Casey Casteel
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About Casey

Casey has a M.A. in Professional Counseling and will test to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Summer 2017. She has completed the required 150 hours of training to become a Registered Play therapist (RPT).

Casey has experience providing psychotherapy to children ages 3-12, and their families utilizing child-centered play therapy. During her Masters practicum, she trained with an ADD specialist and acquired therapeutic experience working with children with oppositional defiant disorder, Autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, aggression, school/home behavioral challenges, developmental delays, grief, and life transitions.

Before pursuing her role as a psychotherapist, Casey worked with children, families and schools in various roles as an educator for more than seventeen years. Previously, as the director of Casey's Creative Connections, Casey integrated educational programming into over 60 Houston schools and organizations, trained staff, and provided professional development to school faculty.

She has extensive specialized experience working with students with special needs and has taught in a therapeutic school for children with social and emotional differences as well as a specialized school for children with learning differences. Casey held previous roles as a teacher in private, public and charter schools, and has taught preschool-middle school age children. Currently, Casey offers educator training, and consulting onsite at schools, conferences and other locations. She will begin offering Play therapy and Psychotherapy for children and families in the Summer 2017.

Professional Experience

Educational Trainer & Consultant, Self
(January 2016 - present)
  • Create and provide training to parents, educators and conferences in various subjects related to Child development, Education, Psychology, the Arts, and Special Education.
Psychotherapy/Play therapy practicum intern, Stone creek Psychotherapy
(May 2015 - December 2015)
  • Provided Individual, Family and Group Psychotherapy to children and adults.
  • Led social skills classes for Elementary age children.
  • Focused therapy on Family systems and Play therapy theories.
Founder and Director, Casey's Creative Connections, LLC
(2007 - 2016)
  • Created and taught developmentally appropriate curriculum for Preschool-Elementary age students in Creative Movement, Dance, Drama, Art, and Yoga in more than 60 area schools and organizations.
  • Created and led professional development workshops for educators.
  • Maintained professional relationships with schools, parents and educators.
  • Managed all marketing, administrative support and finances.
  • Hired, trained and managed all staff.
  • See a list of schools that Creative Connections served from 2007-2016
K-8th Fine Arts teacher, The Joy School
(2009-2012)

(Students with learning differences and other special needs)
  • Created and implemented first Primary school Fine Arts classes (Movement, Art, and Drama)
  • Created and taught Middle School Art Electives
K-5th Fine Arts teacher and program director, Ripley House Charter School
(2006 - 2007)
  • Created and implemented the school's first Fine Arts curriculum (Dance, Art, and Drama).
  • Directed multiple all student performances.
  • Established relationships with Arts organizations.
  • Booked field trips and performances based on academic curriculum.
Pre-K teacher and K-8th Art teacher, The Harris School
(students with social/emotional difficulties)
Creative Movement & Drama teacher (Preschool - Middle School)
  • The River Fine Arts studio (children with special needs)
  • Arts A la Carte Fine Arts studio (Preschool-Elementary students)
Additional Teaching Experience
  • Kindergarten Teacher, Spring Branch ISD
  • Motor skills Teacher, Wesley Academy
  • Creative Movement, Dance and Drama Teacher; Marketing liaison, ARTS ALIVE
  • Pre-kindergarten Teacher, Memorial Drive Christian Children's Program
  • Preschool Teacher, Chapelwood School for Young Children
  • Preschool Teacher and after -school Counselor, The Towne Creek School
  • Pre-kindergarten Teacher, First United Methodist Preschool of Bryan
  • Substitute Teacher & Nursery worker, Boston Avenue United Methodist Preschool

Education

  • M.A., Psychology, Professional Counseling, Letourneau University, 3.75 GPA
  • Licensed Professional Counselor eligible, Anticipated test date, June 2016
  • Play Therapy Certification. In progress. Has completed the 150 hours of required coursework.
  • BS, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Houston-Downtown
  • Studied Psychology, Education and the Arts, University Of Tulsa
  • Graduated, Episcopal High school

