WINTHROP — A community forum to explore the uses and control of guns will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Winthrop Center Friends Church, 219 Winthrop Center Road.

The forum will be led by Leslie Manning, president of the Maine Council of Churches Board of Directors. Manning, a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), has served as deputy director of the Bureau of Labor Standards, concentrating on issues of workplace violence, and most recently, as regional coordinator for Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Participants will explore the myths and reality of recreational gun use, guns for self-protection, gun trafficking, prohibited possession, constitutional protections, gun violence and responsible gun ownership.

Hosted and sponsored by both the Winthrop Center Friends (Quakers) and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Winthrop, the forum is supported by the Winthrop Area Ministerial Association.

For more information, call 395-4790 or e-mail pastor@winthropcenterfriends.org or behoffman1@roadrunner.com.

Brace receives therapy credential

GARDINER — Grace Brace, of Gardiner, has received the registered play therapist credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy.

Brace is a licensed clinical social worker.

To become a registered play therapist, applicants must have earned a traditional master’s or doctoral mental health degree; undergone 150 hours of play therapy training, 2,000 hours of clinical experience in two years and 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience; and be licensed or certified by their state boards of practice.

Play therapy is a modality by which licensed mental health professionals use developmentally appropriate play therapy theories and techniques to better communicate with and help clients, especially children.

From local reports