—July 2014—

Maltreatment affects the way children’s genes are activated (Science Daily)

Therapy dogs comfort kids at Bexar courthouse by Eileen Gonzales (San Antonio, TX)

Power of Play (Regis University)

It’s not about talking by Jeff Thomas

Nonprofit agency helps Lewisville police, schools reach out to troubled youth by Daniel Houston (Lewisville, TX)

—June 2014—

Wegman’s Food Markets Donated $25,000 to Achievement Center of Erie, PA to Help Fund the Construction of Outdoor Play Therapy Area at Millcreek Township

Grant for play project by Jill Harding (Salisbury, UK)

Signs your child could benefit from therapy by Whitney Barrell (Salt Lake City, UT)

Men’s Shed helps out with play therapy (Queensland, Australia)

1 in 8 U.S. children will become victim of serious abuse or neglect by Karen Kaplan, LA Times

The Art of Focus by David Brooks, New York Times

—May 2014—

Helping children learn about brain scans through play (BBC)

The Shame Game and ADHD by William Dodson, M.D. (ADDitude Magazine)

Founder of UNT Center for Play Therapy to serve as honorary visiting professor in England (Denton, TX)

To play or not to play? by Pamela Gross Downing (Rio Grande Valley, TX)

Growing old is no joke but play therapy helps by Ian Warden (Canberra, Australia)

College to host PA Association for Play Therapy Conference June 13th and 14th (Penn State)

Gnash’s Clubhouse opens doors to play therapy by Vicky Travis (Franklin, TN)

—April 2014—

DSU offers unique therapy for children by Courtney Warren (Bolivar County, MS)

Is Play Therapy right for your child? by Sula Kim (New Orleans, LA)

Kids Loved ‘Open Play Day’ (Topanga, CA)

UNT counseling faculty members earn national awards (University of North Texas)

American Mental Health Foundation to Conduct First Two Interactive Webinars in Its 90-Year History, Offering CEU Certification by Evander Lomke

Adams County early education program uses play therapy to connect kids by Meghan Mitchell (Denver, CO)

KCA Names MNU Professor to Hall of Fame (MidAmerica Nazarene University)

Recovery is child’s play at Loanhead Care Club (Scotland)

Inside the Mind of a Child With Autism by Benedict Carey, New York Times

—March 2014—

WellSpring Resources secures grant for therapy toys by Brett Luster (Alton, IL)

Health Watch: The Benefits of Play Therapy (Lexington, KY)

Interview with Gita Morena, LMFT by Bunnie Graham

—February 2014—

Harnessing the power of play therapy with your child by Whitney Barrell (Salt Lake City, UT)

What Happens in Play Therapy by Susan Scheftel, PhD, Psychology Today

Play therapy center now offered (Crossville, TN)

Discover play therapy and powers of healing by Kim Dalli (Malta)

Play therapy is helping children cope with trauma by Brianna Clark (Sioux City, IA)

Jain University brings in Play Therapy (Bangalore, India)

Play therapy, a mode of expression by Jeff Guy (Newton, KA)

Play therapy spotlighted through national awareness week by Emily Valla (Idaho Falls, IA)

—January 2014—

Study finds sensory disconnect in autistic children by Tom Wilemon (Nashville, TN)

Sand offers unusual therapy for Thelwall woman (Thelwall, UK)

Controversy plagues school mental health screening by Kelli Kennedy (Miami, FL)

Capella University Re-Designated National Approved Center of Play Therapy Education (Minneapolis, MN)

New Treatment Helps Better Analyze Offenders (China Daily)

—December 2013—

Room to Grow by Nick Veronin (Palo Alto, CA)

Word getting out about help for young readers by Mike Lammi (Brighton Township, MI)

Have a kid who’s out of control? A new therapy offers a kind of parental empowerment. by Ariel Sabar, Washington Post

Valero donates $20,000 to aid Gingerbread House by Andrew Branca (Waxahachie, TX)

Play therapy for special kids by Arti S. Sahuliyar (India)

Play therapist’s secret weapon for troubled kids has wet nose, wagging tail by Joel Allen (Myrtle Beach, SC)

—November 2013—

Lego Play Therapy Benefits Children with Autism by Janet Meydam, Autism Daily Newscast

A prison where health is the priority (China Daily)

Social workers hold play therapy for kids at tent city (Philippines)

Professor publishes first interactive book on play therapy (Olathe, KA)

Rwanda: Play Therapy Eases Pain for Children Admitted at Chuk by Collins Mwai (Kgali, Rwanda)

Created in the Corridor: Tanager Place Research Center (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Play Therapy Promotes Emotional Healing in Kids Battling Chronic Illnesses by Rick Nauert, PhD (PsychCentral)

The power of play by Max Arroyo (Manila)

—October 2013—

Tri Sigma Raises Money for Hospital Play Therapy (High Point, NC)

Play therapy conference to address victims of child abuse (University of North Texas)

Companies doing good: Play as therapy by Louise G. Dumas (Philippines)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy teaches parents, children to connect (Sioux City, IA)

Homeyer earns national play therapy lifetime achievement award (Texas State University)

Premature Twins Show Appreciation to Hospital, Create Special Therapy Play Room in NICU by Kimberly Winter Stern (Overland Park, MO)

Workshop focused on play therapy (Adams State University)

DSWD, Red Cross give therapy to children evacuees (Zamboanga, Philippines)

UW Counselor Education Professor Receives National Fellowship (University of Wyoming)

Time to thrive: New Auburn mental health practice melds mainstream, alternative science (Auburn, NY)

—September 2013—

Mt. Airy’s ‘play therapy’ expert a ‘reluctant author’ (Mt. Airy, PA)

The enduring legacy of Freud – Anna Freud by Claudia Hammond (BBC News)

A Better Connection offers therapy by Anna Erickson (Park Rapids, MN)

Bayside’s play dough for Monash Children’s Hospital by Teresa Murphy (Australia)

Alexa Russell talks play therapy – Psychology Festival of Learning (South Africa)

New CARE facility houses play therapy program by Tarah Thomas (John Brown University)

