Kelli B. Ritter
Areas of Focus:
Child, Adolescent and Family Counseling, Wellness, Courage and Resilience
- Ph.D., Counseling, Georgia State University, 2003.
- M.S., Counseling, Georgia State University, 1998.
- B.S., Psychology, Georgia State University, 1993.
Dr. Ritter is an Assistant Professor in Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor, serving as a counselor and supervisor over the past two decades. Dr. Ritter earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from Georgia State University with a concentration in Child and Family Counseling. She is the Founder and President of Effective Parenting, LLC. Dr. Ritter has many years of experience working with children and families as well as consulting and counseling services. Her book and DVD set, Come Play with Me!, teaches parents and caregivers how to use play therapy skills with children. Dr. Ritter’s primary research interest involves how to create environments that are more likely to help people become courageous and resilient. Her other areas of research interest include: Health, Wellness and Self-Care, Parenting/parent education, Play Therapy, Multicultural Counseling, Happiness, Courage and Resilience. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Ritter is also a certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and Consultant.
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
- Association for Play Therapy (APT)
- Chi Sigma Iota (CSI)
- Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA)
Ritter, K. B., & Riley, L. E. (manuscript in progress). The use of sand tray interventions to improve social skills of children on the Autism Spectrum: A review of the literature.
Ritter, K. B. (2006). Come play with me! Effective parent-child play: Using structured playtime to interact with young children and practice useful parenting skills. Atlanta, GA: Effective Parenting, LLC.
Chang, C. Y., Ritter, K. B. &, Hays, D. G. (2005). Multicultural trends and toys in play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy.
Draper, K., Ritter, K. B., & Willingham, E. U. (2003). Sand tray group counseling with adolescents. Journal for Specialists in Group Work.
Ritter, K. B., & Chang, C. Y. (2002). Play therapists’ self-perceived multicultural competence and adequacy of training. International Journal of Play Therapy.
Ritter, K. B., Video Production: Come Play with Me! DVD, 2008, Effective Parenting, LLC
Professional Conference Presentations:
McLeod, A. L., Spargo, A., Ritter, K. B., Blasko, L. S., Watson, T. I. & Barnes, N. (2015, October). Preparing for Practicum & Internship: A Proactive Approach to Gatekeeping. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Reese, M. K., & Ritter, K. B. (2013, October). The doctoral internship experience in a Counselor Education and Supervision program, Accepted Presentation for upcoming Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Denver, CO.
Ritter, K. B., Marshall, D. S., & McLeod, A. L. (2012, July). Suicide Prevention: Challenges & Opportunities in a Changing World. American Mental Health Counselors Association Conference, Orlando, FL.
Marshall, D. S., McLeod, A. L. & Ritter, K. B. (2012, September). Addressing suicide during the practicum experience: An exploration of best practices. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference. Savannah, GA.
Ritter, K. B., & Riley, L. (2012, September). Sandtray work in counselor education from play therapy to supervision. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference. Savannah, GA.
McLeod, A.L., Spargo, A.L., & Ritter, K.B. (2011, October). Bridging the gap: Strategies for providing orientation, assistance, consultation, and professional development opportunities for site supervisors. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Nashville, TN.
Professional Workshops and Seminars:
Ritter, K. B. (2014-present). Daring Way™ workshops and groups.
Ritter, K. B. (2013-present). Wholehearted Parenting workshops.
Ritter, K. B. (2010-present). Courageous Kids™ workshops for parents and teachers.