Eliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S, ATR
This is an exciting time to be a professional in the field of child maltreatment. Talented, responsible clinicians and researchers are doing more and more impressive work, and there is much yet to learn. Never before has there been such a large group of interested professionals advancing theories and approaches in order to help abused and traumatized children.
I am truly blessed! I love my work and I am thrilled to be living and practicing at a time when there are so many useful and exciting evidence- and practice-informed treatment models articulated by brilliant clinicians and researchers. I am so grateful to have been present to see the evolution of knowledge, skill, and data that now inform and guide our clinical efforts so that children and families get the very best we can offer. Over the last five years or so I have learned about wonderful attachment-based therapies like Circle of Security and Theraplay. I have also been obtaining an individual certification from Dr. Bruce Perry and these three models, along with the expressive therapies I embrace so fully, have ignited more optimism than ever before!! I look forward to continuing my life-long quest for learning and integration of trauma-informed practices with neuroscience.
I also continue my life-long commitment to training and education. To me, sharing what I've learned and offering meaningful training opportunities is a high priority. Over the years of being a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, I have found it rewarding to stimulate interest in a range of relevant topics such as working with traumatized children, play therapy and post-traumatic play, family play therapy, relational treatments, among others. In addition, over the course of a long career, several assessment and treatment models have emerged in the context of varied clinical settings and with the assistance of talented colleagues. I look forward to continuing to share information in a relaxed and nurturing teaching environment and will also provide opportunities for colleagues to present on their areas of expertise.
Gil Institute is a dream come true, a blending of my clinical, research, and training interests. My colleagues are like-minded, and inspired to maintain a level of excellence and quality of care that is our collective goal and mission.