Professional Bio

Degrees

  • PhD, Counselor Education and Counseling, Idaho State University, 1999
  • Master’s in Counseling, Mental Health and School Counseling, Idaho State University, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Sociology, Adams State College, Cum Laude, 1993

Professional Memberships

  • Regis University, Rho Upsilon Chi chapter, 2008-present
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), 1996-present
  • Association for Play Therapy (APT), 1995-present
  • American Counseling Association (ACA), 1994-present
  • Chi Sigma Iota, 1997-present
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), 1997-present
ClinicalCredentials
  • Certified Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor (Intern), 2011-present
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #5073), State of Colorado, 2008-present
  • Approved Provider for the Association for Play Therapy (APT) to offer continuing education credit (Provider #07-197), 2006-present
  • Licensed Professional Counselor-Board Approved Supervisor (LPC-S #2262), State of Louisiana, 2001-present
  • Colorado Association for Play Therapy (CAPT), 2008-present

Research & Scholarship

Recent Publications

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

*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

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.

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.

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.

Regional Conferences:

 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