Oregon Association for Play Therapy

Board Members

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Tony Lai - Past President

Tony is a Mental Health Specialist III for Yamhill County Family and Youth Porgrams in McMinnville, OR. His primary duties include working with children, teens, and families. Tony supervises graduate interns and provides supervision for clinical supervisors. Tony is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) and approved supervisor for LPC/LMFT interns on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT) Registry. Tony is currently serving a 3-year Board term with OBLPCT.

Jamie Bonfiglio - Conference Coordinator

Jamie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (obtaining her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University in 2011), and the Mental Health Therapy Director at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies, Inc. in Oregon City, NE Portland, and McMinnville. Jamie has had extensive training in Play Therapy, and is currently working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist and Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor, and is on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) registries as an Approved Supervisor. Jamie is currently providing supervision for Graduate and Registered Interns, both at her agency and in her free time. She also completed additional training and post-graduate certification in Foster and Adoptive Family Therapy through Portland State University in collaboration with the Department of Human Services, specializing in attachment and trauma. In addition to play, Jamie also believes in the power of Animal Assisted Therapy, and is a certified Pet Handler along with her certified Therapy Dog, Simon, who she brings to work every day. Jamie's specialties include working with children with special needs and their families, foster care and adoptions, the affects of trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and systemic issues within families. Jamie has been a member of the Association of Play Therapy in congruence with the Oregon Association for Play Therapy since 2009, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for ORAPT, on and off, since 2010.

Linsday Balboa - Secretary

Lindsay Balboa is a licensed clinical social worker through the Oregon State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. She also is the continuing education director for the Firefly Institute of Research and Education. Lindsay received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with a specialization in early childhood development from the University of Texas at Austin School of Human Ecology. Lindsay received her Master's of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Social Work with advanced coursework in child development and play therapy practices. Lindsay works in partnership with her dog, Olive, and received training and certification in animal assisted human health through the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Lindsay has received additional training and post-graduate certification in Adoption and Foster Care from Portland State University and is currently pursuing certification in Infant and Toddler Mental Health from Portland State University. Lindsay is certified through Imagination Yoga as a child yoga instructor and she is a member of the Association for Play Therapy. Lindsay is co-writing a book "Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy: The Mind Body Approach for Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences" due to be released in Fall 2018. Lindsay's areas of specialty include issues affecting divorcing families, foster care or adoption, infant mental health, abuse & trauma, anxiety, depression or behavioral issues at school or at home. Lindsay has extensive experience working with families moving through the legal process of separation and divorce, foster care and family court or juvenile justice systems. Lindsay works collaboratively with parents and community partners to create treatment plans based on each individual or family's unique needs utilizing a prescriptive approach of directive and non-directive practices.

Dawn Williamson - Outreach Coordinator

Dawn Williamson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor specializing in clinical practice with those who have experienced trauma. She received her MSW in 1991 from Portland State University where her areas of focus were child sexual abuse and play therapy practice. She originally received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Montana and retains a strong foundation in the generalist perspective. Dawn also teaches both at the PSU School of Social Work and the PSU Trauma-Informed Services program.