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About the Play Therapy Center

In 2009, Dr. Stephen Demanchick created the Play Therapy Center for Children and Families at Nazareth College so that trained and supervised interns as well as licensed staff could provide much-needed, low-cost play therapy services to individuals throughout our community.

The center has a four-pronged mission:

  1. To provide low cost play therapy services
  2. To provide traditional, credit-bearing, play therapy courses
  3. To provide workshops and trainings for professionals, students, and parents
  4. To conduct research to further the field of play therapy and improve services for the clients we serve

In August 2010, the Association for Play Therapy (APT) recognized the Nazareth College Play Therapy for Children and Families as one of thirteen approved centers for play therapy education in the country.

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About our Director

Stephen P. Demanchick is an Assistant Professor for the Creative Arts Department at Nazareth College and Director of the Nazareth College Play Therapy Center for Children and Families. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Rochester in 2007. Stephen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist, Nationally Certified Counselor, and NIRE certified child-centered play therapist. Stephen has completed the APT leadership academy training.

Stephen serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Play Therapy, is a member of the APT director nominations committee, and is the former Chair of the APT University Education Committee. As chair of our university education committee, he clinically supervised the development and content of two initiatives, Play Therapy Works and History Speaks. His interests include play therapy process work, filial therapy, CCPT with individuals with developmental disabilities, and clinical supervision. In 2011, Stephen won the APT Service Award.

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