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Nazareth's Director of Play Therapy Receives Award

  • Published: June 23, 2011

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Nazareth's Director of Play Therapy Receives Award

Steve Demanchick, director of the Nazareth College Play Therapy Center for Children and Families has received a national service award from the Association for Play Therapy (APT). This award will be presented to Demanchick during the 2011 conference on October 15 in Sacramento, Calif. He was awarded this award for his outstanding voluntary service and for the creation of Nazareth's play therapy center.

Nazareth's Play Therapy Center for Children and Families was founded in May 2009 by Demanchick, PhD, an assistant professor in the College's Creative Arts Therapy Department and a registered play therapist. The center of play is housed in the creative arts therapy department on Nazareth’s campus. It was recognized by the APT in August 2009 as one of six approved centers for play therapy education in the country. Play therapy is a form of mental health counseling or psychotherapy by which licensed mental health professionals incorporate the use of play 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 ideas and feelings, children use play.

The Association for Play Therapy is a national professional society formed in 1982 to advance the play therapy modality and serve the research, training, and credentialing needs of its member counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and social workers. It designates Approved Providers of Play Therapy Continuing Education and Approved Centers of Play Therapy Education to provide the training and education necessary for licensed mental health professionals to better serve their clients, especially children, and to earn and maintain its Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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