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Champions for Children will hold its annual “Brighter Future Symposium” Friday, April 8, at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, from 9 am-4 pm. Registration and vendor booths open at 8:30 am. begins at This year’s conference will feature Sue Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S as the conference speaker, lunch, vendor tables, networking and door prizes. Sponsors are Marvin United Methodist Church, Region’s Bank, Brookshire Grocery Company, and United Healthcare Dental. Tickets are available at

This year’s conference speaker Sue Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S is Professor Emerita, University of North Texas, and Director Emerita, UNT Center for Play Therapy with 30 years of experience as a practitioner and researcher. Sue is an internationally-known speaker and author with over 90 publications and 300 professional presentations in the areas of play therapy, Child- Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), and Child-Centered Play Therapy. She is co-author of Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), the CPRT Treatment Manual, and CPRT in Action, a demonstration video illustrating CPRT with adoptive families, as well as three additional contemporary edited texts. Her research agenda is focused on examining the effectiveness of play therapy, CPRT, and school-based counseling services for young children and their families.

Sue is a Past President of the Association for Play Therapy (APT), recipient of the 2016 APT Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007 APT Outstanding Research Award, the 2011 Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor Award, the 2013 ACA Best Practice Award, the 2013 AHC Humanistic Educator/ Supervisor Award, the 2014 ACA Extended Research Award, and several UNT teaching, research and service awards.

She is an active social advocate for children at the local, national, and international level, particularly under-served children who have experienced interpersonal trauma. Her career-long passion and record of service is focused on helping children receive the help and nurturing they need to reach their full potential.

The day-long event is $75 per person. Attendees will receive training hours. Vendor tables are available for $150 which includes two tickets to the conference. For tickets, vendor information or other questions, please call Champions for Children at (903) 592-1454 or visit

Champions for Children has been serving East Texas for more than 25 years. The organization’s mission is to provide education, mentoring, tools, and support to caregivers, teachers, and parents to help children achieve their full potential.

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