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Meet Your Presenters:

Kelsie Bacon


Kelsie Bacon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. She is a clinical therapist and supervisor at The Treehouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kelsie is multiply neurodivergent and specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, including working with autistic children, neurodivergent children, and those diagnosed with ADHD and other developmental disabilities. She is certified in Autplay Therapy, level 1 and 2 sand tray trained, Level 3 OCN London accredited in Supporting Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), and has her Down Syndrome Awareness Diploma. Kelsie is an integrative and prescriptive play therapist drawing from theories and modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Experiential Play Therapy, Theraplay, Adlerian Play Therapy, Attachment theory, Sand tray, Mindfulness, Art, and DIR Floortime.
Kelsie has given national and international presentations on working with neurodivergent populations using play therapy. Kelsie is passionate about providing support and consultation to individuals, families, and therapists regarding PDA characteristics and strategies. She is a published author and co-authored the book Supporting Autistic Ava, with Lynn Louse Wonders. She was a guest on the Neurodiversity podcast where she spoke on depression and suicide in the neurodivergent community. She is a current board member of the Association for Play Therapy, New Mexico Branch, and is the current secretary for the Child Counseling Center and Play Therapy Institute of New Mexico board. Kelsie is a current participant in the 2023 Association of Play Therapy Leadership Academy.

Ivette Acevedo Weatherholtz


Ivette is a doctoral student at the University of New Mexico. She is a bilingual and bicultural counselor and supervisor. Ivette specializes in intergenerational trauma, migration trauma, attachment repair and reunification, cultural and race-based trauma, bilingual counselor development and supervision, and anti-oppressive practices. She is passionate about integrating creativity, play, somatic psychology, and natural healing practices to provide holistic therapeutic experiences that rupture cycles of intergenerational, community, and social-political trauma. Ivette is an LPCC, a National Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She has completed certifications in EMDR and ITCT-A and is also CAMS trained and a TBRI Practitioner.
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