Men’s Issues and Business Mentoring. 

Career Guidance: Regularly scheduled workshops and individual sessions. Job Search support and direction topics include: resumes, cover letters, career planning strategies, power searching the internet, networking, testing, time management, interviewing,  budgeting and personal branding.

Men’s Issues: Each day men are called upon to meet their obligations to family and business. Some men find that although they are successful in both arenas something is missing. Men’s Support Groups allow men to explore with other men the areas of themselves that lie below the surface and keep them from truly feeling fulfilled. Whether the issues are anger, sadness, loneliness, frustration, ambivalence or a host of others, the support of other men can be a strong remedy to providing men with a sense of legitimate personal power and wholeness. These self-help groups are based on the teachings and writings of Robert Bly, John Lee and Robert Moore.

Business Mentoring: Directed towards business owners, executives, and managers who experience a disconnect between their personal goals and the obligations of their work lives. Weekly or monthly private, individual mentoring sessions help renew the synergy that leads to success. With a broad background in management and marketing techniques, Marc can also assist the business in developing hands-on solutions to many issues relating to operations and profitability.

Workshop: Nutrition & Lifestyle Choices for Healthy Bones
Saturday, 11/7, 9:30 – 11:30 am

A workshop designed for women to give you the information, inspiration, and confidence you need to create a bone-healthy way of life!
What constitutes bone health?
How can I maintain healthy bones?
What causes bone loss?
Is supplementing calcium enough?
Does a DEXA-scan give an accurate profile of bone health?
This workshop will answer these questions and present the components of a bone-healthy diet and lifestyle. Whether you wan to maintain healthy bones or are already diagnosed with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, your bone health can be preserved or restored. No bones about it! Come learn how! Register by contacting instructor Cheryl Berkowitz at 267-934-6554 or Pre-registration is required.

Cheryl Berkowitz, CHHC, is the founder of The Awakened Palate and works with individuals and groups to enhance health and well-being through nutrition and lifestyle coaching. She was the director of educational programs for a staff of 400 at the Omega Institute, and is a member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society for Nutrition Educators and Philadelphia Area Health Counselors.

Creating Community Through Continuing Education

The Resiliency Center has decided to postpone the start date for our Professional Development Training Series to this coming Spring. Professionals from a variety of disciplines can come together in community, learn, and share experiences.

Here is a preview of our Spring 2010 calendar:
3/26/10: Integrative Strategies to Promote Practitioner Wellness & Prevent Burnout
4/9/10: Understanding Whiteness Through Activities & Dialogue
4/16/10: Therapeutic Use of Music & Expressive Arts Therapy Techniques to Work through Blocks in Therapy
4/16/10: Counselor Wellness Intensive
4/23/10: Somatic Psychology for the Healing of Trauma
4/30/10: Child Centered Play Therapy: Simple Strategies
5/7/10:  An Integrative Approach to Working with Trauma Survivors
5/14/10: An Experiential Introduction to Art Therapy
5/21/10: Counselor Wellness Intensive

Programs include breakfast and lunch, and all programs are eligible for 6 CEUs for Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers. In the future, we hope to also obtain CEUs for psychologists, nurses, and educators. Learn more and register for a class on the Resiliency Center’s website at or by calling 215-542-5004. Please forward the newsletter to other practitioners whom you believe would enjoy participating in this training series.

Clinical Consultation Groups - Led by Elizabeth Venart, LPC
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Clinical consultation groups provide new and veteran counselors with an opportunity to gain additional perspectives, reflect on the interplay between self and client, and receive group support. Participants present cases for clinical review, assist one another in exploring challenging clinical questions, and gain greater self-awareness. Research on vicarious trauma, professional hazards, and counselor wellness has consistently found clinical supervision and peer consultation to be powerful antidotes to the stresses of the work. Special focus of the group will be on ways to integrate creativity and mind-body-spirit practices. To learn more and inquire about joining a group, please call Elizabeth at 215-542-5004 or email her at More information can also be found at

FREE Group Meditation - Led by Dean Solon
Join us every Tuesday morning at 8:30 am and Thursday evening at 7:30 pm to practice cultivating and sharing clarity & compassion. The unfolding awareness and mindfulness of meditation may be summed up with this simple expression: A knowing of things as they are. RSVP early as space is limited- by going online to our page on Meetup at

Introduction to Meditation Class
Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Begins 10/15!

Join us for a heart-centered, gentle class that includes deep relaxation, breath awareness, mindfulness techniques, and guided imagery. You will learn how to set up your own sacred space and guidelines to develop a daily practice as well as techniques to calm the mind and emotions and create balance in daily life. You will also learn the beautiful 2500 year old Loving Kindness Meditation to assist in creating a more loving relationship with self and others. Meditation is an invaluable tool for spiritual development and healing.  The classes bring together techniques from both Eastern and Western traditions and include breath awareness, silence, chanting, walking meditation, and guided imagery.  In depth experiences in stress release and the quieting of the mind and emotions are provided as well as spiritual guidance and assistance in structuring daily practice.

Course instructor Carol Pomplun is a pioneer in the Holistic Health Movement with over 30 years of experience in meditation, holistic healing, and education. The class start date has been pushed back to October 15th. Tuition is $120 for the 6-session series – and is due to The Resiliency Center by October 5th. Register for class at or call The Resiliency Center at 215-542-5004. 

If you are a social worker, marriage and family therapist, or professional counselor and have a program you would love to present, please contact or call 215-542-5004.
We are particularly interested in those trainings that highlight creative approaches, practitioner self-awareness and self-care, energy psychology, and topics of trauma and resiliency. Going forward, we hope to expand our trainings to include continuing education programming for educators, nurses, and massage therapists as well.

