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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.

Through an educational environment characterized by academic excellence and Christian faith, the Lipscomb Center for Play Therapy and Expressive Arts prepares practitioners and counselors in training through quality experiential education, competent supervision and opportunities for research. The center supports community play therapy practitioners, and serves children, adolescents and adults. In 2015, Lipscomb was approved as the first Center of Play Therapy Education in the state and one of only 28 such centers in the world. 

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, Faculty Director

As you pursue your master's degree in clinical mental health counseling, you may find certain areas in which to specialize. One area of popular interest is how to foster the mental health and development of children and families. A great way to do that with children is through play therapy.

Play therapy is an empirically grounded therapeutic approach where clients use the natural medium of play and toys as tools to express themselves. Experiences, emotions and knowledge are often communicated through play and this treatment modality empowers clients across the lifespan. 

Lipscomb University's Department of Psychology, Counseling, & Family Science is proud to offer a specialization in Play Therapy. The play therapy specialization is a nine-hour specialized training track structured to enable you to gain knowledge, personal experience, and practical application of play therapy and expressive arts techniques. This specialization does not require additional hours for the master's degree in clinical mental health counseling.

Specialize 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!