Cindy Puccio

BA, Middlebury College. MA, Sarah Lawrence College. MSW, New York University. PhD, Fielding Graduate University. Developmental psychologist and clinical social worker. Areas of speciality and interest in autism and developmental disorders, infancy and early childhood mental health, child-centered play therapy, humor development, therapeutic work with parents, and sensory processing and integration in young children. SLC, 2017–

Graduate Courses

Child Development 2020-2021

Early Intervention Approaches for Young Children and Their Families

Graduate Seminar—Spring
This course will explore several early intervention approaches for young children and their families, with a particular emphasis on the theory and technique of play therapy. While the course will focus mostly on child-centered play therapy (CCPT), we will also look at the methodology of other types of approaches and the ways in which those approaches address treatment issues. In addition, course material will highlight cultural considerations, therapeutic work with parents, challenges in treatment, self-reflection, and analysis of case studies. Readings, class discussion, group play-based activities, video illustrations, and reflection will provide students with both a theoretical and a clinical basis for how play-based therapeutic work with young children factors into early intervention.