Friday Evening Lecture Series: PluckyWize Program-A New Play Therapy Model Using CBT, Robin O’Heeron, Ph.D. and Jessica Pinto, LMFT

  • Fri, June 17, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Room 201, Corte Madera, Ca 94925



June 17, 2016

The PluckyWize Program - A New Play Therapy Model Using CBT

Robin O’Heeron, PSY & Jessica Pinto, LMFT

As therapists, we are always looking for new, creative, and engaging ways to teach CBT to children, especially those who are facing anxiety-provoking challenges. Robin O’Heeron, Ph.D., introduces an original and innovative approach, which includes an adventure map that utilizes evidence-based CBT strategies combined with mindfulness and play therapy techniques. (A PluckyWize Adventure Map will be provided.)

This presentation demonstrates how CBT strategies, integrated with play therapy, can help children shift from “anxiety-based thinking” to “courage-based thinking.” Dr. O’Heeron identifies how the locations along the trails of the maps correspond to CBT processes that guide both the therapist and client through skill building opportunities in a playful format.

Participants will learn how to help children and families realize that confronting challenges and developing behavioral changes are ongoing processes, much like taking a long hike, rather than making a “quick fix.” Dr. O’Heeron will also share a brief history of the development of her program.

Dr. Robin O’Heeron, PhD (CA PSY14413) is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Marin County, California with over 26 years of experience. She is a former affiliate of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. O’Heeron works with clients with a variety of concerns including but not limited to the treatment of anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive and related disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Dr. O’Heeron’s extensive training and experience integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Family Therapy, and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.

Jessica Pinto, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC53420) who specializes in helping children and teens overcome anxiety, build self-esteem, strengthen coping skills, understand and modulate emotions, and better navigate their social worlds.  She also specializes in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and is the founder of Equinicity Marin where she collaborates with her horse and utilizes the healing powers of nature to promote insight, growth and learning. 


Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Evening Lecture Series and about joining the Committee, contact Committee Chairs, Suzanne Richardson and Scott Nelson

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director at Large for Programs no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Grievance ProcedureMarin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director at Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination PolicyMarin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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