Cares for: Helping Professionals, Parents and Children, Grief and Trauma Overcomers
Owner & Clinical Director, Play Wellness LLC
Dr. Fountain is an advocate for mental health wellness and embraces preventing mental illness. For the past 14 years, she has focused on providing children with a voice via play and adults with a safe place to overcome life's challenges. Dr. Fountain has experienced several challenging life events (trauma, parental loss, perinatal child loss, etc.) so she understands the courage that it takes to look inwards and heal wounds. She enjoys helping people of all ages, uses talk and non-verbal therapies (e.g., play therapy, game therapy, sand therapy), and has a passion to care for helping professionals, parents and their children, black women/families, and those with experiences of grief, perinatal/ infant/child loss, and trauma. She is trained to provide clinical services in the face-to-face and telemental health (virtual/online) formats. Dr. Fountain is the owner and clinical director at Play Wellness LLC and is the founder of the Child Loss Center Inc.
Dr. Fountain has extensive experience in higher education as a counselor, professor, and clinical supervisor and teaches master's and doctoral level courses at Mercer University, Georgia State University, and for Morehouse School of Medicine's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals. Dr. Fountain has presented over 150 trainings locally, nationally, and internationally, has supervised over 100 mental health clinicians, has shared at 15+ speaking engagements, and has written six professional publications. When in "relaxation mode," she loves being with family, traveling, reading, learning, crocheting, and playing tennis. Dr. Fountain's credentials include the following:
Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Mercer University
Post-Graduate Certificate in Working with Survivors of Violence, Torture, and Trauma, University of Maryland
M.S. Community Counseling, Mercer University
M.Div. Pastoral Care & Counseling, Mercer University
B.S. Business Administration, Alabama State University
Fountain, Y. N. (2020). Physical activity games. In J. Stone and C. E. Schaefer (Eds.), Game play: Therapeutic use of games with children and adolescents (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Fountain, Y. and Gardener, T. (2019, March). Go PLAY! Advocating for the integration of play therapy in the school setting. Play Therapy, 14(1), 4-7.
Fountain, Y. N. (2015). Important factors that contribute to the professional quality of life for registered play therapist and supervisors (Doctoral dissertation). Available from http://search.proquest.com.
Larkin, R., Fountain, Y., Glenn, C., Crumb, L., Smith, J., and Morgan, A. (2015). A behavioral intervention team at a two-year college: Responding to a case of suicidal ideation. The Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention [J-BIT], 3, 44-48.
Larkin, R., Crumb, L., Fountain, Y., Glenn, C., and Smith, J. (2015, June). Managing mental health situations in the advising office. Academic Advising Today, 38(2). Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/resources/academic-advising-today/view-articles/managing-mental-health-situations-in-the-advising-office.aspx
Bayonne, L., Fountain, Y., and Rowland, K. (2014, Spring). Supervisee resistance: Shame in supervision. Southern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervision (SACES), 10(1). Available from http://www.saces.org/
2018 Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, International Association of Healthcare Professionals
2016 Leadership Academy Graduate, Association for Play Therapy (APT)
2015 Outstanding Doctoral Student, Mercer University
2015 Dissertation Grant, Georgia Association for Play Therapy
2014 Behavioral Health Development Leadership Program, Project LIFT, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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Yolanda Fountain, Ph.D., LPC, RPT-S, ACS, NCC