About Allan M. Gonsher, Founder and CEO

Author of An Allowance is Not a Bribe, Editor of The Administrative Challenges of (PLAY) Therapy, and an MSW graduate from Columbia University in New York. He has spent his career in the Playroom with children and their families for the last 40 years.

Founder and CEO Allan M. Gonsher is a registered Play Therapy Supervisor and past member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, Association for Play Therapy, and past Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Allan is an adjunct professor at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, and a guest lecturer at the Hebrew University School of Social Work in Israel. Previously, Allan taught at the University of Nebraska School of Social Work, Drake University, and Creighton University.

Pets In The Play Room

What about pets in the Play Room? Is it a distraction or enhancement to the therapy? A lot is being practiced in this area. A lot is being researched. Read More

Children And Play In The Mist Of Gun Violence

An article entitled “Disciplining children over fake guns may be a wrong lesson” recently appeared on Yahoo.  It is an old theme.  After Columbine, the temperament and nature of the work I do changed dramatically.  Kids were suspended from school immediately if they “played aggressively.”  Parents were concerned their kids would be the next “killers.”  […]