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Approved Center of Play Therapy Education
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Approved Centers of Play Therapy Education are designated to generate more play therapy research, peer-reviewed publications, instruction, and supervised clinical experiences at universities. Centers are approved for a 3-year period.  A searchable online directory displays universities offering play therapy instruction and internships or hosting Approved Centers.

The Approved Center of Play Therapy Education Program will accomplish these objectives:

  • Establish Approved Centers at institutions of higher education offering Master’s or Doctoral mental health degrees in a manner that enhances the credibility of play therapy.
  • Generate more play therapy instruction, supervised clinical experience, and faculty members with play therapy expertise and RPT/S credentials.
  • Generate more original play therapy specific research, especially research advancing evidence-based play therapy practice, and the publication of such in professional peer-reviewed publications within and outside of the play therapy community
  • Contribute to the advancement of play therapy and growth of the play therapy community

For questions concerning the Approved Center Program, contact Alexandra Jarrell, Continuing Education & Training Coordinator,, or 559-298-3400 x4.