The Counseling & Social Advocacy Center @ UMSL and the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy are pleased to announce that we have received official approval through the Association for Play Therapy (APT) to be registered as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education. We welcome the opportunity to house the Play Therapy Institute at UMSL. This is a 3-year designation that started in October 2015.

The Play Therapy Institute at UMSL encompasses a 2-course sequence that includes Introduction to Play Therapy and Advanced Play Therapy. These two courses meet the University level educational requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

We are excited to announce that we have received a gift that will allow us to provide 180 hours of play therapy at no cost to elementary school students within the Saint Louis North City/ County area! Please contact the Counseling & Social Advocacy Center for more information-(314) 516-4613 or