Lauren Gaspar, LCSW has been a lecturer for the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, since 2006. She teaches Methods of Play Intervention and Treatment of Children and Adolescents, and in the past has taught Grief Counseling, Theories and Methods of Group Intervention, and Social Work Practice with Abused and Neglected Children and Families.
Lauren is originally from Dallas, TX and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UT in 1999. She then attended the Boston University School of Social Work and received a Master of Social Work in 2001. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Texas since 2005, previous to being a licensed social worker for the State of Massachusetts.
Lauren’s worked experience began with treating young children with play therapy and sand tray therapy. In 2001 she worked at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Boston as a sexual abuse therapist through the Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA). Originally a volunteer, her involvement with the Good Grief Program of Boston expanded in 2002 when she was asked to join their staff full time to treat immediate family members of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks. Through this grant she conducted individual therapy for family members and facilitated various groups for 9/11 affected widows, siblings, and children. Following a short move to Montreal, Quebec she returned to the Austin in 2005 and served as the Director for Sexual Assault Services for Hope Alliance for two years.
In May of 2007 Lauren founded the Good Mourning Counseling Center in central Austin. Treating children as young as 3 she specializes in treating victims of domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, as well as issues around death and dying, divorce, medical trauma, anxiety, and depression. She is trained in play therapy, sand tray therapy, and EMDR. Lauren has been a member of the NASW since 2001 and has served as Co-President of the Board of Directors for the Central Texas chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2011. She served as conference chair for the UTSSW Play Therapy Symposium in both 2012 and 2013. Lauren currently lives in Austin with her husband, daughter Nicole and son Jackson.
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Grief and loss issues, sexual and physical abuse, trauma with children and families, sexually reactive behaviors in children; sexual abuse evaluations.
- M.S.W., Boston University
- B.A., University of Texas at Austin
Social Work BuildingRoom:3.104A
Mailing AddressThe University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358