With eleven books on treating traumatized children and their families, Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, EMDRIA certified EMDR therapist, is one of the leading experts on the intersection of childhood trauma and play therapy in the world. In her groundbreaking model, TraumaPlay™, she integrates both directive and non-directive approaches to treatment into an umbrella framework that gives clinicians structure to employ evidence-informed interventions with confidence while encouraging creativity and freedom to follow the child’s need all along the way in treatment. She is the Clinical Director and Senior Clinician of Nurture House, the Executive Director of the TraumaPlay Institute, a TedTalk speaker, an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University and a sought-after speaker. With recent engagements in Singapore, Ireland, Nepal, Turkey, China, Australia, and South Africa, Paris trains therapists, teachers, and parents of vulnerable children around the globe. She has served as the Executive Director of the Lipscomb Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Center, is a TNAPT board member, she has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education and is the author of multiple books, chapters and articles related to child therapy including Trauma and Play Therapy, Play Therapy with Traumatized Children, The Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse, and A Safe Circle for Little U and her soon to be released book Parents as Partners in Play Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide.
Financial: Paris Goodyear-Brown has employment relationships with Vanderbilt University, TraumaPlay Institute, and Nurture House. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paris Goodyear-Brown serves as an expert witness in Williamson County and Davidson County courses. She is a board member of the Tennessee Association for Play Therapy.