Lisa Litz has both an Education Specialist and Master's Degree in Counselor Education from the University of Florida - Gainesville. Lisa received a B.S. in Education from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Lisa is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Lisa is also a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy. Lisa is also a Qualified Supervisor for all three designations.
Lisa currently teaches at three different colleges/universities: University of Cincinnati (online) where she teaches Child Abuse and Neglect, Childhood Trauma & Recovery, and Children's Rights and Protective Services; St. Thomas University (Miami) where she teaches a graduate-level course - Introduction to Play Therapy; and here at Palm Beach State College where she teaches Counseling and Interviewing. Lisa also works at the Parent-Child Center in West Palm Beach, FL. There, she supervises mental health and marriage and family therapists. Lisa also provides play therapy for abused and traumatized children (2 - 18 years old) and their families in a small private practice.
Lisa's teaching philosophy is based on her theoretical foundation for therapy (and life!). In her therapy sessions, Lisa integrates transpersonal ideals with client-centered and gestalt therapy, and includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and/or Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) when appropriate. In the virtual classroom, this translates as a belief that students will learn best when they are able to direct their own learning with some guidance from the instructor. Students in Lisa's classes will submit assignments that reflect not only their knowledge of readings, but also an integration of the material learned - usually as evidenced by their personal experiences. Discussion between students encourages greater synthesis of material learned, as well. Students are also encouraged to use critical thinking skills as a means to attain a fuller understanding of topics covered in her courses. Lisa appreciates student input in courses, and concurs when students describe courses as "work-intensive", and "challenging", but "extremely rewarding".
"Great Teachers make it safe for students to feel comfortable taking the risks required to learn". -- Susan Feigenbaum