1st Friday FREE Film Series: Kundun
Friday, 10/2 at 7:30 pm

Praised as one of the best films of the year, KUNDUN is a motion picture masterpiece directed by five-time Academy Award(R)-nominated director Martin Scorsese.

It's the incredible true story of one of the world's most fascinating leaders — Tibet's Dali Lama and his daring struggle to rule a nation at one of the most challenging times in its history. Powerfully told and set against a backdrop of world politics — the film's release created an international uproar! Featuring a striking Oscar(R)-nominated score by renowned composer Philip Glass, this extraordinary motion picture has been greeted with both controversy and worldwide acclaim — experience it for yourself!
More information at
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Wellness Leadership Workshop for Youth, Grades 9-12
Tuesdays, Oct. 6th–Nov. 10th, 3:30-5:00 pm

Are you ready to grow as a person and become a leader? Are you ready to test your leadership abilities? Are you committed to making changes in yourself and the community? Are you ready to be empowered & continue to build resilience and tenacity?

Come participate in these workshops! The program helps address individual challenges through active participation in creative arts, cooperative activities, role plays, discussions, affirmations, & reflections. The practical skills and strategies presented can be practiced in school, home, and in the community.

Sign up by calling Tracey Smith-Diggs, M.Ed., at 267-973-6327 or emailing her at

Workshop Series Overview
Oct. 6 – I have to Do Me!
Oct. 13 – Lead On
Oct. 20 – Your Communication Has Flava
Oct. 27 – That’s The Spirit
Nov. 10 – Heart, Hands, Legs and Feet

Shadow Salon Event
Wed., 10/21, 7:15 – 9:15 pm

In the spirit of the days when poets, musicians, and intellects shared their artistry and insights in the salon rooms of homes, join together with other curious and courageous individuals for a night you will never forget.

We’d be honored to have you as a guest at our Shadow Salon which promises to shift your perspective, open up new possibilities, and inspire you to let go, move on, and step into your greatest dream.

Join us for this premiere screening of The Shadow Effect movie, a transformational film featuring Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson, and other inspired teachers. Step out of the darkness of your smallest thought into the brilliance of your greatest dream. Discussion following the film led by Paula Gregorowicz. RSVP by contacting her at or 215-450-2549.

Beginning QiGong
Tues., 10/6, 6:30 pm

Classes introduce students to Qi and the discipline of Qi Gong movements. Classes are approximately 45-60 minutes and meet upstairs monthly. Participants will learn sitting and standing postures to help decrease stress, aid sleep and digestion, and relieve pain. Please bring a cushion to sit on. Call Patricia Sweeney at 215-500-6871 to register.

Breathe More, Alive More, Loving More

Sunday, 10/18, 12 – 2 pm

Breathing is the source of our most important nutrient and energizer—oxygen!  Come learn how to unlock emotional and mental blocks by taking a full, healthy breath —and practices you can use daily to re-center yourself, feel balance and wholeness. Experience a long breathing session that can change your state of consciousness, opening you to guidance, compassion, and gratitude for being alive.

Bring a towel, mat or something to lie on. Cost is $15 if pre-paid or $20 at the door. For more information, contact instructor Bob Pileggi at To register, go online to

Creating Mandala Art
Wed., 10/28, 6 - 9 pm

Mandala art is a powerful tool that creates a path to healing and balance. Mandala means an ancient universal symbol that represents wholeness.

Join us and enjoy the experience of creating your own mandala art--using colored pencils, watercolor paints, and markers. Guidance and ideas will be presented. Some benefits of creating mandalas include increased focus, awareness, energy, and concentration. Mandala art also fosters self-centering, creativity, confidence, and a feeling of calmness. The only requirement to attend the class is a desire to activate creative process and express your own genius. There is no wrong or right way - it is your way.

Classes begin on 10/28 and will be offered every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Cost is $39 and includes all supplies. For questions about the class, contact instructor Shirley Gotfryd, artist, at  or 215-519-3075. To register for the class, email elizabeth@ or call the center at 215-542-5004.

QiGong - Daytime classes with Karen Steinbrecher
Thursdays at 2 pm; 2nd & 4th Fridays at 12 pm

QiGong is a 4000 year old Chinese practice using slow movements to enhance one's Qi-energy. Lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, increases flexibility. Promotes a healthy flow of Qi throughout the body - resulting in a feeling of harmony. Join Karen Steinbrecher in a mindful and peaceful practice of this ancient, healing art. Learn more at & call 215-542-5004 or email Karen at to register.

How to Be Comfortable in your own Skin, Anytime, Anywhere
2nd Monday of Every Month at 7:30 pm

Ever wonder how some people get to do, be, or have whatever it is they want? How some people seem at peace with themselves & the world and succeed on their own terms as they live life by their own design?

Join life and business coach Paula Gregorowicz for a 90-minute workshop which will help introduce you to the crystal clear clarity, unshakeable confidence, and unstoppable courage that comes from being comfortable in your own skin. This journey of exploration will combine presentation, experiential exercises, discussion, & skill-building so that you will walk away with new awareness and how-to's you can apply right away to your own life or business. Contact Paula at or call 215-450-2549. Learn more at

Drumming Circle
Last Friday of the month at 7:30 pm

In our monthly drumming circle, we create and build rhythms together in a fun and welcoming community. All levels of drummers are welcome, teens and adults, beginners to advanced. Bring your drums and other percussion instruments. You may also feel inspired to dance and sing. We will have some extra percussion instruments for those who wish to come but don’t already have an instrument. Andre Fulton, who has been a drummer over 10 years, leads the circle and shares African, Brazilian, and Latin rhythms. RSVP early as space is limited – by going online to our page on Meetup at

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