Northwest Nazarene University Adventure Play Therapy Center (Center) has earned designation as an approved Center of Play Therapy Education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). As such, the Center will offer training courses for play-therapy graduates, post-graduates and supervisors.
In addition, publications and presentations will be generated 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.
The Center was launched by NNU’s Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Director Lori Fairgrieve, PhD, LCPC, LMFT, RPT-S.
“Because the increasing use of play therapy is boosting demand for more university offerings, APT applauds NNU President Dr. David Alexander and Department of Counselor Education Chair Dr. Brenda Freeman for approving the establishment of the Center,” says APT CEO Bill Burns, CAE. “We are confident that under the leadership of Dr. Fairgrieve 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 with 44 state branches, estimates that play therapy is routinely utilized by thousands of licensed psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists inside and outside the United States.