Terry Tisdell Kottman '75 honored at Grinnell Alumni Reunion

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2010 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College recognized the professional accomplishments and service contributions of nine alumni during Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 2-6 on the Grinnell campus. Alumni Award winners are members of reunion classes who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities and embody Grinnell’s mission of life-long learning and service.

Terry Tisdell Kottman, a 1975 graduate of Grinnell College from Cedar Falls, Iowa, received an Alumni Award. Following is the citation read about Kottman’s accomplishments: “As a professor, a writer, and entrepreneur, Terry Tisdell Kottman has integrated inspirational messages with cutting-edge research to help counselors and individuals do their best work.

Kottman earned degrees in English and American studies at Grinnell and went on to earn master’s degrees in elementary education and special education and a doctorate in counseling and student services. She has been a respected professor at schools in Texas and in Iowa, but she may be best known for her work developing Adlerian play therapy, a process that helps children move from misbehavior to positive behavior through guided play. She has authored a number of books, including ‘Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy’ and ‘Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond.’ She continues to publish research, give speeches, and share presentations that move the field forward. In 2000, she founded The Encouragement Zone, which offers retreats, professional training, and life coaching for counselors and individuals.

For her innovative work and her ability to encourage and influence those who help counsel children, Grinnell is pleased to recognize Terry Tisdell Kottman.”

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

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