Play Therapy Research and Training

faculty honored Doris Schuldt, third from right, during the open house of the Office for Play Therapy Research and Training. Mrs. Schuldt donated her extensive play therapy library to the office, which opened a year ago.

Faculty honored Doris Schuldt, third from right, during the open house March 14 of the Office for Play Therapy Research and Training. Mrs. Schuldt donated her extensive play therapy library to the office, which opened a year ago.


The University of Arkansas Office of Play Therapy Research and Training received its designation as a nationally approved center by the Association for Play Therapy on March 6, 2015.

The office will offer graduate level coursework to students enrolled in the counselor education program at the University of Arkansas, enabling them to become Registered Play Therapists. Students will have the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art playroom as well as have opportunities to conduct research in the field of play therapy.

As a designated provider for the Association for Play Therapy, the U of A office will also provide workshops throughout the year for students and mental health professionals seeking certification as a Registered Play Therapist or Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Professional play therapists with expertise in the field will provide training.closeup of play therapy

Dr. Kristi Perryman is an assistant professor of counselor education at the University of Arkansas and the director of the Office of Play Therapy Research and Training. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of play therapy as a Professional School Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. Her experience includes working as a special education teacher, elementary counselor, middle school counselor, as well as a private practice practioner, and counselor educator. She has also published in School Based Play Therapy and The Handbook of Play Therapy, as well as the International Journal of Play Therapy and conducts training on play therapy, sandtray therapy, expressive arts therapy, and supervision.

The University of Arkansas Office of Play Therapy Research and Training offers the 150 CEU's needed to become a Registered Play Therapist each year:

  • Annual Summer Conference:  12h ours (2 day workshop offered each summer)
  • Introduction to Play Therapy: 67.5 hours (5 week course offered each summer)
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents Through Play: 67.5 (16 week course offered each spring)

Additional workshops are offered throughout the year in which the additional 3 hours may be obtained.

2017 Annual Conference, June 16-17:

Play Therapy through the Lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology by Dr. Theresa Kestly

Helpful links:

Association for Play Therapy
Arkansas Play Therapy Association

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