Appalachian Play Therapy Center Receives National Accreditation
Posted on Friday, March 19, 2010 [11:32 AM]
LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., left, and
School of Professional Counseling Dean John
Rigney join Associate Professor of Counseling and Director of the
Appalachian Play Therapy
Center Jodi Crane as displays the center's Approved Center of Play
accreditation by the Association for Play
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College
Appalachian Play Therapy Center joined elite company when it was
named an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education by the
Association for Play Therapy.
"This is such wonderful news because it shows that our peers in
the profession support us," said Jodi Crane, LWC associate professor of
counseling and director of the Appalachian Play Therapy Center.
Play therapy is a form of mental health counseling or
psychotherapy used by licensed mental health professionals 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 and express themselves, children
Being named an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education places
LWC among a select group of colleges and universities. The nearest
Approved Centers of Play Therapy Education to LWC are Georgia State
in Atlanta and University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Crane said the national recognition will provide her more
opportunities to do research and publish about play therapy. It
will also allow LWC to host national conferences, which will
attract play therapists to the region.
"This will bring a great deal of recognition to the college and
Columbia-Adair County," said Crane, who is an approved play
therapist supervisor and has been published in the subject.
And for LWC students, the recognition means they will be able to
take more play therapy courses and receive more training, making it
easier for them to become a registered play therapist. Kentucky
currently has about 20 registered play therapists, Crane said.
"There is a shortage of registered play therapists in Kentucky,
so this achievement will allow Lindsey Wilson to help address that
need," Crane said.
for Play Therapy started its Approved Center program to
acknowledge colleges and universities generating substantial play
therapy research, publications, graduate instruction, supervised
clinical experiences, supervisor training and other programs.
During its initial three-year approval period, LWC's Appalachian
Play Therapy Center will offer 18 hours of play therapy graduate
instruction and a supervised graduate practicum each semester in
addition to generating publications and presentations to benefits
students, faculty, and practitioners.
The programs may be applied to satisfy state licensing
requirements and to earn the Registered Play Therapist and
Registered Play Therapist Supervisor credentials conferred by
"Because the rapidly increasing use of play therapy is also
boosting demand for more university play therapy programs, APT
applauds Lindsey Wilson College for approving the establishment of
the Center," said Association for Play Therapy Executive Director
Bill Burns. "We are confident that, under Dr. Crane'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."
A national professional society, APT estimates that play therapy
is routinely utilized by thousands of licensed psychologists,
social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.
Noting membership has doubled during the last decade, Burns reports
that almost 16 percent of accredited universities offer some
combination of play therapy graduate instruction and supervised
play therapy experiences.
Click here to listen to an
interview with Jodi Crane on WKYU-FM.