Social worker earns play therapist credential


Claudia Dominik of Seymour recently earned the registered play therapist supervisor credential, conferred by the Association for Play Therapy.

Dominik is a licensed clinical social worker.

To receive the credential, applicants must have earned a master’s or doctoral mental health degree from an institution of higher education, have 150 clock hours of play therapy training, five years and 5,000 hours of post-master’s clinical experience, 500 supervised and 500 additional hours of 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, according to a news release from Kathryn Lebby.

Lebby is CEO of the Association for Play Therapy, a national professional society formed in 1982 to advance the field of play therapy. It sponsors research, training and credentialing programs to assist the professional development of its nearly 6,000 member psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists in more than 25 nations. 

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