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Appalachian Play Therapy Center

About Us

In support of the missions of Lindsey Wilson College (LWC), the School of Professional Counseling (SPC), and the Association for Play Therapy (APT),

The mission of the Appalachian Play Therapy Center (APTC) at LWC is to foster the mental health and development of children and families, especially those in the Appalachian region of the United States, through the processes of play and play therapy. To satisfy this goal, APTC provides play therapy services, offers play therapy training and supervision to students in SPC and mental health professionals, advances play therapy research, and promotes play and play therapy in the community.

About the Director

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Dr. Jodi Crane, LPCC, NCC, RPT-S is Associate Professor in the SPC at LWC. She received her play therapy training at the University of North Texas under Drs. Garry Landreth, founder of the Center for Play Therapy (CPT) and leading expert in child-centered play therapy, and Sue Bratton, current Director of CPT and Past President of the Association for Play Therapy (APT). She is the author of chapters in Landreth's Innovations in Play Therapy and R. Van Fleet & L. Guerney's Case Studies in Filial Therapy (with Sue Bratton) and in the forthcoming Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents edited by E. Green & A. Drewes. She is the first recipient of APT's Research Grant to complete and publish her research in the International Journal of Play Therapy. She is on the Board of Directors of APT and served as President of the Kentucky Association for Play Therapy. She is also a member of ACA, KMHCA, AAMFT, IAMFC, ACES, and ACC. In 2010, she received the Terry Fontenot Play Therapy Award for her service to play therapy in Kentucky. She and her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Crane, have two children.

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