Congratulations to 2017's 'Alice Award' Recipient:
Rick Gaskill, Ed.D, LCP, LCPC, RPT-S, IMH-E® (IV)
Rick was the recipient of the annual Alice Eberhart Wright Visionary Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements and significant contributions in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. The Alice Eberhart-Wright award has been established in honor of Alice Eberhart-Wright, a pioneer in infant and early childhood mental health. The award is given to those who represent the mission of KAIMH and illustrates passion, creativity and best practices in their work supporting infant and early childhood mental health in Kansas.
Dr. Richard L. Gaskill has worked in community mental health for over 35 years. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Kansas. He holds specialty credentialing as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor through the Association for Play therapy and is endorsed by the Kansas Association for Infant Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical Level IV.
He currently serves as the Clinical Director and Deputy Director of Sumner Mental Health Center in Wellington, KS. He was the Center Children's Services Director for over 20 years. Dr. Gaskill has developed numerous programs for children and parents; including child development classes, parenting classes, Child-Parent Relationship Training (Filial Therapy), Infant-Parent Relationship groups, attachment enhancement treatment groups, therapeutic alternative schools, therapeutic preschools, after school programs, and juvenile offender programs. He has also served on a number of state level work groups regarding the delivery of children’s services.
Dr. Gaskill is an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling, Education, and School Psychology Program at Wichita State University, where he teaches play therapy, and supervises play therapy practicums. He presents workshops on play therapy and the neurobiological impact of social and emotional trauma throughout the US, Canada, and Australia.
Dr. Gaskill has also published several professional magazine articles and a book chapter on these topics. Dr. Gaskill was the first Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor in Kansas and was a founding board member of the Kansas Play Therapy Association Board, serving as President in 2004. He has also served on KSAPT and national APT committees for play therapy. Dr. Gaskill was named a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas, in 2004. Dr. Gaskill received the Chairman’s Award from Future’s Unlimited in 1997 for his work with at risk 0 to 5 year old children. In 2005, Dr. Gaskill was named the Head Start Partner of the Year in Kansas for his work with therapeutic preschools. In 2006, he was named one of the Regional Administrator’s Leadership Award Winners for ACF Region VI of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Pictured with Alice Eberhart-Wright.