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Introducing Richmont’s Series on Integration

Dr. Cara Cochran and Dr. Preston Hill introduce the Richmont Podcast’s first series on integration. Stay tuned for more to come.

Integration is a Zombie Apocalypse, a Mugging and Taking Out the Trash

In many ways, “integration” is theology made practical. It is how we relate truths from Christian theology and spirituality with the theory and practice of clinical mental health counseling and psychology – whether in ministry, counseling, or other domains of learning, helping, and healing. Join the Richmont Podcast hosts Peter Brindley and Mel Meyer as they introduce Dr. Cara Cochran and Dr. Preston Hill, hosts for the Richmont Podcast Integration series as they speak about what integration means to them in the unexpected moments.

Innovative Leadership with Dr. Timothy Quinnan

Innovative Leadership with Dr. Timothy Quinnan

With a talent for casting vision which inspires others, fostering pathways to student achievement, building communities of diversity and inclusion, anticipating future trends, and piloting effective strategic initiatives, Richmont’s President, Dr. Timothy Quinnan, is passionate about transformational leadership and believes “good things will come from thoughtful experimentation”.

Welcome to the Richmont Podcast

Welcome to the Richmont Podcast

The Richmont Podcast connects the Richmont community with what’s happening within the university, and invites those beyond Richmont to transformative conversations. Join us as we discuss real-world issues such as spiritual struggles, therapy and theology, diversity and inclusion, mental wellness, character virtues, and innovative leadership in higher education.

Richmont Expands Partnership with Walton Communities Apartments

Richmont Expands Partnership with Walton Communities Apartments

For several years Richmont Trauma Center counseling has been available at specific Walton Communities locations and has had a positive impact on Walton residents. “When Walton Communities approached Richmont about also working with their Adventure Centers afterschool program, we were thrilled to explore the possibility. Walton Communities’ mission to create neighborhoods where people thrive is a natural fit with our mission to advance healing, restoration, and transformation in the lives of individuals, churches, and communities,” said Richmont President Timothy Quinnan.

For the 2022-2023 school year, Richmont will pilot Child-Centered Play Therapy Groups (CCGPT) as part of the Adventure Center programing at Walton Village, an affordable housing community. The Adventure Centers provide after-school enrichment and summer camp programs for students in K-5th grade in select Walton apartment communities.

The hope is to expand to other Adventure Center locations in future years. According to Renee Holdo, Director of Richmont’s Center for Play Therapy Education, “This program will provide an exceptional internship opportunity for Richmont students pursuing the Child and Adolescent Certificate while offering Richmont an avenue to contribute to the growing body of research on the impact of Child-Centered Play Therapy Groups. CCGPT is designed to be a developmentally responsive, play-based mental health intervention for children utilizing play (the natural language of children) and the therapeutic relationship to learn and practice new social and coping skills enabling children to best navigate the world they live in. It is an exciting opportunity for all involved in the program and I look forward to seeing it grow.” Holdo has started conducting training for Adventure Center/Walton Communities staff ahead of the August start of the school year.

Child Parent Relationship Therapy

Child Parent Relationship Therapy

April 22-23, 2022/9am-5pm (Fri); 8:30am-4:30pm (Sat)

Richmont’s Atlanta Campus (1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 100, Atlanta, GA 30339) / 12 CEs Available


Presented by

Mary Bennett, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

Dr. Mary Bennett is in private practice in Austin, TX and is a former Associate Professor of Professional Counseling at Texas State University. She is a Certified Child Centered Play Therapy Trainer and Child Parent Relationship Therapist Trainer. Dr. Bennett co-founded the Institute for Play Therapy at Texas State University. She served on the Texas Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors for five years as Secretary, President-Elect, President and Past President. She has served on the Dan Homeyer Research Committee. Dr. Bennett served on many committees for the Association for Play Therapy including, the Nominations, Awards, and Conference Committee. She provides supervision and trainings on a variety of topics across the country.

Course Description:

This training teaches Child Parent Relationship Therapy, a play therapy based and empirically researched parent-training program for advanced play therapy. The Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) protocol, a 10-session model, is the focus of this training.

Course Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Name the four key historical figures who created Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) and Filial Therapy, a play therapy intervention.
  • Describe how Child Parent Relationship Therapy utilizes the Powers of Play to facilitate attachment and connection in the child-parent relationship.
  • State three characteristics of the environment parents learn to set for their children in CPRT.
  • Identify three differences of CPRT from other parenting models.
  • State two reasons we involve parents in CPRT.
  • Name four skills parents learn in CPRT.
  • State guidelines for selecting parents appropriate for CPRT therapy.
  • Name three CPRT facilitator skills important in the CPRT process.
  • State one difference between encouragement vs praise in the CPRT manual.
  • Demonstrate teaching parents how to reflect feeling, a play therapy skill.
  • Demonstrate teaching parents how to set a limit, a play therapy skill.
  • Demonstrate teaching parents how to give a choice, a play therapy skill.

Target audience: Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Play Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists

Instruction Level: Intermediate

Continuing Education: 12CEs Awarded.


  • $300: Richmont Alumni
  • $350: Guests 


Recommended Texts:

Siegel, D. & Bryson, T.P. (2012). The Whole Brain Child. Bantam Books.

Faber, A & Mazlish, E. (2002). How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk. Avon Books.

Campbell, R. (1992) How to really love your child. Signet.

Instructional Methods:

Power Point, Video examples and experiential activities will be utilized in this presentation.

Disclosure Statement:

CPRT is considered promising for parent training, attachment intervention and disruptive behavior treatment by the California Evidence Based Clearing House and therefore is a viable treatment for many children. There are limitations to CPRT and therefore it is not the best standard of care for all children.

While Dr. Bennett is a contributing author to the CPRT manual, she does not make any royalties of book sales, etc.


For questions, please contact Martha Busby at
Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be made prior to  April 15.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. RGU is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.