The Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University has earned the designation, “Approved Center of Play Therapy Education” by the Association for Play Therapy.
As an approved center, the Professional Counseling Program will offer graduate and supervisor training courses in play therapy, and generate publications and presentations to benefit students, faculty, and practitioners. The new programs may be applied to satisfy state licensing requirements and to earn the Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor credentials conferred by the Association for Play Therapy.
Texas State’s Play Therapy Education Center will launch in January 2012 and its director will be Mary Morrison Bennett, who is an assistant professor in the Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology Department at Texas State.
“Because the rapidly-increasing use of play therapy is also boosting demand for more university play therapy programs, [Association for Play Therapy] applauds College of Education Dean Stan Carpenter and Department Chair Linda Homeyer for approving the establishment of the Center,” said Bill Burns, Association for Play Therapy CEO. “We are confident that, under the leadership of Dr. Bennett, it will significantly advance our growing field and serve those who counsel clients, particularly children, in schools, public agencies, private practices, and other venues.”
The Association for Play Therapy, a national professional society, estimates that play therapy is routinely utilized by thousands of licensed psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists within and outside of the United States. Burns said membership in his organization doubled during the last decade. He said nearly 16 percent of accredited universities offer some combination of play therapy graduate instruction and supervised play therapy experiences.