Jodi Smith LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S
Play Therapy &
Animal Assisted Play Therapy™
supervision and consultation.
Play Is Powerful! strives to provide quality play therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy™
training, supervision and consultation.
Jodi Smith LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S and her canine co-therapists, Daltrey and Daenerys provide play therapy services to people of all ages. Jodi is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist. Jodi has been working with troubled and at-risk children, teenagers and their families, in various capacities, for over 15 years. She has worked extensively with children in a wide variety of settings including residential treatment centers, hospital settings, and in schools. She is currently the Director of Norton-Fisher Child & Family Programs for West End Family Counseling. Additionally, she maintains a private practice in Claremont and is a part-time lecturer for USC School of Social Work. She received her Bachelors of Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California.
She is actively involved with the California Association for Play Therapy and has held various leadership roles with the organization in the past. Additionally, in 2005 Jodi had the privilege of participating in a joint relief effort between the Association for Play Therapy and Operation USA in providing direct intervention and training to Tsunami survivors and care providers in Sri Lanka.
What is play therapy? The Association for Play Therapy (APT) defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."
What is Animal Assisted Play Therapy™? Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ is the integrated involvement of animals in the context of play therapy, in which appropriately-trained therapists and animals engage with child, family, and adult clients primarily in play interventions aimed at improving the client’s psychosocial health, while simultaneously ensuring the animal’s well-being and voluntary engagementin the process. Play and playfulness are essential ingredients of the interactions and the relationship. (VanFleet, 2013, 2015)