The Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approves Capella University's Center for the Study of Play Therapy as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education

All of the online university’s faculty in the Play Therapy Certificate program are registered play therapy supervisors (RPT-S)

MINNEAPOLIS--()--The Association for Play Therapy (APT) has approved Capella University’s Center for the Study of Play Therapy as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education. The center houses Capella’s Play Therapy Certificate. The designation makes Capella one of the few online universities to have been named an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education. Capella ( is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing high quality online degree programs for working adults. As of March 31, 2011, nearly 40,000 students are pursuing an online degree at Capella University (, with 31 percent enrolled in Capella’s doctoral degree programs, and 47 percent enrolled in Capella’s master’s degree programs. The learning and career outcomes of Capella’s students and alumni can be found at

“Because the rapidly increasing use of play therapy is also boosting demand for more university play therapy programs, APT applauds Capella University for the establishment of the Center,” said Bill Burns, CAE, president and CEO of the APT. “We are confident it will significantly advance our growing field and serve those who counsel clients, particularly children, in schools, public agencies, private practices, and other venues.”

Play therapy is a form of mental health counseling or psychotherapy used by licensed mental health professionals to better communicate with and help clients achieve optimal mental health. It is particularly effective with children because, just as adults use words to communicate and express themselves, children use play. The APT recently launched its Approved Center program to acknowledge those universities generating substantial play therapy research, publications, graduate instruction, supervised clinical experiences, supervisor training, and other programs.

Capella's five-course Play Therapy Certificate program addresses the core academic content areas required by the APT to earn its registered play therapist and supervisor credentials. Students learn play therapy theory, methodology, and applications with expert faculty.

“I am delighted that the APT has approved Capella’s Center for the Study of Play Therapy. Online education can provide access to play therapy education worldwide and increase the awareness of play therapy,” said Hilda Glazer, RPT-S, faculty chair for Capella’s Play Therapy Certificate program.

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Capella University ( is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. Nearly 80 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's, specialist, or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, public administration, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 136 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 17 certificate programs. Nearly 40,000 learners were enrolled as of March 31, 2011, from all 50 states and 59 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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