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Minnesota State Mankato designated approved play therapy education center

The Minnesota State Mankato Academy for Child and Family Studies has been designated as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education, according to Bill Burns, CAE, executive director of the Association for Play Therapy.

2009-08-28
Association for Play Therapy news release [8/26/2009]

Clovis, CA -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Academy for Child and Family Studies has been designated as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education, according to Bill Burns, CAE, executive director of the Association for Play Therapy.

Play therapy is a form of mental health counseling or psychotherapy by which licensed mental health professionals incorporate the use of play to better communicate with and help clients achieve optimal mental health. It is particularly effective with children because, just as adults use words to communicate ideas and feelings, children use play.

The association recently launched its approved center program to acknowledge those universities generating substantial play therapy research, publications, graduate instruction, supervised clinical experiences and other programs.

During its initial three-year approval period, the Minnesota State Mankato Academy for Child and Family Studies estimates that it will offer introductory and advanced play therapy graduate instruction, supervised clinical experiences and supervisor training, and will generate articles for various professional publications. These programs may be applied to satisfy state licensing requirements and to earn the Registered Play Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor credentials conferred by the association.

Minnesota State Mankato's academy was founded in 2005 by its director, John Seymour, associate professor of counseling and student personnel.

“Because the rapidly increasing use of play therapy is also boosting demand for more university play therapy programs, APT applauds Minnesota State University for approving the establishment of the academy,” said Burns. “We are confident that, under Dr. Seymour’s leadership, 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, 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. Noting membership has doubled during the last decade, Burns reports that nearly 20 percent of accredited universities now offer some combination of play therapy graduate instruction and supervised play therapy experiences.

Those who want more information may contact John Seymour, (507) 389-5709 or john.seymour@mnsu.edu, or Bill Burns, (559) 294-2128, x6, or bburns@a4pt.org, or may go to the association Web site, www.a4pt.org.
 

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