Dr. Ruth Hitchcock Dr. Richard L. Gaskill Dr. Katherine Mick


Ruth HitchcockDr. Ruth Hitchcock

Director, Play Therapy Program
Counseling, Educational and School Psychology Department
College of Education
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount, Box 123 Wichita, Kan. 67260-0123
(316) 978-6338

Dr. Ruth Hitchcock has worked as a counselor or counselor educator for more than 35 years. She is currently an Associate Professor of Counseling at Wichita State University and serves as the graduate coordinator and program chair of the counseling program. In addition, she is the director of the play therapy program.

Dr. Hitchcock's focus is school counseling; she also teaches classes in counseling theory, counseling techniques, child abuse and grief, loss and growth. She has presented numerous workshops to teachers, counselors, and community groups. As a volunteer at Cloud Elementary School, she does play therapy with children who are referred for grief, child abuse, behavior problems, and difficulty getting along with peers and/or teachers.

She is a member of the Kansas Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy. She was named Kansas Counselor of the Year in 2007, received the Kansas Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching award, and twice received the College of Education Teaching Award. 

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 Richard J. Gaskill

Richard L. Gaskill, Ed.D.

Sumner Mental Health Center
1601 West 16th Street, Wellington, Kan. 67152
(620) 326-7448

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.

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Katherine MickDr. Katherine Mick

Counseling, Educational and School Psychology Department
College of Education
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount, Box 123 Wichita, Kan. 67260-0123
(316) 978-6339

Dr. Katherine Mick graduated w/ BSN from University of Kansas Medical Center in 1971. She has professional experience as a registered nurse in labor and delivery, infant and maternal care in community health, community outreach and corporate health, mental health, and emergency room.

Graduate degrees achieved include MEd in General Counseling from University of Missouri – St. Louis in 1988; MSN in Mental Health Nursing and Community Health Nursing from Wichita State University in 1991; and PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology from Wichita State University in 2005. Mick holds state licensure as a Clinical Psychologist and national certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist – Mental Health.

Dr. Mick is currently past president of the Kansas Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health; clinician for Wichita Child Guidance Center, Wichita, and in private practice at InDevelopment, Newton, Kan.

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