Board Members

It’s important to note that all board members and regional leadership are volunteer based. Each one of our board member dedicates their time to Missouri Association for Play Therapy.

If you would like to be involved on the board, as an area rep, or helping with other parts of the organization, please contact the board president.

Erin Golden (Southwest)

Erin Golden (Southwest)


Erin Golden is a licensed clinical psychologist working for Ozark Community Hospital in Springfield, MO. There she sees a wide variety of people ranging from children through teens, adults, and senior citizens and issues ranging from, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, family problems, behavioral deregulation, and trauma. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. She went on to complete her Master’s and Doctorate’s in Clinical Psychology at Forest Institute.

Solcollin Aliscia Heard (Central)

Solcollin Aliscia Heard (Central)


S. Aliscia Heard received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri and a Masters of Education degree with emphasis in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from Stephens College . Since receiving her education, she has worked at Boys and Girls Town of Missouri, Inc. as both a Transitional Living Therapist and a Family Therapist. She has since spent over six years working in the private practice setting and receiving continued education regarding play therapy, trauma, and marital and family therapy. Aliscia is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marital and Family Therapist Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, AutPlay® Level II Certified Therapist, and on the roster as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.  She specializes in working with children, teenagers, adults, couples, and families.

Ann Elliot (Central)

Ann Elliot (Central)

Past President

Ann attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, where she received her education in psychology and theater. Ann is a licensed clinical social worker, certified domestic violence counselor, certified equine assisted psychotherapist, and a certified criminal justice specialist. Recently she was president of Missouri Association and works on promoting play therapy to people around the state.

Katie Brammer (Southwest)

Katie Brammer (Southwest)

Member at Large

Katie Brammer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and business owner of When It Is Needed Counseling, LLC in Springfield, MO. She is an Certified Autism Specialist and works with families, children and adults who are struggling with issues regarding LGBTQ+, abuse, adoption/fostering and neurodevelopmental disorders. Katie is currently working on completing the requirements of obtaining credentials as a Registered Play Therapist and anticipates that she will have necessary steps completed the Fall of 2016. In addition to seeing clients in her practice, Katie has 3 sons that have empowered her, allowed her to make mistakes and given her the opportunity to try again to do better. Her best friend and husband, Chris is a fantastically supportive and influential muse. The family resides with her in Springfield, MO. Futhermore, she is an adjunct professor at Ozarks Technical Community College, where she teaches Abnormal Psychology and Intro to Psychology. Katie is also a member of Human Rights Campaign and Straight for Equality and continues to be an ally for all minorities including those that are gender and sexual minorities. She has facilitated an expressive arts group for children ages 4-13 that identify as gender non-conforming or transgender. It was not until her last year at Missouri State University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling that she first experienced the “Power of Play”. She originally had no true intention of doing therapy with young children, and she was not fond of playing. Her focus was to work with adolescents who are deemed “at risk”, without a play element. Through the growth that she made, while taking Theories of Play Therapy and a Play Practicum, Katie was able to overcome her own difficulty with her childhood, and her fear of play; she is now a firm believer that play includes many components that words simply do not, for persons of all ages. She is an advocate for play therapy and the use of creative expression. Play, to her, is the number one way humans identify and articulate things that cannot be expressed merely by the use of verbiage, plus it is so much more fun than talking.
Cate Johnston (Central)

Cate Johnston (Central)

Technology Officer

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Katie Clayton

Katie Clayton


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Janiece Linneman

Janiece Linneman


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For information about available positions, position descriptions and application process, click below:

Board position Descriptions

2015-2016 MAPT Regional Leadership

Central: We are currently looking to fill this position with 1-2 people

Katie Brammer

Jennie Wilson

Cindy Anders

Jane McKinney

MAPT is looking for Area Reps!

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Here are the rules of governance for the not-for-profit corporation that operates in the State of Missouri as the Missouri Association for Play Therapy.

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Potential members can always fill out an application in person at any of our networking meetings, regional workshops or annual conference. Just ask one of our board members or area reps for assistance.