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

ertifications & 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
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
  • Association for Play Therapy (APT)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

Research & 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.

Brumfield, K. A. & Christensen, T.M. (2011). Discovering African American parents’ perceptions of play therapy: A phenomenological approach. International Journal of Play Therapy, 20(4), 208-223.

Christensen, T.M. (2011). Group Counseling with Children Affected by Abuse. In G. Corey & M. Corey (Eds.), Group counseling: process and practice (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Christensen, T.M., & Brumfield, K. A. (2010). Phenomenological designs. In C. J. Sheperis, J. S. Young, & M. H. Daniels (Eds.), Counseling research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods (pp. 135 – 150). Boston, MA: Merrill.

Ziomek-Daigle, J., & Christensen, T.M. (2010). An emergent theory of gatekeeping: Practices in counselor education. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88, 407-415.

Recent Presentations

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)

*First International Clinical Psychology Conference, Salina, Ecuador, South America, November 17-19, 2011. Accredited by Universidad San Francisco. Taught 12 contact hours related to play therapy. Attending workshops totaling 20 hours http://www.usfq.edu.ec/eventos/psicologiaclinica/Paginas/Inicio.aspx.

*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 3-12, 2011 (http://education.odu.edu/pcl/counselor/italy_play)

*Play Therapy from a Choice Theory/Reality Therapy Perspective. Two one-day workshops presented for the Counselor Education Department at Idaho State University, Pocatello and Boise, ID, June, 2010.   

*Orientation to Play Therapy. A half-day workshop at A Counselor’s Tour of Italy. Sponsored by the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University, Reagello, Italy, May 2010. 

*Play in Family Therapy, a two-day workshop presented for the Association per la Play Therapy di Italia, Rome, IT, May, 2010.

*Principles of Play Therapy from a Choice Theory/Reality Therapy Perspective. A one-day workshop presented for the Big Splash Workshop Series, Counselor Education Department at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, February, 2010.   

*Principles of Play Therapy from a Choice Theory/Reality Therapy Perspective. A one-day workshop presented for the Counselor Education Department at Holy Cross College in New Orleans, LA February, 2010.   

*Principles of Play Therapy from a Choice Theory/Reality Therapy Perspective. A one-day workshop presented for the Counselor Education Department at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, January 2010.

*Principles of Play Therapy from a Choice Theory/Reality Therapy Perspective. A one-day workshop presented for the Counselor Education Department at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CN, November 2009. 

*Play Therapy Techniques: Working with Difficult Children. Two-day course presented in Second Annual Summer Institute: Counseling At-Risk Clients. Sponsored by  Pennsylvania State University, June 2009.

*Orientation to Play Therapy. A half-day workshop at A Counselor’s Tour of Italy. Sponsored by the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University, Ragello, Italy, May 2009.   

National Conferences

Asner-Self, K., Bauman, S., Christensen, T.M., Kline, W.B., Rubel, D., Singh, A., & Waldo, M. (February, 2010). Multiple perspectives on group work research: Past, Present, & Future. Association for Specialists in Group Work Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Singh, A., & Christensen, T.M. (February, 2010). Integrating a social justice lens into qualitative group work research. Association for Specialists in Group Work Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Christensen, T.M., & Thorngren, J.T. (2011) Play in Family Therapy. American Counseling Association (ACA), New Orleans, LA, March 2011.

Christensen, T.M. “Scopri la culturali (Cultural Discovery): A qualitative exploration of counselors studying abroad in Italy. Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), San Diego, CA, October 2009.

Christensen, T.M. (March, 2009). Counseling Practices and Culture in Italy: Reflections from a Panel of Counselor Educators. American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC.

State Conferences

Christensen, T.M. Supervision in Play Therapy, Colorado Association for Play Therapy Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April, 2010.

Awards & Recognition

Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Regis University, 2011

Community Involvement & Service

University Service

  • 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

Editorial Positions & Expert Reviews

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2006-2011

Professional Organizations

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