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Welcome to Play Therapy Center

2017 LAPT Conference Registration

The 2017 LAPT Conference will be held at Loyola from February 10-11. Please click here to register.


Upcoming Seminar: March 2017 

Seminar topic and dates to be announced soon!!!


Loyola University New Orleans Play Therapy Center of Education & Research

The Loyola University New Orleans Play Therapy Center of Education and Research is the world's third such center designated by the Association for Play Therapy.

Director Dr. LeAnne Steen founded the center in 2008 and she maintains the designation by growing play therapy curriculum opportunities, publishing play therapy research, developing a play therapy library and maintaining a play therapy training laboratory. 

What is Play Therapy? 

Play therapy is a form of mental health counseling or psychotherapy by which licensed mental health professionals incorporate the use of play to better communicate with and help clients achieve optimal mental health. Play therapists are trained in play therapy philosophy, theory, and facilitation.

Find out more through the Play Therapy Counseling Research Guide!