Is Play Therapy Right For Your Child? by Diana Stone (

Frisco resident Anne Watts opens business specializing in play therapy by Jim Moylan (Summit County, CO)

Centers Piece: Children Coping with Change by Angie Morris (Odessa, TX)

—August 2013—

Process of mindfulness may help children focus in the classroom by Rocky Arnold (Manhattan, KS)

Mom’s The Word: playground politics, should you interfere? (video)

Days of Play and Healing by John Iwasaki (Moore, OK)

JBU opens new counseling clinic (John Brown University)

Child Parent Counseling Comes to Edgewater by Kaitlyn Carr (Edgewater, MD)

—July 2013—

Play therapy helps children work through aggression (Holdrege, NE)

ABA Therapy Offers Hope To Autistic Children (Kuala Lumpur)

LSI welcomes new registered play therapist (Muscatine, Iowa)

Play Therapy for Children to Overcome Emotional Trauma (Singapore)

Power of Play by Ivy Soon (The Star Online)

WSU program uses play to help children (Wichita State University)

Act of play makes a difference to child’s life (Australia)

—June 2013—

Kids get the Aid to improve lives by Lawrence John (United Kingdom)

When the Bully Is a Sibling by Anahad O’Connor, New York Times

‘Sesame Street’ creates first Muppet to have a parent in jail (Today Show)

Getting to know your neighbor: The Children’s League makes play the work of children in Springville by Lizz Schumer (Springville, NY)

Stunning paintings by autistic three-year-old who can’t speak sell for £800 after she took up a brush just a few months ago by Hugo Gye (UK)

Davis & Elkins College Hosts Play Therapy Association Conference (Elkins, WV)

ChildSafe offers healing, variety of therapies for trauma victims by Sarah Jane Kyle (Fort Collins, CO)

Program Feature: WSU’s Play Therapy Center by Lainie Rusco (Wichita State University)

—May 2013—

Child’s play: Specialist in child play therapy joins Tiffin clinic by MaryAnn Kromer (Tiffin, OH)

Learning About Mother Nature About Teaching Our Children: Ten Simple Truths (Binghamton, NY)

PTSD Research: Distinct Gene Activity Patterns from Childhood Abuse (ScienceNews)

Play therapy helps children overcome trauma (New Zealand)

Play therapy register safeguards children (UK)

Horse Play: Therapeutic horse riding by Kimberley King (Wilmington, NC)

‘Play therapy’ helps troubled children (Warrenton, VA)

Improving Mental Health Starts with Early Childhood Relationships (Ames, IA)

—April 2013—

Playing for All Kinds of Possibilities by David Dobbs, New York Times

JBU Graduate Counseling Earns Play Therapy Education Designation (John Brown University)

Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation Grant Support Child Life Services at NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital (Evanston, IL)

Ten Things We Know About Autism That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago by Geraldine Dawson, Huffington Post

To Beat Stress, College Students Turn to Play-Doh by Chris Hassan, US News & World Report

—March 2013—

Renovated UW Clinic Offers Unique Counselor Education Experience (University of Wyoming)

Buffalo counselors, psychologists respond to increased mental health needs by Andrew C. Jenkins (Buffalo, NY)

Child Life Specialists provide “play therapy” to young patients at Kapiolani Medical Center by Tannya Joaquin (Honolulu, HI)

Play Therapy making a difference one child at a time by Hannah Jones (Winona State University)

Johns Creek’s Sheridan earns play therapy credential (Johns Creek, GA)

Arnold Counselor Earns Play Therapy Certification (Arnold, MO)

Just Breathe Connecticut Moves to Somers and Expands Service (Somers, CT)

A volunteer for life (Philippines)

—February 2013—

OpEd: Psychiatric Medication or Play Therapy? by Robert Fiddaman, OpEdNews

Young Children May Go Above and Beyond When Helping Adults (American Psychological Association)

A Son ‘Cuts’, and a Father Struggles by K.J. Dell’Antonia, New York Times

APT Mining Report - February 2013

—January 2013—

Play Therapy Helps Kids Cope with Behavioral Issues by Shannon Miller (Springfield, MO)

Play Therapy Institute moves to different location by Summer Wigley (University of Mississippi)

MSU Institute for Play Therapy Gets Approval (Missouri State University)

New England Association for Play Therapy New Years Newsletter

Play Therapy Institute Prepares for Future Growth (University of Mississippi)


—December 2012—

Play Therapy Gets Top Grades from Preschool Teachers (

Parents struggle with decision to medicate bipolar kids by Korina Lopez, USA Today

Healing power: Ole Miss institute offers play therapy to help children and their families by Michaela Gibson Morris (University of Mississippi)

Snow Named National Play Therapy Chair by Andrew Abernathy (University of Mississippi)

Helping children deal with behavior problems by Gabrielle Mays (Calumet, MI)

—November 2012—

Are your children watching too much TV? by Cathy Owen, South Wales Echo

Early Care pediatric hospice helps families cope with chronic illness by Sue Thomas (Grand Rapids, MI)

Westgate Church of Christ Kids Expand Play Therapy for Samaritan Center (Southeast Texas)

Playtime with Your Kids by The Kid’s Doctor (Dallas, TX)

Can Equine Therapy Improve Infant Attachment? by Claire Dorotik, LMFT

Resiliency and Rebuilding Post-Sandy Through Family Play Therapy for Children and Adults (Yahoo News)

—October 2012—

Education Student Honored For Achievements in Play Therapy by Jerra Scott (Oxford, MS)

Namibia: Medical Funds Rebuff Group Therapy by Catherine Sasman (Namibia, Southern Africa)

School Counselors Do Whatever It Takes to Provide Play Therapy (

Sheldon schoolboy overcomes fear of the dentist thanks to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by Anuji Varma

Practice of Play Therapy Growing Nationally, Helping Kids by Carla Eckels (Wichita, KS)

—September 2012—

Letting Children Share in Grief by Catherine Saint Louis, New York Times

Ulster Savings awards grant for play therapy (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Being Seriously Playful: Sandplay Therapy with Adults by Lenore F. Steinhardt

—August 2012—

Horses bring help, healing in therapy program by Larry Hendricks, Arizona Daily Sun

