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MSU institute designated approved center of play therapy education

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Play TherapyThe Institute for Play Therapy at Missouri State University has earned designation as an approved center of play therapy education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT).

With this designation, Missouri State will offer play therapy graduate and supervisor training courses, in addition to generating publications and presentations to benefit students, faculty and practitioners. These programs may be applied to satisfy state licensing requirements and to earn the registered play therapist (RPT) and supervisor (RPT-S) credentials conferred by APT.

“Faculty and staff in the counseling program are very proud to have acquired the designation as an approved center of play therapy education,” said Dr. Tamara Arthaud, head of the department of counseling, leadership and special education. “It will enhance our ability to implement the public affairs mission of Missouri State University and we are confident it will result in improved mental health services for children within the southwest Missouri region and beyond.”

The center was launched by its director, Dr. Kristi Perryman, associate professor and internship coordinator in the department of counseling, leadership and special education. Perryman is a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist-supervisor.

“Because the rapidly increasing use of play therapy is also boosting demand for more university play therapy programs, APT applauds Tamara Arthaud for approving the establishment of the center,” said APT CEO Bill Burns. “We are confident that under the leadership of Dr. Perryman, it will significantly advance our growing field and serve those who counsel clients, particularly children, in schools, public agencies, private practices and other venues.”

APT, 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 16 percent of accredited universities now offer some combination of play therapy graduate instruction and supervised play therapy experiences.

More information about play therapy is available online, or on the APT website.


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The College of Education offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. Departments within the college include childhood education and family studies; counseling, leadership and special education; reading, foundations and technology; secondary education; and Greenwood Laboratory School. The college also sponsors many community initiatives to benefit educators and K-12 students in the region.

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