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UNT Insider | December 2007 Issue | Faculty Focus

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College of Education professors receive play therapy Research Award

From a UNT News Service press release


Dr. Garry Landreth

Garry Landreth

Dr. Sue Bratton, director of the Center for Play Therapy at UNT, and Dr. Garry Landreth, founder of the center, received the national Play Therapy research award from the Association for Play Therapy.


The award, presented at the association's annual meeting in October in Hollywood, Calif., is an annual award given to a researcher whose published research best advances the field of play therapy. Bratton and Landreth received the award for their joint work in research and their books, "Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model" and "Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual." Together, they have conducted or supervised more than 30 studies on the effects of CPRT, including 27 controlled outcome research studies with diverse populations.


Landreth founded the Center for Play Therapy in 1988 to provide counseling for children by allowing them to express their feelings through toys, rather than words. Play therapy can be used when children are going through difficult situations, such as divorce or death. Similarly, in CPRT parents learn child-centered play therapy skills to use with their own children to help them cope with confusing or difficult circumstances and achieve optimal development.


Bratton, an associate professor in the UNT College of Education, and Landreth, a Regents Professor in the UNT College of Education, are both licensed professional counselors and registered play therapist-supervisors. Bratton is a former president of the Association for Play Therapy, and Landreth is a founding director of the association.


The Association for Play Therapy, formed in 1982, is a national professional society to advance play therapy and sponsor research, training and credentialing programs to assist with the professional development of its more than 5,000 members in about 25 nations.


UNT News Service Press Release
Ellen Rossetti can be reached at erossetti@unt.edu.

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