Jennifer Shaw, Psy.D.

Dr. Shaw has acquired specialized training in the assessment and treatment of trauma in children, assessment and treatment of children who present with sexual behavior problems, and the use of play and expressive therapies with children, adolescents, and families.

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Jennifer Shaw

jshaw@gilinstitute.com

I received a Master's and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. I have a special interest in working with children with a history of early trauma who develop sexual behavior problems, and continue my work with Boundary Project, a research-informed assessment and treatment program initially developed by Dr. Gil for children ages 4-12 years with sexual behavior problems. I have been excited to focus my efforts in further refining and developing useful assessment and treatment strategies.

I provide individual, family, family-focused, and group therapy to children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems as well as children and adults presenting with symptoms of posttraumatic stress, anxiety, adjustment, and complex trauma. I have experience and specialized training in the assessment and treatment of youth with sexual behavior problems, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-focused integrated play therapy (Gil), extended play-based developmental assessments (Gil), art, sand, and play therapy interventions for children, adolescents, and adults who have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, parent-child assessments, therapeutic visitation following separation, play-based developmental assessments of children and adolescents, and Theraplay (attachment-based therapy).

Professional Publications

  • Gil, E. and Shaw, J. (2009). “Prescriptive Play Therapy.” In K. J. O’Connor and L. D. Braverman’s, Play Therapy Theory and Practice: Comparing Theories and Techniques (Chapter 10). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Shaw, J. (2010). Children facing traumatic life events: A review of current research about the incidence and prevalence of interpersonal childhood trauma. In E. Gil, Working with Children to Heal Interpersonal Trauma: The Power of Play (Chapter 1). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Gil, E., & Shaw, J. (2012). Boundary Project: An Integrative, Family-Focused Treatment Manual for Working with Sexual Behavior Problems in Children Ages 4 – 12 years. MI: Self Esteem Shop.
  • Gil, E., & Shaw, J. (2012). Assessment of Sexual Behavior Problems in Children: An Integrative and Play-Based Approach to Assessment. MI: Self Esteem Shop
  • Gil, E., & Shaw, J. (2011). A Book for Kids about Private Parts, Touching, Touching Problems and Other Stuff. MI: Self Esteem Shop.
  • Gil, E., & Shaw, J. (2014). Working with Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Gil, E., Konrath, E., Shaw, J., Goldin, M., & Bryan, H. (2014). Integrative Approach to Play Therapy. In D. Crenshaw & A. Stewart, Play Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Gil, E., & Shaw, J. (in press). Group Therapy for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. In S. Aaronson & C. Haen, The Handbook of Group Therapy for Children and Adolescents. Routledge Press.

Specialized Services

  • Boundary Project: Family-Focused Treatment for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems
  • Assessment of Sexual Behavior Problems in Children (ASBPC, Gil & Shaw)
  • Extended Play-Based Developmental Assessment (EPBDA, Gil)
  • Integrative, Trauma-Informed treatment of children and adolescents
  • Therapeutic Parent-Child Sessions following Separation (TPCS-S)
  • Professional presentations and clinical workshops

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Play Therapy - Member
  • American Psychological Association – Member
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)

Teaching Experience

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work, Springfield, VA: Guest Lecturer – Current Trends in the Assessment and Treatment of Adolescent Sexual Offenders
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work, Springfield, VA: Guest Lecturer – An Integrated Approach to the Treatment of Problem Sexual Behaviors in Children under 12
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work, Springfield, VA: Guest Lecturer – Engaging Parents and the Community to Address Sexual Behavior Problems in Young Children
  • Northern Virginia Community College, Psychology Department, Alexandria, VA: Guest Lecturer – Integrated approaches to working with children
  • George Washington University, School Counseling Department, Alexandria, VA: Guest Lecturer – Creating a Clinical Toolbox Utilizing Play and Expressive Arts Strategies for Young and School-Age Children
  • George Mason University, Master’s in Education, Manassas, VA: Guest Lecturer—Childhood Trauma and its Potential Impact on learning: Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Trauma
  • Introduction to Use of Expressive Arts and Sand Therapy for Children (ongoing, for agencies and group practices in VA, DC, MD regions)

Recent Professional Trainings and Presentations

Dr. Shaw is an ongoing trainer for Dr. Eliana Gil's Starbright Training Institute, Fairfax, VA. She regularly provides 2 and 3 day intensives on the following topics: assessment of sexual behaviors in children; Boundary project: Family-focused treatment of sexual behaviors in children; group play therapy approaches to trauma and chronic stress in children; Extended Play-Based Developmental Assessments (EPBDA, Gil), and; Trauma and play therapy with a neurobiological focus.

6/2016 - The Mel and Phyllis Zachter (OHEL) Institute for Training, Brooklyn, NY: Three Day Staff Intensive: Play-Based Approaches to Assessment and Treatment of Trauma in Infants and Young Children.

6/2016 - National Conference: Annual Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, Co-Sponsored by Starbright Training and Gil Institute, Arlington, VA: Faculty: Therapeutic Parent-Child Sessions following Separation (TPCS-S)

5/2016 - Child Advocacy Centers of Virginia, State Conference, Hampton, VA: 1) Sexual Behavior Assessment & Treatment; 2) The Iimpact of Trauma on Developing Brain

3/2016 - The Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA), Rockville, MD: Master Class: Assessing and Working with Children with Sexual Behavior Problems

2/2016 - British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BC PTA), Vancouver, Canada: Two Day Intensive: Sexually Abused Children & Youth: Understanding the Developmental Impact and Facilitating Recovery

1/2016 - The Mel and Phyllis Zachter (OHEL) Institute for Training, Brooklyn, NY: Full Day Training: Play-Based Approaches to Assessment of Trauma in Young and School-Age Children

11/2015 - State Conference: 19th Annual FAESP Assistant Principal’s Leadership Conference, Fairfax, VA: Identifying Trauma in the Classroom – for Teachers and Administrators

09/2015 - Adoption Agency: Barker Foundation, Bethesda, MD: Sexual Trauma: Understanding the Impact and Facilitating Recovery

07/2015 - National Conference: American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), Boston, MA: Treatment of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems (workshop)

04/2015 - National Conference: Annual Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, Co-Sponsored by Starbright Training and Gil Institute, Arlington, VA: Faculty: Integrative Approaches to Group Play Therapy

11/2014 - National Conference: Expressive Therapies Summit, New York City: Faculty: Using Play Therapy to Help Abused Children with Sexual Behavior Problems

10/2014 - The Maryland/DC Association for Play Therapy, Bethesda, MD: Brain-based Play Therapy Strategies for Traumatized Children: Incorporating expressive arts and mindfulness practice

05/2014 - The Mel and Phyllis Zachter (OHEL) Institute for Training, Brooklyn, NY: Full Day Training: Sexual Behaviors in Children: An Integrative Approach to Assessment and Treatment