Pretend Play May Not Be as Crucial to Child Development as Believed (University of Virgina)

New play therapy scholarships will benefit kids affected by cancer (Australia)

A little playfulness goes a long way by  Kimberlee Taplay (Brantford, Canada)

Child misbehaving? Play Therapy could identify the problem by Anna Marie Hartman (Oxford, MS)

—July 2012—

Grants help JFS offer kids healing through play by Elaine Durbach (Central New Jersey)

Jung Is the Theme at 4th-Annual Appalachian Play Therapy Center Conference (Columbia, KY)

Play therapy not just fun and games by Meagan Thomas (Lawrence, KS)

NNU designated nationally approved Center for Play Therapy Education (Northwest Nazarene University)

Allan Gonsher Selected as Keynote Speaker for Association of Play Therapy Event (Omaha, NE)

—June 2012—

Max’s chance of a new life (Wigan, UK)

Child Advocacy and Play Therapy Institute Introduces First Online Play Therapy Degree (Oxford, MS)

A non-intrusive way to heal children by Badriya Al Tamimi (United Arab Emirates)

Modern Children: Less Play But More Imagination by Treacy Colbert (Lake Forest, CA)

New program for children exposed to domestic violence by Steve Myers (Amarillo, TX)

—May 2012—

Play therapy just one tool psychologists use in working with children (Corner Brook, CA)

Boise State Designated National ‘Approved Center of Play Therapy Education’ (Boise, ID)

New Play Therapy Study in Ethiopia

The power of musical therapy by Laura Raines (Atlanta, GA)

Many local resources can help improve children’s mental health (Auburn, NY)

Play “Therapy”: Kansas State Graduate Student’s Autism-Friendly Schoolyard (Kansas)

A mother’s painful journey by Simonne Pace, Times of Malta

4 altruistic Indianapolis-area children make a difference by Barb Berggoetz (Indianapolis, IN)

—April 2012—

Gender identity and children who struggle with it by Janice D’Arcy, Washington Post

Faith Matters: Play therapy helps parents find joy in raising, encouraging autistic son by David Waters (Memphis, TN)

Play Therapy offered to Joplin children affected by tornado (Joplin, MO)

Study Identifies Point When Negative Thoughts Turn Into Depression (Newswise)

Perez children face counseling following mother’s death (Lubbock, TX)

Not sparing the rod by Hannah Mask (Tennessee)

Today’s kids face unique challenges by Sally Flores (Odessa, TX)

Holy traffic stop! Violation highlights Beltway Batman’s good deeds (Baltimore, MD)

Demanchick Appointed Vice President of NYAPT (Nazareth College)

Long Time Child Advocate Dr. Robert D. Nolan to Retire as Executive Director of Institute for Child & Family Health (Miami, FL)

Call for adoption drive to focus on support over speed by Gretta Schifano, The Guardian

Play Therapy helps children with Autism by Patrice Walsh (Rochester, NY)

—March 2012—

Play therapy helps children in care cope with losing their biological family by Johanna Weidner (Kitchener, Ontario)

Is there play in ‘Play Therapy’? (Moberly, MO)

Adventures in Private Practice: Play Therapist Pam Dyson, LPC, RPT by Julie Hanks, LCSW

Read-along + therapy + relief aid (Phillipines)

EXPERT COMMENTARY: Getting Kids Ready for iPad3 and Beyond  

Restorative Practices Work Against Bullying, Keynoter Says (New Haven, CT)

—February 2012—

Theater program helps kids w/autism reach new horizons by Mindy Toran (King of Prussia, PA)

Magical Paws Get Magical Results by Rita Poliakov (Ontario, Canada)

An interview with Dennis McCarthy, author of A Manual of Dynamic Play Therapy

Our Real-Life Water Baby by Kim Jones (UK)

Beautiful minds by Anishaa Kumar (India)

Childhood Depression: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment by Briana Davis (San Antonio, TX)

‘God has done his miracle’: Two young kids who seemed near death after a fire are beginning to regain their old lives by Esteban Parra (Delaware)

Horses therapy to be Used in College Research Project by Lindsay Prior (Messiah College, PA)

Camarillo therapist knows the value of play by Jannette Jauregui (Ventura County, CA)

—January 2012—

Play Therapy for ‘Sendong’ Victims by Ellalyn B. De Vera (Manila, Phillipines)

Psychological Experiments: Better Behavior and Higher Grades by Christine Hsu, Medical Daily

‘Co-Occurring’ Disorders May Explain Change in Autism Diagnosis by Jenifer Goodwin, HealthDay

A Specialists’ Debate on Autism Has Many Worried Observers by Amy Harmon, New York Times

Children’s play can show the way to heal by Sarah Okeson (Missouri)

Being Mindful of ‘Kindfull’ Play: Empathy-Building Play Therapy by Cherie L. Spehar

Helping a 7-year-old regain confidence: advice from Marguerite Kelly (Washington Post)

The Annual Members Meeting Becomes the 1st STA Assembly by Jill Kaplan, Journal of Sandplay Therapy

Autism Speaks explains treatment by showing, not telling by Laura Shumaker, San Francisco Chronicle

A half-century of helping children through play therapy by Rebecca Burton, Miami Herald

—December 2011—

Texas State cleared to start ‘play therapy’ program (San Marcos, TX)

Emotionally Needy at 7 Years Old by Marguerite Kelly (Bangor, MN)

YWCA Sherriff King Home gives abuse victims ‘unlimited good dreams’ by Heath McCoy, Calgary Herald

U.S. Report: Foster kids get high rate of psych meds (Associated Press)

International Mobilization of Lego Fans Helping Kids with Autism by Daniel Donahoo, Wired

A Prescriptive Approach to Toys for Children with Disabilities

—November 2011—

School uses play therapy to help kids from struggling families by Michele Linck (Sioux City, IA)

Parent Play Therapy Shows Promise in Addressing Depression Among Preschoolers (Mental Health News Today)

Origins, Evolution, Essentials: The ISST Congress (Journal of Sandplay Therapy)

