RUTH OUZTS MOORE: I maintain an active clinical practice. And I work a lot with-- my area of specialty is counseling children and adolescents, particularly those who have experienced abuse and trauma. So I do play therapy with them and am very active in the Association for Play Therapy as well as other professional organizations.
I believe very strongly in sharing my clinical experiences with you. In an online environment, it can be challenging, because you don't have that face-to-face interaction. But even in the classroom, when I'm posting to you, I will share my client experiences, because I believe that that's how learning takes place. It's one thing to read about a concept in the book. It's another to know, this is what you'll see, this is how the client will present, and this is how you can help that client.
When people think of me, a lot of times, they think of the lady with a big bag of toys, because I love to play, and I love to be creative. So I always try to find a way to bring creativity, whether it's to my residency classrooms or whether it's to my online classrooms or face-to-face interactions. I've always got something creative that's brewing. And part of the reward of being a counselor is to be able to have fun.
And for me, I try to think of, how can I bring my creativity to my clients? How can I bring my creativity to you as students to-- it's one thing to read about it, but how can I make it sink in to where you have that, aha, I get it, oh, yes, that really made it sink in with me. And that's what I try to bring. I'm Dr. Ruth Moore, and I teach for the master's of mental health counseling program for Walden University.