Kim Vander Dussen

Associate professor

Child, Adolescent, & Family Psychotherapy

kvanderdussen@argosy.edu

Degrees

  • Psy. D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles 1999
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, 1997
  • B.S., Human Services, Cal State Fullerton 1995
  • B.A., Psychology, Cal State Fullerton 1995

Biography

Kim Vander Dussen, Psy. D., RPT-S is an Associate Professor and Clinical Psychology faculty member at The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California. She is Immediate Past President of the California Branch of the Association for Play Therapy. She currently serves as the chair of the University Education Committee for the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Vander Dussen is a licensed psychologist and registered play therapist and supervisor and is also certified in EMDR. She has certificates in Play Therapy and Infant and Toddler Mental Health. Dr. Vander Dussen also serves on the faculty of UCSD’s Play Therapy Certificate Program. She is in private practice and specializes in the treatment of trauma, attachment, and children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Vander Dussen is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences and workshops.

Expertise

  • Child, Adolescent, & Family Psychotherapy
  • Attachment and Trauma
  • Play Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Play Therapy
  • California Association for Play Therapy
  • Infant Development Association
  • Interdisciplinary Council on Learning and Developmental Disorders

Selected Publications

  • Schenider Corey, M. Corey, G. and Corey, C. (2009). 8th Edition of Groups: Process and Practice Edited Chapter 9 Groups for Children and Chapter 10 Groups for Adolescents.
  • Vander Dussen, K. (2007). CALAPT Newsletter. Book review of Siegel, D. and Hartzell, M. (2004). Parenting from the Inside Out. New York: Tarcher/Penguin Publishing. Published in California Association for Play Therapy Newsletter October 2007.
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. (1996). I Have the Right to be Safe and Free. Published by One-Derland L.L.C. Children’s Coloring Book for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Contributing Author.
  • Corey, G., Corey, C., and Corey, H. (1996). Living and Learning: Belmont, Ca: Wadsworth Publishing. Contributing author.
  • Vander Dussen, K. (2010). CALAPT Today, Volume 21 (5). President’s Message.
  • Vander Dussen, K. (2010) CALAPT Today, Volume 21 (4). President’s Message.
  • Vander Dussen, K. (2010). CALAPT Today, Volume 21 (3). President’s Message.
  • Vander Dussen, K. (2010). CALAPT Today, Volume 21 (2). President’s Message.
  • Vander Dussen, K. (2010). CALAPT Today, Volume 21 (1). President’s Message.

Selected Lectures

  • Patel, R., Vander Dussen, K., Parekh, B. (2012). Past Influencing the Present? Childhood Sexual Abuse: It’s Effects on Couple Dynamics. Western Psychological Association Annual Conference.
  • Hirabayashi, M., Vander Dussen, K., Parekh, B., and Lopez-Nevell, T. (2010). Stress Experienced by Parents of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effects of Intervention and an Exploration of Diversity Factors. American Psychological Association Annual Convention.
  • Hensen, C. Vander Dussen, K., and Parekh, B. (2010). Early Intervention for the Underserved Autism Spectrum Disorder Population. American Psychological Association Annual Convention.
  • Wagner-Millette, A., Hume, M., Vander Dussen, K., Parekh, B. (2010). A Qualitative Investigation of Differential Diagnostic Factors in Methamphetamine-Induced Versus Functional Psychosis. American Psychological Association Annual Convention.
  • Hensen, C. and Vander Dussen, K., Parekh, B. (2010). Early Intervention for the Underserved Autism Spectrum Disorder Population. Early Intervention: Practices that Make a Difference Conference. Infant Development Association State Conference.

Presentations

  • Vander Dussen, K. (November 2012). Play Therapy for Children with Attachment Disorders. University of California San Diego Extension Play Therapy Certificate Program.
  • Vander Dussen, K. (October 2012). Play Therapy for Children with Attachment Disorders. University of California San Diego Extension Play Therapy Certificate Program.
  • Vander Dussen, K. (May 2012.) Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman: Understanding the Mythology behind the Heroes for use in Play Therapy. Southern Regional Play Therapy Conference, Orange, CA.
  • Vander Dussen, K. (April 2012). The Neurobiology of Trauma: How Trauma Impacts the Developing Brain. South Coast Children’s Society. Santa Ana, California.
  • Vander Dussen, K. (March 2012). Developmental and Experiential Play in the Treatment of Childhood Trauma and Attachment. Georgia Association for Play Therapy. Atlanta, Georgia.

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