Dee Ray elected to National Play Therapy Board

Dee Ray, a professor in the College of Education’s counseling program and the director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas, recently started a three-year term on the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy.

A licensed professional counselor-supervisor and registered play therapist-supervisor, Ray was elected by association members last June.

“Dr. Ray is an experienced academic, practitioner and established APT leader,” said association CEO Kathy Lebby.

Ray has published more than 100 articles, chapters and books examining the effectiveness and process of child centered play therapy.

Play therapy is an approach favored by many licensed mental health professionals in the U.S. and 25 other nations to therapeutically use play to help clients to better describe and resolve their problems. It is particularly effective with children because, just as adults use words to communicate ideas and feelings, children use play.

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