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Conference Keynote

Dr. Eliana Gil

Assessing and Treating Traumatized Children and Their Families: An Integrated Approach

Dr. Eliana Gil is a Founding Partner of Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education, LLC, a group private practice in Fairfax, Virginia.  She is currently semi-retired and resides in Florida where she provides consulting and supervision on-line.  In addition, Dr. Gil sponsors the Mid-Atlantic Play therapy Institute in VA in the spring, and she provides several trainings through Starbright Training Institute in Virginia, during the year. She is an Approved MFT Supervisor as well as a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist.  She is also a Circle of Security Certified Parenting Educator, a Level II Theraplay provider, and participated and completed a two-year individual certification process with Dr. Bruce Perry.  Dr. Gil is also Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy where she and her colleagues provide trainings on family play therapy and specialized therapy with youth (and their families) who experience childhood trauma.  In the last two decades Eliana has directed two child sexual abuse treatment programs in Northern Virginia (Inova Kellar Center and Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia) and she has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment for the last forty three years. She is a licensed Marriage, Family, Child Counselor who received her doctorate in family therapy from the California Graduate School of Family Psychology in San Rafael, California. She is also a former President of the Association for Play Therapy and received APT’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Dr. Gil has written numerous materials on child abuse and related topics and has a number of educational videotapes that feature her work available through Guilford Press, as well as a self-published videotape on Family Play Therapy.   Her most recent books are Post-Traumatic Play in Children: What Clinicians Should know, Family Play Therapy, 2nd Ed., and Termination Issues in Child Psychotherapy (with Dr. David Crenshaw).  She has many other publications, many of which have been translated to other languages, including Spanish.  Dr. Gil is a well-known lecturer, author, and clinician.  She is bilingual and bicultural, originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador.  Eliana has four grandchildren under the age of nine.