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Education

Play Therapy Training

The play therapy course sequence is designed for both matriculated and non-matriculated students to become Registered Play Therapists (RPT) through the Association for Play Therapy (APT). The courses were first established by Dr. Gabriel Lomas in 2010, and expanded in 2012 with the collaboration of Dr. Athena Drewes. In 2019, the APT revised their training standards and required that all play therapists follow a three-phase training model that is spread over at least two years. In 2020, the WCSU play therapy courses were revised to meet the new standards. Candidates are encouraged to review the standards at the APT website as training needs will vary among clinicians, depending on their background experience.

The WCSU play therapy course sequence offers students three different courses in play therapy. These courses are offered twice per year, once in the summer and once during each winter session.  The lecture courses do not scaffold, so students may take them in any sequence. Each lecture course is two credits making all three courses total six credits or 135 hours toward the required 150 hours to become an RPT.  Additionally, a one-credit supervision course will be offered with each lecture course so students are able to receive play therapy supervision during their training. Students should become familiar with the phased training requirements so they can take each course in alignment with each phase of training.

Finally, WCSU is an approved continuing education provider for the Association for Play Therapy. We have historically offered both short workshops and full conferences offering as few as 1 CE to as many as 15 CEs in one weekend. Individuals interested should contact the clinical program coordinator, Dr. Gabriel Lomas at lomasg@wcsu.edu for more information.

APPLICATIONS:

  • Matriculated Students who are seeking the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling may take any of these courses as electives. Please see your advisor and have the courses added to your program sheet. Students who are matriculated to different graduate degree programs should contact Dr. Lomas.
  • Nonmatriculated Students – Clinicians working in area schools and clinics make up the largest group of students in the play therapy course sequence. Individuals who have clinical training (MFT, LPC, LP, LCSW) and work with children are excellent candidates for the training. To apply, fill out the application for admission to Graduate Studies and inform the Graduate Office that you are only seeking admission to the play therapy specialization. You must pay the application fee and send unofficial or official transcripts to the Graduate Office. You do not need to write an essay, take any tests, or provide letters of recommendation.

FACILITIES:

The counseling program at WCSU, housed in the Department of Education and Educational Psychology, is operating in recently renovated clinical space. The space contains an expressive arts and sand tray room, a play therapy room, an adolescent room, two adult therapy rooms, and a family therapy room.

 

FACULTY:

WCSU has leading faculty training students in play therapy. All faculty are credentialed and experienced in play therapy. Combined, they have decades of experience in child welfare, adoption, and other play therapy specialty areas.

Dr. Gabriel Lomas, RPT-S – Core Faculty

Dr. Jennifer LeFebre, RPT-S – Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Laura Langston, RPT-S – Adjunct Faculty