New Play Therapy centres to help kids cope with traumatic lives (Ireland)

Horses aid in therapy, promote trust and empathy (Victoria, TX)

Douglas County children benefit from horse therapy (Oakland, OR)

Children in Oxfordshire helped by play therapy (BBC)

Children in Crisis: Hope, Part 3 (Meridian, MI)

Dr. Robert Nolan: A Champion for the Value and Benefits of Play Therapy

Robert D. Nolan, Ph.D., to receive the David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award

Testimony seeks to end limits on Medicaid mental health services (Lincoln, NE)

Art project combines war, therapy – and toys by Asieh Namdar, CNN

Naples Resident Graduates National Play Therapy Leadership Academy (Naples, FL)

New Mayo guide helps parents spot teens’ mental disorders by Lorna Benson, Minnesota Public Radio

IPS Professor Honored for Board Service by National Play Therapy (Arlington, VA)

—October 2011—

CNN study: Schoolyard bullies not just preying on the weak by Chuck Hadad

Emotional Support Dog: A New Leash On Life by Amanda Baltazar

Why do children develop aggressive behavior?

Elena’s Story: A Story on the Effects of Abandonment by Dr. Jane Aronson, Huffington Post

McCormick Foundation and Chicago Tribune Support Stronger Families and Better Parenting Through Chicago Tribune Charities

New approach to teaching children with autism earns federal backing (San Francisco State)

Two sides to the coin by Gwendolyn Richards, Calgary Herald

Play therapy ‘improves the health of children with emotional and behavioural problems’ by Katy Morton

Shared Grief: A camp for kids who’ve lost someone offers surprising lessons by Jeff McAbee (Colorado)

One in five children struggles with mental health by Valerie Berenyi, Calgary Herald

Happy Kids a Product of Genes, Parenting, Study Finds by Maureen Salamon, HealthDay News

More than just fun and games by Judy Siegel Itzkovich (Israel)

Physical Activity Helping Hunt Elementary Students Learn Better by Aaron Adelson (Iowa)


—September 2011—

Can we use laughter as medicine for healing? by Dr. Daemon Jones

What Could—And Couldn’t—Be Causing America’s ADHD Epidemic by Lawrence Diller, M.D., Huffington Post

Little girls or little women? The Disney princess effect by Stephanie Haynes

St. Mary’s adds therapy dog by Heather Welch and Ashley Bergner (Newton, KS)

Poor Children’s Brain Activity Resembles That Of Stroke Victims, EEG Shows (Science Daily)

Parenting Styled To Personality Halves A Child’s Anxiety, Depression (Medical News Today)

Play therapy education has benefits

Continuing to heal 10 years after 9/11 by Linda Castor

Parents urged to talk with kids about fires by Rene A. Guzman (San Antonio, TX)

Embracing Ezra, My Autistic Son by Tom Fields-Meyer

—August 2011—

Video game competitiveness, not violence, spurs aggression, study suggests (Washington Post)

Kids in the Middle Expands by Janice Denham (St. Louis, MO)

HEALTH HAPPENINGS: Play Crucial to Child’s Development by Jane Butterworth (Alamogordo, NM)

Depressed Children Abandon Treatment by Suzanne Hoholik (Columbus, OH)

How do we talk to our kids about weight? by Beth Teitell, Boston Globe

Helping Durham families cope with childhood cancer (Oshawa, ON)

Play Therapist from Prairie View increases credentials (Newton, KS)

Counseling and play therapy clinic a well-kept secret in Dallas (Dallas, TX)

Never Play in the Sand Alone (San Diego Reader)

Children sought for cleft palate speech study by Kristi L. Nelson (Johnson City, TN)

Counselor receives registered play therapist credential (Silverthorne, CO)

HU graduate school to host play therapy workshop (Huntington, IN)

Self Portrait in Top Hat and Rowboat with Horn by Russell Frank

Hanna Segal, Who Popularized Play Therapy, Dies at 92 by Paul Vitello, New York Times

The Human-Canine Bond: Can Play Cure PTSD in Dogs? by Lee Charles Kelley, Psychology Today

Playtime at the Lampion Center helps little ones cope with trauma by Amanda Junk (Evansville, IN)

—July 2011—

Spare the Rod and Develop the Child

Keller center helping veterans with Horses for Heroes by Faye Reeder, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Play therapy vital to bring abused children back to normal life by Dina Aboul Hosn (Dubai)

Photo project to help young sex abuse victims by Peter E. Bortner

Helping Kids Cope with Loss by Denise Ray

More Young Children Are Alarmingly Thin (American Psychological Association)

Accentuating the positive may eliminate the negative in teenagers with anxiety (University of Oxford)

Play Is a Child’s Language by Lynn Louise Wonders, LPT, RPT-S, RYT

A big dose of love and kindness by Eleanor Ainge Roy (New Zealand)

Masterpieces, but only if unmedicated by Michael Nesset

Workshops help nursery school teachers learn how to cope with quake orphans (Japan)

Bringing the birds to roost by Rachel Kurzius (Windham, ME)

Carroll Hospice program provides support to terminally ill children

Moberg earns Play Therapy credentials (Clovis, CA)

Service for children to grow (Australia)

—June 2011—

Rough and ready by Carolin Vesely, Winnipeg Free Press

Playtime helps ADHD kids learn new skills by Belinda Tasker (Australia)

Common ground to stand on COMMON GROUND A LIFELINE by Dan Radel (Manasquan, NJ)

Charity is lifeline for poorest families as it fights to help deprived children by Laura Coventry (Scotland)

Nazareth’s Director of Play Therapy Receives Award (Nazareth College)

APT approves Capella University’s Center for the Study of Play Therapy as an approved center of Play Therapy Education

Area therapist earns play therapy credential by Cody Tucker

Family Christian Counseling Center of Phoenix Opens its Office in Arizona (Phoenix, AZ)

Learn how to help children, teens control their anxiety by Sue Thoms, The Grand Rapids Press

Diagnosed with Depression at 3 Years Old? by Rick Nauert, PhD

Depression: Not Just for Adults by Kayt Sukel, Science Daily

—May 2011—

Local therapist taps the subconscious through art therapy by Sharon Sullivan (Grand Junction, CO)

