Amanda Lafferty, B.Sc.,B.Sc.OT, MACP.

Amanda Lafferty is a Registered Psychologist and the owner and operator of Solution Focused Psychology. Her practice specializes in the assessment and treatment of children who struggle with separation and divorce, trauma, attachment disorders, autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders, depression, and anxiety. Amanda has additional training in play therapy, play-based treatment of trauma, sand play therapy, and collaborative law. She has collaborated on the creation of two therapeutic play-based groups for children, "The Friend Ship" and "Play’ in Around."

 

Recently, Amanda has been incorporating shame identification and resiliency training into her practice when she is working with individuals and families. Embracing the concepts of vulnerability, courage, and self-compassion, as important elements of parenting and increasing the resilience of children is a new found passion of Amanda’s. Amanda was born and raised in Medicine Hat. She is the proud mother of Atticus T. and a dog lover.

 

Education

Yorkville University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada - Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, degree received December 2008.

University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, Canada - Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, degree received June 2005.

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Bachelor of Science Specialization in Psychology, degree received June 2002.



Career History

Private Practice - Solution Focused Psychology - 2009

Psychologist 1, Community Mental Health - 2009 to 2010

Child Developmental Specialist (CDS1), CHADS Behavioral Services - 2008

Occupational Therapist, Riverview Care Centre - 2008 to 2009

Occupational Therapist, Medicine Hat Regional Hospital - Therapy Services - 2005 to 2008

Certificates, Awards & Achievements

2015   Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute presents: Play Therapy with Traumatized Children. Dr. Jytte Mielcke - Denmark.  Course taken in Calgary.
2015   Provided Expert Witness Testimony in Court for Parenting Capacity Assessments for Child & Family Services.
2015   Rising Strong - By Brene Brown - Received Certification as a Certifiied Rising Strong Facilitator.
2014   The Neurobiology of Expressive Play Therapy: Connecting Heart and Mind with: Marie-Jose Dhaeae and Dr. Rick Gaskell. October 2nd and 3rd, 2014 Justice Institute of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
2014   The Daring Way - By Brene Brown - Received Certification as a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF).
2014   Provided Expert Witness Testimony in Court for Parenting Capacity Assessments for Child and Family Services.
2013   Connections. A 12-Session Psychoeducational Shame Resilience
Curriculum. Brene Brown. San Antonio, Texas. Shame underlies the vast majority of presenting issues that we see, yet it's extremely difficult to address. The certification process gives facilitators the skills, knowledge, and awareness to understand shame, identify how and where it's showing up in our work and in the lives of our clients, and how to work with clients to cultivate shame resilience so they can begin to explore the power of love, belonging, and being enough.
2013   Parenting After Separation -Medicine Hat Family Services

2013   Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute presents:A Specialized Workshop on Play-Based Attachment Work with Children. Presenter: Eileen Prediville - Director of the Children's Therapy Centre (CTC), Ballymore, Co Wetmeath, Ireland. The style and content of children's self-directed play helps us to learn about their personalities and their preoccupations. In particular, their ways of engaging in embodied play, small world play and role play can help us to learn about their life experiences and events that have contributed to interruptions in their development of physical identity, emotional identity, and capacity to engage in successful relationships
2012   The Yellow Stream Program - Certificate in Sandplay. Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute. Participants will be exposed to various theoretical orientations of sandplay and engage in both directive and non-directive approaches when working with children. The goal of this program is to deepen participants’ understanding and experience with using symbols and metaphors in sandplay. The program focuses on assisting participants to track the sandplay process and expand inquiry skills.
2012   Provided Expert Witness Testimony in Court as the Parent Child Counsellor for the New Ways for Families Program
2012   Author in Cribs 2 Crayons (Medicine Hat News). Spring 2012 Touch - A Touch Subject. Fall 2012 Putting Your Children First During Separation and Divorce - What it really looks like.
2011   Author in Cribs 2 Crayons (Medicine Hat News). Winter 2011 -Faster! Higher! Harder! Children Need Risky Play!
2011   Topic: Capacity Assessment Session
Host: Office of the Public Guardian - June 8, 2011.
2011   Participant in the SCERTS workshop January 24-26, 2011 in Medicine Hat, Alberta
2010   The Yellow Stream Program- Certificate in the Play Based Treatment of Trauma - Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute. Practitioners require a total of 30 hours of play therapy training as one part of their requirement for certification. This course prepares Counselors to use a variety of play-based interventions when working with traumatized children and adolescents.

Keys to the Treasure Chest: Discover the Gems Within! Strategies for Behavioral Management for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Today - Nov. 22-23, 2010 - Calgary, AB.
2010   Collaborative Professionals of Medicine Hat
2010   Red Stream- Advanced Theory and Techniques in Play Therapy. Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute. The Red Stream is a certificate program that offers 75 hours of approved/certified training in play therapy. The goal of this program is to expand assessment and treatment planning skills, increase competence in the use of various play therapy modalities, and gain practical skills as a practitioner in play therapy.
2010   College of Alberta Psychologists. Registered Psychologist. Registration Number 3576
2010   Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Team Protocol Training, Calgary, AB. Nancy J. Ross.
2010   Green Stream - Foundations of Play Therapy. Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institution. The Foundations of Play Therapy is a certificate program that offers 75 hours of approved/certified training in play therapy. An introduction to play therapy history, theory, and techniques. skills in play therapy to provide emotional support to individual children with slight to moderate problems.
2009   Asist- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
2009   Two day training course for, “Understanding & Managing High Conflict Personalities & New Ways for Families in Court & Collaborative Cases.”October 2 & 3, 2009. Presenter: Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.,CFLS.
2009   Responding to Aggressive People (RAP) Training Course
2009   Progressive Goal Attainment Program Provider (PGAP) September 25 & 26, 2009. Winnipeg, MB. Presenter: Dr. Michael Sullivan
2009   Introduction to the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Fourth Edition
2008   College of Alberta Psychologist. Provisional Psychologist. Registration Number 707p
2008   Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
2009   1-2-3 Magic Parenting Course
2008   Love and Logic Parenting Course
2008   Differentiation of Venous Leg Ulcers, ConvaTech.e.a.l. Professional Program
2008   Heads up for Healthier Brains, Alzheimer Conference 2008.
Presented on The Effects of Care Giver Stress at the conference.
2006   Bobath Treatment of the Hemiplegic Upper Extremity Introductory Course
2006   Alberta Aids to Daily Living Authorizer. Authorizer number TO-465
2006   Functional Measure of Independence Measure (FIM) Assessor
2005   AAROT Certificate of Registration 2005. Registration Number 3206
2005   Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) Introductory course