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Center for Play Therapy

Center for Play Therapy and Expressive Arts

Play therapy has the unique ability to give meaning where words fail.

Since 2015, Lipscomb has held the distinction of being recognized as one of only a few dozen Approved Centers of Play Therapy Education in the world approved by the Association for Play Therapy. Learn more

Through an educational environment characterized by academic excellence and Christian faith, the Lipscomb University Center for Play Therapy and Expressive Arts seeks to contribute to the advancement of play therapy by offering students and practitioners high quality training and supervision. Our faculty are Registered Play Therapists with extensive experience in practicing play therapy, supervising play therapists-in-training, and researching the clinical effectiveness of play therapy.   

Sometimes, it's very difficult to wrap words around painful experiences for adults, too. Sometimes, it's impossible. So play therapy offers a creative way to deeply healing work. — Dr. Denis' Thomas, Founding Director

During our workshops, mental health professionals learn how to utilize the therapeutic powers of play with clients across the lifespan. In play therapy, children use play to learn about themselves, others, and the world; process their emotions; and develop new skills. Just as adults talk about their experiences, children play to express themselves. Through expressive arts therapy, adolescents and adults use expressive mediums such as sandtray, art, writing, and music to more deeply express their thoughts and feelings. Expressive arts therapy allows clients alternate means for communicating when talk therapy is limiting.  

Lipscomb University's Department of Psychology, Counseling, & Family Science is proud to offer graduate students the opportunity to specialize in play therapy. A play therapy specialization is available to those who pursue the Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT). The play therapy specialization is structured to provide students with foundational knowledge, clinical experience, and preparation to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through the Association for Play Therapy.
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CMHC Specialization in Play Therapy MFT Specialization in Play Therapy

Professional Workshops

Looking for more Play Therapy trainings in the greater Nashville area and beyond? Check out The Association for Play Therapy!