Leaving (an Adult) Child for the First Time by Lisa Belkin, New York Times

The Power of Play Therapy by Lindsey Getz, Social Work Today

Play Therapy Might Be More than Mere Games by Gemma Bailey

Equine Therapy: Honor the Horses by Claire Dorotik, LMFT

The Scars of Abuse: Healing Comes Slowly by Veronica Chufo

Play therapy works for kids at Catholic Social Services

Adoptive parents say province is in dire need of subsidy program by Laurie Monsebraaten (Toronto)

Talking to kids about the news by Lisa Patterson

Program may have to help fewer kids who ‘got a hard start in the world’ by Carina Corral (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Sand Tray Helps Soldiers with PTSD (Fort Lee, VA)

Profiles of Play: Assessing and Observing Structure and Process in Play Therapy (Book Review) by Saralea Chazan

Students impacted by tornadoes return to school, share stories (video)

For UNT Dallas students, therapy is child’s play (Denton, TX)

The Center for Self Leadership Releases Two Authoritative Guides to Implementing Internal Family Systems Therapy Model (Oak Park, IL)

—April 2011—

Students Design Sensory Toy for Children with Autism at Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)

Growing Up Blind in Springfield: New Center Serves Blind Babies and Toddlers by Jennifer Moore

Test may be key to early diagnosis of autism by Janet Lavelle (San Diego, CA)

Animal-Assisted Therapy and Children: Calling in the Furry Therapist by Cathy Malchiodi

US miracle trip for Alfie-Ray by Lynn Bradshaw, Ross-shire Journal

Mexico’s orphans are casualties of drug wars (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico)

April focuses on child abuse awareness by Davi Stein (Evansville, IN)

New UW Play Therapy Center Receives National Approval (Wyoming)

How Play Benefits Children with ADHD (Reader’s Digest)

Group helps pick toys for disabled children by Karen Meyer (Chicago, IL)

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief: Start of psychological assistance training (Iwate, Japan)

A couple of tips to deal with separation anxiety by Aisha Sultan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Art for All by Suzanne Baumgarten, The Cornell Daily Sun

Safeway Makes the First Five Years of Life Count for Kids with Disabilities (Chicago, IL)

Art therapy brightens lives of chronically ill children at Brooklyn hospital by Elizabeth Lazarowitz, New York Times

‘It’s been tough but so worth it’ by Debbie Waite (Oxford, UK)

—March 2011—

Play Therapy Explained (Augusta, GA) (video)

Careful management lets Hope House expand help to city’s most vulnerable kids by Jonathan Devin (Memphis, TN)

The kids (and parents) will be all right by Christoph Mark, The Daily Yomiuri

Tomball resident receives play therapy credential by Brandon Huff, Blockshopper

ECISD Announces Second Round of Budget Reductions by Victor Lopez (Odessa, TX)

Helping children find a voice: Local facility offers kids a more comforting place in which to open up (Muscatine, IA)

For children with behavior issues, getting help early is key by Becky Lang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Is Reyes a hero,’ kids ask noted psychologist by Elizabeth Lolarga, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Play Therapy for Cerebral Palsy – video (Arlington, TX)

Play with a purpose by Laura Oleniacz (North Carolina)

—February 2011—

Local bands rock for a cause by Emily Miels (Wisconsin)

The grieving process is different for children by Terri Yannetti (Connecticut)

Puppets, play therapy can improve social skills, speech for children with autism by Mike Frandsen, DC Examiner

Stammering, stuttering and coping: ‘King’s Speech’ has brought to light these communication problems and how to diminish them by Kelly Merritt (Naples)

Healing Hearts: Play Therapy on local news (Bluefield, WV)

NGO’s crowd out government in Haiti by Susan Phillips

Dealing with children’s fears after the Egypt turmoil

Social worker earns therapy credential (Shawnee, KS)

Medical play helps children cope with their illnesses

Divorce procedures give children a voice – expert by Nikki Abela Mercieca, Times of Malta

—January 2011—

Eleanor Galenson, Expert on Children’s Sexual Identity, Dies at 94 by Dennis Hevesi, New York Times

Sandwich Caregiver Radio Show Interviews Grief Counselor Brenda Brown on Surviving Grief (Ohio)

EPD adds another tool in domestic violence fight by Cass Rains (Enid, OK)

Offering Children the Mental Health Support They Need (Maryland)

‘Abused boy internalised feelings’ by Luvuyo Mjekula (South Africa)

Balls Without Borders: Helping the Youth in War-Torn Regions and Refugee Camps by Cesar Diaz

Helping Kids with Their Worries by Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S, RYT

Parent-child play therapy relieves depression in preschoolers by Jim Dryden

Working Outside the Box by Lynne Shallcross, Counseling Today

Why Doesn’t Barbie Play with Polly Pocket? by Stacey Radin, Huffington Post

Taking a stand against domestic violence (Calgary)

Counseling Center for Children & Families Opens in Montgomeryville/Lansdale, Pennsylvania Area (Lansdale, PA)

Effort to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum by Hilary Stout, New York Times

Music that heals by Shreya Sareen (India)



Kids ring in new year at Leonardo's by Kasey Fowler (Enid, OK)

Play’s the thing to help kids overcome anger by Trent Edwards (Calgary Herald)

Abandoned Barbies get a new life by Amy Dempsey (Toronto)

Intermittent explosive disorder: Understanding this scary, little-known disorder and how it affects our kids by Kelly Merritt

New Life for Bucharest Strays in Therapy for Disabled (Romania)

No Play Therapy for nation’s young by Ola Salem, The National (Australia)

Shaggy therapist lends a paw to mental health care by Danie Koskan (Rapid City, SD)


New research sheds light on early signs of autism, treatment by Christine Haas (Houston, TX)

Acoby’s violent ways started as a child, dangerous offender hearing told by Diane Wood (CANADA)

UNICEF psycho-social teams bring relief to Palestinian children in East Jerusalem

Power to the Children (Times of Malta)

Therapy Excercises for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Is Autism Preventable?

