I am excited to begin the journey of President of MIAPT. There are so many thoughts that cross my mind as we enter into summer. It's a time for working in the yard and spending time with family. This is a strong reminder of the need for self-care, a word that is often spoken in my office to parents and teens. We have to make sure we are making time for our own needs as well.
It's been a grand adventure volunteering with the board at MIAPT and a very enlightening experience. I have met new clinicians and have become more involved in the development of the play therapy community. As we create more events and networking opportunities, I am hopeful that more and more of you will consider volunteering and attending. The use of technology has eased the need to drive and saves time, allowing for more ease of participation in the community of play therapists, which is pleasantly surprising.
I was able to participate in a play therapy conference in the D.C. area earlier this spring. This was also an enlightening experience. The focus of this symposium was the African American community. It was a wonderful and innovative way to bridge community and culture with play therapy. I am hopeful that this method of community and joining together with the other chapters will continue to provide a bridge for learning and healing. The symposium really emphasized the need for cultural competency in a variety of ways. It's my further hope that we can continue to expand upon this idea of inclusion and cultural competency of diversity in our communities.
Play seems to be a universal language and its important to grow in our approaches to more marginalized groups. We should strive to make our gifts of play available to many and to expand the practitioners who utilize this wonderful modality.
I am looking forward to a great year of learning and growth with MIAPT. Thank you so much for allowing me this opportunity!
Shana Bombrys, MSW, LMSW, CADC, ADS
Registered Play Therapist