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California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Fresno Campus

Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor

Alliant International University Fresno
5130 E. Clinton Way
Fresno 2150
Fresno CA 93727

559-253-2273

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Pediatric Psychology

Teaching Parents Parenting Skills

Play Therapy II: Interventions

Ecosystemic Theory and Application

Play Therapy I: Theory, Assessment and Case Formulation

Marschak Interation Method Rating System; child psychotherapy process; play therapy

O'Connor, K. & Braverman, L. (2009) Play Therapy Theory and Practice: A Comparative Presentation, Second Edition. New York: Wiley.

Hitchcock, D., Ammen, S., O'Connor, K., & Backman, T. (2008). Validating the Marschak Interaction Method Rating System with adolescent mother-child dyads. International Journal of Play Therapy 17(1), 24-38.

O'Connor, K. (2007) Starting APT. Play Therapy. 2 (2), 15.

O'Connor, K. (2007) "It Hurts Too Much" Using Play to Lessen the Trauma of Sexual Abuse Early in Therapy. In S. Brooke (Ed.) The Use of Creative Therapies with Sexual Abuse Survivors. Springfield, IL: C.C. Thomas.

O'Connor, K., Coker, A., Clare, G. & McCollum, V. (2006). Intergenerational issues: "In big mama's house." In S. M. Hobson & L. A. Carlson (Eds.), Critical Incidents in Counseling Children. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association, pp. 147-157.

O'Connor, K. (2006) Ecosystemic Play Therapy. Japanese Journal of Addiction and the Family. 22(4), 347-356.

O'Connor, K. (2005) Ecosystemic Play Therapy. The Japanese Journal of Psychiatry. 19(3), 273-284.

O'Connor, K. (2005) Addressing Diversity Issues in Play Therapy. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 566-573.

O'Connor, K. (2005) Combining Play and Cognitive Interventions in the Treatment of Attachment Disordered Children. In S. Brooke (Ed.) Creative Arts Therapies Manual. Springfield, IL: C.C. Thomas.

O'Connor, K. (2004) Creating a coherent attachment history: Combining Theraplay and Cognitive-Verbal Interventions. The Theraplay Institute Newsletter. Summer, 5-8.

O'Connor, K. (2003) Ecosystemic Play Therapy. Schwierige Kinder Journal. 29, 16-21.

O'Connor, K. & New, D. (2003) Ecosystemic Play Therapy. In C. Schaefer (Ed.) Foundations of Play Therapy. New York: Wiley.

O'Connor, K. & New, D. (2002) The Color-Your-Life Technique: Advances and Innovations. In C. Schaefer and D. Cangelosi (Eds.) Play Therapy Techniques, Second Edition. Northvale, NJ: Aronson.

O'Connor, K. (2002) The Value and Use of Interpretation In Play Therapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 33(6), 523-528.

Interactive Play Therapies: Comparing Adlerian, Theraplay and Ecosystemic Play Therapy (Panel). (10/9/09) 26th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference, Atlanta, GA

Using Interpretation to Facilitate Problem Solving in Play Therapy. (10/9/09) 26th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Introduction to Ecosystemic Play Therapy. (10/19/08) 25th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference, Dallas, TX.

From Symptom to Case Conceptualization in Play Therapy. (10/16/08) 25th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference, Dallas, TX.

Theories of Play Therapy. 2/23-24/07 1st Diplomado Internacional de Terapia de Juego, National Association of Play Therapy & the Center for Family and Couples Therapy, Mexico City, DF, MEXICO.

From Symptom to Case Conceptualization in Play Therapy. (10/10/07) 24th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference, Hollywood, CA.

Ecosystemic Play Therapy with School Aged Children. 7/9/06 Annual Conference, Play Therapy United Kingdom, Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM.

Ecosystemic Play Therapy: Assessment, Treatment Planning & Interventions. Special Considerations in the Treatment of Abused Children. 9/14-15/06 Biannual Conference, Utah Association for Play Therapy, Salt Lake City, UT.

Ecosystemic Play Therapy. 7/8/06 Annual Conference, Play Therapy United Kingdom, Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM.

Choosing Toys for the Playroom: Its not all Fun and Games. 10/15/06 23rd Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference, Toronto, CANADA.

Interpretation in Play Therapy (co-presented with Teri Krull, LCSW). 10/13/06 23rd Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference, Toronto, CANADA.

Ecosystemic Play Therapy with Traumatized Children. 7/9/06 Annual Conference, Play Therapy United Kingdom, Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM.

Goal Oriented Play Therapy: The Ecosystemic Approach. 4/7/05 California Psychological Association Convention, Pasadena, CA.

Helping Attachment Disordered Children: Creating Coherent Attachment Histories. 4/9/05 California Psychological Association Convention, Pasadena, CA.

Augmenting Your Practice by Offering Short-Term, Secondary Prevention Services. 10/9/04 21st Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference, Denver, CO.

Ecosystemic Play Therapy with Traumatized Children. 3/15/03 1st Annual Nevada Association for Play Therapy Conference, Reno, NV.

Theraplay and Cognitive Verbal Interventions. 6/27/03 1st International Theraplay Conference. Chicago, IL.

Essential Considerations in the Treatment of Child Abuse. 1/24/03 Korean Association for the Psychological Rehabilitation of Children, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA.

Play Therapy for Children with Chronic vs. Acute Medical Conditions 10/11/03 20th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference. Norfolk, VA.

Recent Advances in the Development of the MIM - Rating System. 6/26/03 1st International Theraplay Conference. Chicago, IL.

Play Therapy Around the World: A Panel Presentation (Germany, Korea, Mexico, U.K. and U.S.) 10/10/03 20th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference. Norfolk, VA.

Assessing Attachment Clinically: The MIM Rating System. 10/11/02 18th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Bonding Evaluations

Assessment of Caretaker-Child Interactions

Development of a rating system for the MIM

Academic History and Background

PhD, University of Toledo, 1980