Art Therapy Helps Children Cope with Tragedy (CBS New York)

Toy Industry Association names nominees for Toy of the Year Awards (Kids Today)

Post-disaster roles for psychologists by Rise Van Fleet, PhD, and Claudio Mochi, RP (The National Psychologist)

At the Age of Peekaboo, in Therapy to Fight Autism by April Dembosky (New York Times)

‘Smoking toddler’ kicked habit, but thousands more addicted by Mara Schiavocampo, NBC News

Therapy on a Puppet String by Ruth O’Connor, The Irish Times

ND Children’s Advocacy Center Gets Re-Accredited (Bismarck, ND)

Navajo therapists utilize innovative ‘sandtray therapy’ by S.W. Benally (Dilkon, AZ)

Real Lives: Healing deep emotional wounds with play therapy


MNU professor is National Play Therapy chair-elect (Olathe, KS)

The Approaches to Play Therapy by the two main professional organisations

Jewish Family Service hosts grand opening for youth interventions center in Margate by Derek Harper (Atlantic City, NJ)

Capella University Launches Online Certificates in Play Therapy and Interdisciplinary Forensics (Minneapolis, MN)

Problem Solved: My little girl won’t play on her own – I can’t get a minute to myself by Annalisa Barbieri, Guardian UK

Learning life lessons from furry teachers by Jenny Jelen, Sudbury Local News (Canada)

Imaginative Play Therapy for Autism by Martin F. Downs, FOX News

Fraser Center opens area for children by Seraine Page (Hinesville, GA)


Colored Sand Transforms School Projects into Colorful Beds of Creativity (Grapevine, TX)

Play Therapy Helps Children Heal Gently by Felicia Frazar (Seguin, TX)

Art therapy helps deaf kids process sexual abuse by Edward Guthman, San Francisco Chronicle

Dealing with problematic kids is child’s play for lecturer (Kuala Lumpur)

Kitchener therapist finds healing in books by Valerie Hill (Waterloo, ON)

Is your child depressed? by Sayoni Sinha (Mumbai) 

Trylch earns play therapy credential from APT (Midland, MI)

Grove House hospice helps children cope through play (St. Albans, London)

“Smoking Baby” Stops Smoking – But Can It Last? (CBS News)

From Children’s Grief, Signs of Growth by Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal


Film as meditation and sandplay featured at Jungian conference on ethics, arts and nature by Linda Glaser (Cornell University) 

Haiti’s Plas Timoun offers play therapy to young quake victims by Edward Cody, Washington Post

Service dog helps Oxnard woman with her epilepsy and therapy practice by Alicia Doyle, Ventura County Star

Play therapy to help children, parents by Laura Hand (Oswego, NY)

P.L.A.Y Project Helps Autistic Boy by Deena Centofanti, Fox Detroit

In Pictures: Play therapy sessions in Pakistan camps

Teen writes book about managing grief by Sharon Lem, Toronto Sun

Donated dolls to help sick kids by Joe Mauceri (Wilmington, NC)

Children’s silent scream for help by Claudia Calleja, Times of Malta

Local Doctor Teaching Kids How to Battle Bullying by Selena Hernandez (Dallas, TX)

Childhood Trauma Can Cut Your Life Short by Amber Greviskes, AOL Health


UA Designated as a National Approved Center of Play Therapy Education (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Work is play for Elizabethtown therapist by Robert Villanueva (Elizabethtown, KY)

Therapist Talks to KFOX About Effects of Child Abuse (video)

For kids with special needs, camp comes with valuable therapy, higher price tag (Washington Post)

Parent Coaching Helps Solve Child Behavior Problems by Julie Cornell (Omaha, NE)


Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD Reports the Dangers of Cyber Bullying (Aurora, OR)

Sick children can play again after city store’s toys gifts (South Wales)

Stuffed animal named Tommy Moose gives comfort to children by Betty Klinck, USA Today  

Walmer Earns Therapy Credential (Farmington, ME)

CAMFT Launches Mental Health Video Podcast Series (San Diego, CA)  *****

Therapy can be found in child’s play by Nancy Eshelman (Harrisburg, PA)

Haven for troubled kids at Fowler Road school (Merrylands, AUSTRALIA)

Depression Affects Kids as Young as 3 by Kathleen Doheny, WebMD Health News

Kids experiment with ‘video playdates’ by John D. Sutter, CNN News

“Toby Visits Mommy” -- A Great Book for Children and Parents (book review)

More on the Floor Time Therapy Model for children with autism (Brownsville, TX)

Fernie women head to Haiti to help children play away fear by Mike Bull (Fernie, BC Canada)


Back Away from the Vacuum: Go Out and Find Your Playful Side (Ladies Home Journal)

‘Jenn at 10’ helps child with speech, sound by Janet Richards

Tracy agency helps kids reach full potential (Tracy, CA)

Play Therapy Center offers specialization track in Play Therapy (Loyola University)

Play Therapy for Children: Rewarding Adaptive Behaviors


Rotary helps outfit new play therapy room (Mattoon, IL)

Play Therapy Center offers specialization track in the field (New Orleans, LA)

What Should Parents Do When Therapy Isn’t Working? by Gregory Ramey (Dayton, OH)

Not Just Child’s Play by Patti Carmalt-Vener, Pasadena Weekly

The Long Shadow of Trauma by Mary Sykes Wylie, Psychotherapy Networker

Growing Pains by Lynne Shallcross, Counseling Today

Ventriloquist Terry Fator lends voice to kids in need at Dallas' Vogel Alcove by Kim Horner, Dallas Morning News

Stuart Brown discusses play on ABC  (video)

Baring her heart to help children heal by Lesley Macdonald (Alberta, Canada)

Center for Play Therapy professors receive award (Denton, TX)


Reading mental health agency awarded $40,000 grant (Reading, PA)

Appalachian Play Therapy Center Receives National Accreditation (Columbia, KY)

Charity offers support to Newham families affected by abuse (Essex, London)

Concerned parents should pencil in time for kids by Beth Gaddis (Tampa, FL)


Serious Fun by Martha Spizziri

Bumgardner earns APT credential (Bemidji, MN)