Professional Development

  • Safe Austin, Identifying trauma in children with IDD, train the trainer course, 16 hours, February 2016
  • Creative trainers and consultants, Train the trainer, Utilizing technology in presentations, 15 hours, February 2016
  • Juliana Poor counseling center (Houston's first Baptist church), 6 hours, January 2016
    • Developing Parenting Skills During Family Play Therapy
  • Top Hands ranch, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy introduction, 3 CEU hours, November 2015
  • Stonecreek Psychotherapy, Early Intervention and Autism, 8 CEU hours, July 2015
  • University of North Texas: Summer Play therapy institute, CEUs and Graduate school credit, July 2015
    • Attachment centered play therapy
    • Interpersonal neurobiology of play
    • Understanding play themes
    • Assessing therapeutic process
    • Sandtray and Lego Superplay
    • Expressive Arts self-care for therapists
    • Paper: Theories in Play therapy
  • Depelchin Children's Center
    • What is play therapy?
    • Working with parents in play therapy and practice play therapy skills
    • Bibliotherapy in Play Therapy and Ethical Play Therapy
    • Play Therapy Intake and Termination and Alternative Theories in Play Therapy
    • Assessing Patterns in Play Therapy and Home Session Review
    • Art Techniques for Play Therapy and Physical Activities for Play Therapy
    • Filial Therapy in Play Therapy and Home Session Review
    • Group and Family Play Therapy
  • Association for Play Therapy conference, 13 CEU hours, October 2014
    • Foundations of play therapy
    • Play therapy in Schools
    • Symbols of trauma and recovery in play and Art
  • Nutrition and health coaching certification, Texas Women's University, Spring 2013
  • National Dance and Movement Therapy Conference, 24 CEU hours, October 2012
  • Summer Dance Institute for Teachers, Creative Dance Center of Seattle, 40 CEU hours, July 2012
  • Master level Dance teacher certification, Leap and Learn curriculum, 24 CEU hours, September, 2011
  • 200 hour Yoga teacher Certification, The Yoga institute, 2009
  • Texas Dance Educators Association, Annual conference, 2007
  • Texas Educational Theater Association, Annual conference, 2007
  • Region IV, The Science of STOMP, 2006

Awards

  • 2009 Nickelodeon Parents' pick for best Houston Art class
  • 2005 Sunshine Kids volunteer of the year award
  • Star teacher award recipient, Ripley house charter school
  • Teacher of the month, The Harris School

Locations Served by Casey's Creative Connections from 2007-2016:

  • After 3 ASP
  • Awty International School
  • Annunciation Orthodox School (AOS)
  • Askew Elementary (HISD)
  • Becker Early Childhood Center
  • Bellaire City Library
  • Beren Academy
  • Beth Yeshurun Day School
  • Big Little School
  • Briargrove Elementary (HISD)
  • Briarmeadow Charter School (HISD)
  • The Briarwood School (Tuttle School)
  • Bunker Hill Elementary (SBISD)
  • Cambridge Montessori
  • Chapelwood Preschool
  • CIASP
  • The Club at New Territory
  • Easter Seals
  • ECMC Conference
  • First Colony Community Center
  • First United Methodist-Downtown
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Harvard Elementary (HISD)
  • Garden Oaks Elementary (HISD)
  • Girl Scouts (Various troops)
  • HAAEYC Conference
  • The Harris School
  • Harvard Elementary (HISD)
  • Holy Stroller's Moms Group
  • The Joy School
  • Kids Developmental Clinic
  • Longfellow Elementary (HISD)
  • Lovett Elementary (HISD)
  • Memorial Drive Presbyterian Activity Center
  • McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library
  • Oak forest Elementary (HISD)
  • The Parish School
  • Poe Elementary (HISD)
  • The Presbyterian School
  • Presbyterian Early Childhood Conference
  • PTAC Conference
  • The Quillian Center
  • The Rice school (HISD)
  • River Oaks Baptist School
  • River Oaks Elementary School (HISD)
  • Roberts Elementary
  • Rusk School (HISD)
  • The School at St. George (HISD)
  • The Shlenker School
  • Social Motion Skills
  • Spring Branch Memorial Library
  • St. Martin's Episcopal Activity Center
  • St. Francis Episcopal Day School
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal School
  • Tanglewood Academy
  • Travis Elementary (HISD)
  • Trotter YMCA
  • Twain Elementary (HISD)
  • UOS Montessori School
  • Westminster United Methodist Weekday School
  • West University Recreation Center
  • West University Library
  • Westview School

