Antioch University Seattle Now Nationally Approved Center of Play Therapy Education

AUS’ Center is the first in Washington and one of only 27 in the United States to gain approval.

Seattle – The United States Association for Play Therapy recently designated Antioch University Seattle’s (AUS) Play Therapy Center as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education. The approval recognizes AUS as an institution designated to generate more play therapy research, peer-reviewed publications, instruction, and supervised clinical experiences through its graduate level programs. AUS offers a play therapy certificate embedded within its clinical psychology programs, including Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. AUS also has resources including a community psychology clinic.

“What makes our play therapy certificate program unique is that it is integrated throughout the university – specifically within the Master’s programs – so students may gain a second specialization while completing their degrees,” said Janice Hoshino, director of the Creative Arts Therapy Institute and faculty for the Couple and Family Therapy program at AUS. “Many people achieve their play therapy education through workshops, conferences and experiential learning, which means we provide a comprehensive approach to this exciting and emerging field.”

The study and practice of play therapy offers practitioners dynamic interpersonal relationship skills to provide children (or a person of any age) the ability to fully express and explore self through play, the child’s natural medium of communication, for optimal growth and development. “Play therapy helps children communicate their feelings to parents, teachers and other caregivers through creativity, which is a language we can all fundamentally understand,” said Cary M. Hamilton, adjunct faculty at AUS’ School of Psychology and a registered play therapist, play therapy supervisor and mental health counselor. “Empowering psychologists to find the connection between play and the therapeutic impact it can have on children working through issues of trauma, bullying, depression and other types of mental illness adds an important tool to a clinician’s toolkit.”

AUS is unique nationwide through its commitment to creative therapy programs. It offers three programs in this discipline: Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, and the newly-designated Play Therapy certificate, all which use the concepts of fun and expression to help people work through psychological and psychosocial issues in unique and powerful ways. AUS’s play therapy certificate program is one of only 27 in the country, and the only one in Washington State.

AUS’ program, through which students receive Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credentials, takes about one year to complete and includes twelve weekend-long seminars to enable working adults to fit studies into existing academic or professional schedules.

About Antioch University Seattle

Antioch University Seattle is a fully accredited, not for profit institution that is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. Antioch University provides real world knowledge, skills, and experience to adult students online and from its five campuses in four states, in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day helping students realize their potential and succeed in their educational goals through an innovative learning environment that is rigorous and responsive to their needs. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1927.

Learn more about our Play Therapy certificate.


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Susan M. Quigley, PsyD and Elaine F. Campbell, PsyD, both graduated from Antioch New England’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in 1999. They supported each other through their studies and collaborated on their doctoral dissertations. Over the years they’ve maintained a professional exchange and friendship that is a testament to its beginnings at Antioch.

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