Playing with purpose: Lawrence parents pursue unique therapy for their children by Richard Gintowt (Lawrence, KS)

Prof lends name to play therapy library (Denton, TX)

The State of Play: Gallup Survey of Principles on School Recess (pdf)

Play Therapy Center Acknowledged for Excellence (Wichita, KS)

Boundaries and Benefits of Psychotherapy by Jan Goddard-Finegold, Psychiatric Times

More About Poverty and Children’s Mental Health by Jean Mercer, PhD, Psychology Today

Mom’s time out great benefit to kids, too by Kellie B. Gormly, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Expert advice can help parent find right mental health services for their kids by Lisa Strandberg (Appleton, WI)

Remembering Play (Counseling Today)

Work continues to end domestic violence, sexual assault by Mona Sandefur (Marion, IL)

Giving babies a voice is her mission by Teri Banas (Flint, MI)

Parent Facilitated Autism Therapy Shows Promise by Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop

P.L.A.Y. Project the latest therapy for autistic children by Kimberley Hayes Taylor, The Detroit News

Reinforcement plays major role in learning (Sterling, CO)

Debate over cognitive, traditional mental health therapy by Eric Jaffe (Los Angeles Times)

Teens, Parents Underestimate Teen Suicide Risk

Saudi Terrorism Rehab Uses Art Therapy and Video Games by Mark Whittington, Associated Content



The Science of Success by David Dobbs, The Atlantic

Brain Science: Scientists Work to Rewire the Brain by Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun

Distractions help take the sting out of injections by Emily J. Bisek, Wisconsin State Journal

Raising I.Q. in Toddlers with Autism by Tara-Parker Pope, New York Times

GE Helps Counselors Meet Needs by Paul Huggins, Decatur Daily

Rising Tide: Therapeutic Riding by Marci Moreau, The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Art used to help children (Clifton, NJ)

Counselors serious about value of play therapy (Las Cruces, NM)


Study: Early austism intervention in toddlers is effective by Miriam Falco, CNN

Play Therapy for Child Survivors by Elmer Kristian Dauigoy (Phillipines)

Top toys for 2010 are not just fun, they’re educational, too (Winnipeg Free Press)

What can we do to help the children of broken families? by Deborah Orr, Guardian UK

George Fox University’s Play Therapy Center Gets National Approval (Newberg, OR)

Time to play by Carmel Doyle (Dublin, Ireland)

California Licenses Professional Clinical Counselors (Sacramento, CA)

Creating Superboy, Supergirl in Children by Judith Ancer

Parents Have Vital Role in Treating Childhood Depression by Sean Dieterich, White Mountain Independent

The Sound of Silence by Ina Hernando-Malipot

Unconventional Group Takes On Child Abuse by Debbie Lurie-Smith (Gray, GA)

Play Works by Peter Gorman, MPI


The Healthy Healing Power of Laughter

CDC Study on Common Trauma Interventions for Children by Cathy Malchiodi, Psychology Today

Institute Professor Elected National Play Therapy President (Arlington, VA)

UNC Charlotte Multicultural Play Therapy Center approved (Charlotte, NC)

City committee emphasizes the importance of play by Jeremy Arias (Takoma Park, MD)

Clinic Provides $5 Counseling Sessions (Springfield, MO)

Playtime in Peril by Lea Winerman

Professor earns national Play Therapy recognition (Reno, NV)

Professors present at counseling conference by Mai Bader, The Maroon

Research Center Reaches Out to Kids With Cancer (Munster, IN)

Can the Right Kinds of Play Teach Self-Control? by Paul Tough, New York Times

Preparing for boy’s surgery a family affair by Diane Flacks


Director establishes child research center by Hasani Grayson, The Maroon

Hospice brings services under one roof by Eva Ferguson, Calgary Herald

Family Resources therapist uses art and play to help clients heal by Cynthia Beaudette, Muscatine Journal

ADHD Study Going Well by Allison Rudd, Otago Daily Times

Let the Children Play (Some More) by Stuart Brown, New York Times

Play the hurt away: Therapists, and their toys, help kids deal with trauma by Erica Molina Johnson, El Paso Times

Do Preschools Need Mental Health Help? by Sue Shellenbarger

Free Counseling for Children at USF (Tampa Bay, FL)

Survivors in Action Support Domestic Violence Awareness Month (El Dorado Hills, CA)


Therapeutic Spaces by Yuval Saar

Lee Expands Graduate Counseling Program (Chattanooga, TN)

Minnesota State Mankato designated approved play therapy center (Clovis, CA)

Expansion of counseling services helps churches and community by Vicki Hewitt (Dallas, TX)

Helping kids to ease heartache by Lynn Jolly, Paisley Daily Express

Autistic teens master social cues, find friends (NPR)

Autistic boy heading to US for life-changing treatment by Gregor White, Stirling Observer

A Camp for Children Affected by Violence by Kristin E. Holmes, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Eighty Years Later, Family Counseling Still Helps by Sara Busse (Charleston, WV)

Therapist to Parents: Don’t Forget Free Play This Summer

Your Baby is Smarter Than You Think by Alison Gopnick, New York Times

Fluent in Fun

Comforting Children in Need

For Iraq’s war-scarred children, a struggle to heal the wounds within by Damiano Beltrami, The Jordan Times

Counselors use play to help children, families heal by J.L. Watson (Fort Meyers, FL)

Strong Families – Learning for Life (Fresno, CA)

Strong Families - Sand Play Therapy (Fresno, CA)

Expert Perspective: Developmental Treatment for Autism and Other Challenges by Dr. Kari Miller (Los Angeles, CA)


Seamark Ranch: a Beacon of Hope for Kids (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)

Top Ten Toys for Developing Fine Motor Skills in Young Children (Nashville, TN)

GSU Play Therapy Training Institute Nationally Recognized (Atlanta, GA)

New Screening Helps Catch Kids’ Developmental Delays by Allen Mask, MD, UNC Healthcare

Children’s Advocacy Center Relocates by Anthony Scott (Lake Dallas, TX)

