The Play Therapy Project: Introduction

The Play Therapy Project provides a culturally competent, creative approach to supporting children's development and learning through environmental design, arts and play-based interventions. It is the intervention of choice for children and their families who have experienced such life disruptions as divorce, loss, dislocation and migration, illness, or trauma, including abuse, neglect, violence, war and natural disasters.

The Play Therapy Project provides professional development and continuing education activities, and an Advanced Certificate Program in Play Therapy for clinicians and graduate students in creative arts therapy, mental health counseling, school counseling, psychology, school psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, psychoanalysis, medicine/ physician assistant, nursing or other appropriate professions.

Brooklyn College's Play Therapy Project is designated by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) as both an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education and an Approved Provider of Play Therapy Continuing Education. Clinicians who complete the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy may apply for the RPT Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials conferred by the Association for Play Therapy.

Integral Urban Education: The Tree of Heaven Project

The Integral Urban Education: Tree of Heaven Project is developing an integral professional development program and curriculum in collaboration with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Science Education program in the School of Education at a Brooklyn public school. The program includes mindfulness, self development and social-emotional learning and development, interpersonal group work and study, and social justice issues and action projects in education and educational policy analysis.

The Integral Urban Education: Tree of Heaven Project will be offering a Certificate Program in Integral Urban Education for school counselors, school psychologists and educational leaders. The program will include an array of integral practices that can be used by educators to further their professional development and enhance the well being of their school communities.

Child Abuse and Children with Disabilities Website: Dissemination and Professional Development Project

Child Abuse and Children with Disabilities is a web resource and professional development project that has received ongoing funding from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (2005-2016). It was designed to enhance the quality of interviews of children with disabilities who may have been abused. The site provides basic content, especially related to communication strategies and available resources for all members of the multidisciplinary team investigating abuse of these highly vulnerable children.

The website continues to be updated and expanded and has reached 7,613 individuals in 155 countries (April, 2016). It includes a newly designed, downloadable and free Interviewing Strategies App. The Project Team is developing more formal credit and Professional Development options which will be available in an online format in Fall, 2016.