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Play Therapy Courses to Begin at the MC School of Education

Play Therapy Courses to Begin at the MC School of Education

Play therapy is a treatment to help children and families resolve developmental problems. Mental health professionals in schools, hospitals, healthcare agencies, and other settings utilize this valuable therapeutic tool.

Starting with the fall 2021 semester, Mississippi College education professors will teach play therapy classes. The courses will be open to behavioral health professionals in Central Mississippi and other regions of the state.

A recent $34,000 grant from an MC donor launched the innovative program. A clinical training lab linked to the university’s counseling programs will also be created to serve a variety of community needs.

“This grant enhances our ability to continue with quality education and training for our students,” says Cynthia Johnson, chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling. “The grant also opens an opportunity for us to reach out to the local community, providing much-needed services to children, families, and adults.”

Once MC students complete the classes, graduates can apply for national certification with the Association for Play Therapy. Launched in 1982, the national professional society fosters better contacts among mental health professionals. The association’s directory lists all professional and international members offering play therapy services.

Department faculty are delighted to receive the generous grant along with the support of the Mississippi College administration, Johnson said.

Play therapy should only be offered by licensed clinical mental health professionals with a graduate mental health degree along with extensive experience.

School of Education Dean Cindy Melton is thrilled to hear about the funds coming to support this important academic initiative on the Clinton campus.

“We had a wonderful donor provide a grant to sponsor our Play Therapy certification program and clinical training lab.”

Therapists will soon receive specialized training to support families and children across Mississippi, Melton noted. “We are working on developing partnerships and are very excited about this wonderful ministry opportunity.”

Just as excited to welcome the new program is Associate Provost Debbie Norris. The Graduate School dean believes the new program will be a success. “Our counseling graduate faculty are perfectly suited to lead this Play Therapy certificate program.”