Helping Children Draw Out Their Traumas by Cathy Malchiodi, Psychology Today

CDC Study Raises More Questions than Answers about Common Trauma Interventions for Children by Cathy Malchiodi, Psychology Today

Children of Autism Approach Adult World by John Faherty, Arizona Republic

Healing Kids Through Play Therapy by Mike Cullity, New Hampshire Union Leader

Alternative Views of Treating Behavioral Problems by Suki Wessling, Examiner

Understanding Child Trauma by Suzanna Pillay, New Straits Times

Playing in Sand Fun Way to Learn by Chuck Gibson (Cincinnati, OH)

Loyola University Play Therapy Center Accredited by Association of Play Therapy

Play Therapy: Playing Attention by Lisa Jewell


A Place to Play, Learn by Pamela A. Gibbs (Glen Falls, NY)

Play Therapy Helps (Malaysia)

The Depression Test: By Screening All Teens, Doctors Hope to Identify Those With Mental Disorders by Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post

Art Therapy: Pottery Night Helps Kids Express Their Grief by Brad Kadrich

Police, Therapists Aim to Help Traumatized Kids by Ryan Seals, Greensboro News & Record

Set the Young Free to Play

Summer Camp Therapy to Help Kids with Hemiplegia

Sunshine Camp Helps Children Deal With Loss of Loved One

Through Play, Kids and Families Cope with Cancer by Brittany Moya del Pino

For Autistic Kids, Play’s the Thing by Sam Miller, The Orange County Register

Center Provides Free Counseling, Even During Summer by Jennifer Gauntt, SHSU News Service

Rebuilding Lives, Healing Minds

More than 160 Mental Health Professionals Attend Appalachian Center for Play Therapy Conference

Autism Treatment Acceleration Act of 2009 needs support by Heather Sedlock

Through Play, Kids and Families Cope with Cancer

Introducing the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act by Lisa Jo Rudy

Aquatic Therapy Helps Children


'Dolphin Therapy' for Children with Special Needs

Thomas the Tank Engine Helps Autistic Kids Identify Emotions by Saeed Ahmed, CNN

Computer Helps Boy With Autism Learn to Speak

Doctor Finds ‘Sandplay’ Helpful in Therapy by Beth Pleming, The Mountaineer

Blues Plan to Cover Autism Therapies for Children 2-5 by Jennifer Chambers, The Detroit News

Special Needs and Occupational Therapy Using Educational Learning Toys

Cerebral Palsy children encouraged to play special Wii games by Chris Robinson, The Journal

What to Tell the Kids by Lauren La Rose, Associated Press

A Dose of Care by Helen Epstein, New York Times

Therapy Can Help a Blended Family Deal with ADHD by Marguerite Kelly, Washington Post


YOUTH FIRST: Enhance Relations with Child Using Play by Davi Stein, Courier Press

Salving the Problem: Advocates Help Ease the Sting of Child Abuse by Linda Moore, Memphis Commercial Appeal


Fish Help with Therapy Sessions from Morpeth Herald

Center Offers Safe Place for Sexual Assault Victims

Experts Say Play Time Can Relieve Stress in Bad Times by Janice Lloyd, USA Today

The 12 Most Annoying Habits of Therapists by Tara Parker-Pope, New York Times

Counseling Children Through Parental Splits by Rafael Brusilow, Metro Canada


Murdered Mother’s Child a Counseling Challenge by Matt Kieltyka, 24 Hours Vancouver

Children in the Mental Health Void by Judith Warner, New York Times

The Serious Need for Play by Melinda Wenner, Scientific American

The 3 R’s? A Fourth is Crucial, Too: Recess by Tara Parker-Pope, New York Times

Agency Expands Services for Sexual Assault Victims to Reach RCASA Healing by Play by Flowers Umble, The Free-Lance Star

Severely Autistic Find Hope, Home by Erin Richards, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Add a Little Dirt to Playtime by Barbara Damrosch, Washington Post



Play Therapy Finds Its Way Into Schools by Arleah Difebbo, Cleveland Daily Banner

Bridge Over Troubled Waters by Kristen Kridel, Chicago Tribune

New Program Uses Play to Reach Children with Developmental Disabilities

Play Therapy Used for Kids Who React Adversely to Stimuli by Sandra Pedicini, The Orlando Sentinel

Group Wants to Help Grieving People Make It Through the Holidays by Maria Neider

The Effect of Play on Schoolwork by Candace Carlisle, Denton Record-Chronicle

For Some, Playing in the Sandbox is a Serious Matter by Kathleen Hom, Washington Post

Raising an Autistic Child by Jayne Lytel and Dr. Fred R. Volkmar, Washington Post

Kids Need More Play, Says Educator from The Windsor Star

Communicating Without Words: Play therapy provides a fun, healthy way for children to express themselves by Jamie Smith

Coping with Halloween Fear Factor by Johanna Crosby

First Autism Conversation With New President: Don’t Waste Our Time by Barbara Fischkin, Spectrum Magazine

APT Responds to CDC Regarding Play Therapy

Free Teddies for Sick Children

Therapy at Home: Parents of Special Needs Children Have A Lot to Learn by Jenn Fields

University of North Texas Researchers to Study the Correlation Between Play Therapy and Academic Achievement

Cuddling Comfort for Children in Need by Kate Kelly

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective for Treating Trauma Symptoms in Children and Teens

DSWD Applies Play Therapy on Children Evacuees by Lorry V. Gabule

Daylong Camp Helps Kids Struggling with Grief by Paula Miser

Kids Have Secret 'Anti-Stress' Weapon by Denise Dador

Play Therapy Helps Children Grieve

A Child’s Language by Stephanie Psaila

Equine Therapy by Dan Berrett

US Summer Sibling Camps on Their Way

Break the Negative Cycle, Then Go for Good Behavior by Jane Clifford

When Trauma Happens, Children Draw (3-part article) by Cathy Malchiodi, Psychology Today



Video Games Used in Play Therapy Prescribed for Adolescents Associated Content

Child Psychologists Call for Wider Use of Play Therapy ABC News

Imaginative Play Therapy for Autism Fox News

Therapy Through Play for Troubled Children by Paul Kelso, Guardian Unlimited


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