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LAPT 2019 Conference
Feb. 8-9, 2019
Liana Lowenstein
Creative Interventions for Traumatized Children


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Carolyn Ellender, LCSW-BACS, LPC
Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor
Legislative, Ethics & By-laws Committee


Carolyn Ponder Ellender currently works in private practice specializing in play therapy with children and adolescents as well as providing family therapy and focusing on family issues and school related issues. She received M.Ed. and a MSW degrees from Louisiana State University. Her forty-eight years of professional experience include working as a classroom teacher, an elementary school counselor, co-owner of a tutoring business, Director of The Parenting Center of Family Service of Great Baton Rouge, having clinical practices in different settings - Family Service Agency, child/psychiatrist office and now shares an office practice with four other therapists. In addition, she has served as a supervisor for student interns while at the Family Service Agency and currently with therapists working on the Registered Play Therapy certification. She has presented parenting education classes for four decades including local television appearances, radio broadcasts, as well as writing newspaper and magazine articles. Throughout all her career in whatever capacity, she has served as a child advocate. Carolyn has served two terms as President of the Louisiana Association for Play Therapy.

Carolyn has been married since 1968, has three daughters, five grandsons and one granddaughter.