Founder of UNT Center for Play Therapy to serve as honorary visiting professor in England

landrethDr. Garry Landreth, regents emeritus professor in the department of Counseling and founder of UNT's Center for Play Therapy, was recently named an honorary visiting professor at the University of Roehampton in England. Landreth was selected for his strong research influence, extensive publications and international recognition in the field of child-centered play therapy.

"I am excited about having this opportunity to help equip therapists in another part of the world to use child-centered play therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy to help children and parents," said Landreth.

In November 2013, Landreth conducted training at the university on the topic of "The Art of the Relationship in Play Therapy: Deeper Issues."  He will return to the campus in August 2014 to conduct a 10-session training on a therapy model he developed, "Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)." Over the years, UNT's Center for Play Therapy has studied the effectiveness of the CPRT model with over 1000 parents.

Landreth has been internationally recognized for his writings and works in promoting the development of child-centered play therapy. He is a founding Member of Association for Play Therapy, a frequent speaker at play therapy conferences around the world and an internationally renowned expert in his field.

His more than 150 journal articles, books and videos include the 2014 DVD CPRT In Action: Four Couples In A CPRT Group, and the 2012 3rd edition of his award-winning book Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. Dr. Landreth's other recent books are Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session Filial Therapy Model and an accompanying Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual. 

His CPRT Model received the 2010 Best Practices in Parent/Family Education Award.  Dr. Landreth is Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy (APT).  He received the APT Lifetime Achievement Award, the APT Research Award, and the Virginia Axline Distinguished Professional Award for his work in conceptualizing and advancing the child-centered approach to play therapy. 

Landreth joined the UNT Counseling Department as an assistant professor in 1966, was appointed to Regents Professor in 1987, and was named Regents Professor Emeritus in 2011. Dr. Landreth founded UNT's Center for Play Therapy in 1973, and has continued his involvement with the center since its inception. The center has grown to be the largest play therapy training program in the world.