Archive for Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Social worker earns therapy credential

February 9, 2011

Shawnee resident Dene’t Wyckoff has earned the prestigious Registered Play Therapist credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy, association executive director Bill Burns recently announced.

Wyckoff is a licensed master social worker.

To become a Registered Play Therapist, applicants must have earned a traditional masters or doctoral mental health degree from an institution of higher education, 150 hours of play therapy training, two years and 2,000 hours of clinical experience, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience and be licensed or certified by their state boards of practice.

Play therapy continues to gain popularity as an effective modality by which licensed mental health professionals use developmentally appropriate play therapy theories and techniques to better communicate with and help clients, especially children.

The Association for Play Therapy was formed in 1982 to advance the field.  It sponsors research, training and credentialing programs to assist professional development of its nearly 6,000 member psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists.

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