Past Non-profit Leadership & Community Involvement

Sunshine Kids Foundation Volunteer
  • 2005 Sunshine Kids volunteer of the year award recipient
  • Organized Katrina relief drive for cancer patients and their families that were relocated to Texas Children's hospital
  • Organized candy and costume drive for donation to the annual Halloween party
Young Texans Against Cancer
Board of Directors (2004- 2007), Member (2002-2010)

Led as an active board member of an organization of young people with an active membership of more than 300 and a database of nearly 2500.

Charity Committee Chair
2005 - 2007
  • Created first organization grant application for donation recipients.
    • Ten organizations applied utilizing the grant and $27,500 was awarded to the recipient.
    • Facilitated grant review and evaluation process. Led committee voting meeting.
  • Planned and secured underwriters for 2007 unveiling party of 60 people.
  • Researched, reviewed and presented all potential donation recipients for the annual $20,000 donation.
  • Facilitated committee meeting to select 2006 donation recipient.
  • Planned and prepared all aspects of the 2006 unveiling party for more than 75 people.
  • Coordinated the organization's first $25,000 interim donation
Volunteer Committee Chair
2005 - 2007
  • Expanded volunteer activities calendar to twelve volunteer projects per year from six projects per year.
  • Responsible for all charity relations, recruitment of volunteers and planning of all monthly volunteer activities.
  • Doubled our affiliations with local cancer charities.
  • Planned and led Texas Children's hospital Valentine's party.
  • Planned, recruited volunteers and led Sunshine Kids party for more than 60 kids and 25 volunteers.
  • Coordinated volunteers, dinner, craft and games for 100+ people at Ronald McDonald house each quarter.
  • Coordinated and led 15 volunteers and 60+ kids at a volunteer event with Sunshine Kids at the Houston Texans football game.
  • Led the annual "win a fish" booth at the Candle lighters carnival for children with cancer annually.
  • 2005 Holiday adopt a family coordinator.
    • Recruited 35 donors to provide gifts and financial contributions.
    • Purchased gifts from the family's wish list.
    • Organized group wrapping of gifts and delivery.
    • Largest volunteer participation in organization history.
Membership Chair
2004 - 2005
  • Actively recruited members at regular events and via various media
  • Led membership drive that contacted more than 3000 area members via mail
Stehlin Foundation for Cancer research, Gala and Auction committee
Spring - Fall 2004
  • Assisted in organizing gala and auction that raised $700,000 for cancer research.
  • Member contact chairperson
  • Solicited local businesses for items donated.
Camp Periwinkle, Arts and Crafts Counselor
July 2005
  • Spent one week at camp leading arts and crafts projects for childhood oncology patients, siblings and survivors.
Kappa Delta Houston Night Alumnae Association, Board of Directors
2002 - 2007
  • VP- Philanthropy 2004 - 2005, 2006 - 2007
    Coordinate and recruit volunteers for all organization sponsored service events.
  • President and Program coordinator 2003 - 2004
    Led all meetings, group correspondence and created and coordinated all programming.
  • Webmaster of www.kdhnaa.com 2003 - 2007
    Designed and maintained organizations website.
  • Interim President, VP-Membership and Program Coordinator 2002 - 2003
    Led all meetings, group correspondence & created/coordinated all programming.
    Recruited new members through activities, mail, email and phone calls.