Sue C. Bratton

Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Director, Center for Play Therapy
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Dr. Bratton is a professor in Counseling and Director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas and the former clinical director in the Counseling Program at UNT. She has served on the Association for Play Therapy board of Directors for 4 years and is currently serving on the Executive Board as Immediate Past President. Dr. Bratton is a respected lecturer, author, researcher, and clinician with extensive experience in individual and group play therapy, activity therapy, and filial/family play therapy.


"She is known nationally and internationally for her training workshops and presentations and has presented extensively throughout the United States and in South Africa. Dr. Bratton has also served as a consultant to school districts throughout the United States and guest lectured at several universities. She is active in the professional community, both at the state, national and international committee level and has published on a variety of topics related to play therapy, filial/family play therapy, activity therapy, expressive arts, play therapy supervision, and play therapy research. She is probably best known for her recent publications based on her meta-analysis of play therapy outcome research. 



Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, Certified School Counselor, Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor 


UNT Position: 

Professor of Counseling; Director, UNT Center for Play Therapy 


Teaching Areas: 

School Counseling, Play Therapy, Supervised Practice 


Research Interests: 

Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, ADHD in Children, Supervised Practice Involving Families in Children's Counseling 


Honors and Awards:

2010-2011 Chi Sigma Iota's Supervisor-Practitioner Award 

2010 UNT-International's Citation for Distinguished Service to International Education (co-recipient with Dr. Garry Landreth) 

2010 Texas Association of Parent Educators' Best Practice in Parent/Family Life Education Award 

2009 University of North Texas College of Education’s Faculty Research Excellence Award 



The world of play therapy literature (5th ed.)

Bratton, S., et al.

UNT Center for Play Therapy Press



A strengths-based parenting intervention with low income African American families

Sheely, A., & Bratoon, S.

Professional School counseling



Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) with parents of sexually abused children

Bratton, S., Landreth, G., & Costas, M.

John Wiley



Child-centered play therapy research: The evidence-base for effective practice

Baggerly, J., Ray, D., & Bratton, S.

John Wiley



The professional counselor: Portfolio, competencies, performance guidelines and assessment

Engels, D., Barrio-Minton, C., Ray, D., & Bratton, S.

American Counseling Association"