Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Counseling, Idaho State University, 1999
  • M.S. Counseling, Mental Health and School Counseling, Idaho State University, 1996
  • B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Adams State College, Cum Laude, 1993

Clnical Certifications & Expertise

Practice Licensure

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Colorado 
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Louisiana

Practice Certifications

  • Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor (RPT)
  • Certified Marriage and Family Therapist/Supervisor (Intern)
  • Colorado Association for Play Therapy (CAPT)

Professional Memberships

  • Regis University, Rho Upsilon Chi chapter
  • Colorado Association for Play Therapy (CAPT), Executive Board, 2009-2012
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
  • Association for Play Therapy (APT), Executive Board Leadership Committee, 2006-present, Registration & Continuing Education Committee, 2005-present
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

Research and Scholarship

Recent Publications

Christensen, T. M. (2014). Group Counseling with Children Affected by Abuse. In Group Counseling: Process and Practice (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Christensen, T.M. (2013). Research and writing in counseling. In D. Capuzzi & D.R. Gross (Eds.). Introduction to the counseling profession (6th ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Recent Presentations

Reynolds J, Huntington J, Christensen T.  Counselor Wellness: Prioritizing Your Well Being and Self-Care. Colorado Counseling Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO: Platform.  April 9-10, 2014.

Cates, J., Christensen, T., Beres, S., Stratton, J., Lonneman-Doroff, T., & Reynolds, J. Engaging children in family therapy: Using play RESPECTFULly. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference. Portland, OR.  Platform. May-June 2013.

Christensen, T.M. Advanced Supervision Group in Play Therapy, Colorado Association for Play Therapy Annual Conference, Platform.  Denver, CO, April, 2014.

Christensen, T.M.  Utilizing Play Therapy with children, adolescents, and families affected by Abuse and Trauma. Play Therapy Italy Institute, Platform. Reggello, ITALY, March 2014.

*Integrating Play in Family Therapy. A one-day workshop presented for the Big Splash Workshop Series, Counselor Education Department at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, September 8, 2012.   

*Integrating non-directive and directive play therapy techniques: From a Reality Therapy Perspective. Eastern Tennessee State University. June 2012. Served as a guest lecturer providing a three-day workshop specific to play therapy.  

*Play Therapy International Institute, an eight-day workshop to be held in Tuscany, IT. Sponsored by the Counseling Graduate Programs at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA and Regis University, Denver, CO., Reagello, Italy, March 8-16, 2012 (http://education.odu.edu/pcl/counselor/italy_play)


Awards and Recognition

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Regis University, 2011

Community Involvement and Service

Service to University
  • Committee Member, Faculty Council, College for Professional Studies, Regis University, 2010-present
  • Chair, Master of Arts in Counseling Graduate program, Regis University, Denver CO, 2010-present
  • Coordinator of Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Counseling Children & Adolescent, Regis University, Denver, CO, 2008-2010

Service to Profession 

  • Program Director and faculty member for the 2016 Italy Play Therapy Institute an International Counseling Conference sponsored by University of Holy Cross, Department of Counseling and Behavioral Sciences, Reggello, Italy, March 7-18, 2017
    A Counselor’s View of Ireland (International Institute co-sponsored by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Invited Presenter for August 2016
  • Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Editorial Board Member, 2006-2011

Professional Organizations

  • Colorado Association for Play Therapy (CAPT), Executive Board, 2009-2012
  • Association for Play Therapy Executive Board Leadership Committee, 2006-present, Registration & Continuing Education Committee, 2005-present
  • Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Graduate Student Research Award Committee, 2006-present
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Reviewer and Site Visitor, 2003-present