Capella University re-designated National Approved Center of Play Therapy Education

January 14, 2014

The Association for Play Therapy (APT) approves re-designation

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 14, 2014Capella University's Center for the Study of Play Therapy has earned re-designation as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) through January 2017.

Capella offers an online graduate Play Therapy certificate program. Capella ( is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers. As of Sept. 30, 2013, approximately 35,000 students were enrolled at Capella. A snapshot of Capella and what makes it unique is available through the university's infographic. The learning and career outcomes of Capella's students and alumni can be found at

Play therapy is a form of mental health counseling or psychotherapy used by licensed mental health professionals who therapeutically use play to better communicate with and help clients, especially children, to express and resolve their behavioral and diagnosed problems. The designation as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education recognizes those university programs that generate substantial play therapy research, publications, graduate instruction, supervised clinical experiences, supervisor training, and other programs.

During the initial three-year approval period, Capella's Center for the Study of Play Therapy offered play therapy graduate and supervisor training courses in addition to generating publications and presentations to benefit students, faculty, and practitioners.

“Capella demonstrated that graduate play therapy education can be earned online with contact components when necessary,” said APT President and CEO Bill Burns, CAE. “Its success has great educational implications for all mental health disciplines and we congratulate Capella!”

APT estimates that play therapy is routinely utilized by thousands of licensed psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists within and outside of the United States. Noting membership has doubled during the last decade, Burns reports that nearly 16 percent of accredited universities now offer some combination of play therapy graduate instruction and supervised play therapy experiences.

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