Winter/Spring Parent Workshops with April Duncan

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We are excited to announce an upcoming partnership with April Duncan, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist here in St. Louis. April Duncan (MSW, LCSW, RPT-S) obtained her Bachelor’s in Arts & Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia (2006), Masters of Social Work from Saint Louis University (2012) and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She has a private practice in St. Louis and is the Co-Owner of St. Louis Play Therapy Institute, which provides play therapy training for educational and mental health professionals. Ms. Duncan’s current focus is on national and local workshops with educators and mental health professionals on the use of play therapy.

We first met April last fall after our school counselor, Missey Doll, participated in a phenomenal workshop that April led on racial trauma in Black youth. Missey reached out immediately after the workshop, knowing that April would have much to offer our community. 

We are pleased to announce four virtual, interactive workshops that April will be offering for our parent community over the next four months. Please see the attached flyer for detailed descriptions and mark your calendars! All workshops will be held live on Zoom from 6:30-7:30pm on the listed dates:

  • Tuesday, January 26th: Supporting Families & Children through COVID-19, Part I
  • Tuesday, February 23rd: Supporting Families & Children through COVID-19, Part II
  • Tuesday, March 9th: Racial Justice and Social Activism for Children
  • Tuesday, April 20th: Attachment Play Therapy to Enhance Parent-Child Relationships

In addition, New City School will be closed on February 12th for a professional development day, and we are thrilled that April will spend the morning working with our faculty and staff on the themes of her parent workshops. April will also be conducting several anti-bias workshops for all of our students on a day in mid-February. 

We are really enthusiastic about April’s experience and what she has to offer our entire community. This is a special opportunity that not only helps to provide greater support to all of us as we cope with the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also helps to further our work around diversity and equity and our ongoing work to be stronger educators and parents.

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