Congratulations! Charis Wong, Registered Play Therapist (USA)
KIN & KiDS congratulates Charis Wong for being the first Malaysian to receive the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credentials offered by the Association for Play Therapy, USA (APT).
To earn the prestigious Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credentials, one must have earned a traditional masters or doctorate mental health degree from an institute of higher education, 150 clock hours of play therapy graduate-level specific instruction, two years and 2000 hours of general mental health clinical experience, 500 hours of supervised play therapy specific experience, 50 hours of play therapy supervision, and be licensed by their state or national board of practice.
In 2010, Charis pioneered play therapy training to undergraduate Psychology students at HELP University in an three-credit elective course, Therapeutic Play. She has presented papers and a workshop on play therapy at several international conferences. Charis also provides graduate-level play therapy training in Malaysia and sand tray therapy workshops through KIN & KiDS, an APT Approved Provider of play therapy continuing education.
Play therapy continues to gain popularity as an effective model by which licensed mental health professionals use developmentally appropriate play therapy theories and techniques to better communicate with and help clients, especially children.
For more information about what play therapists do, watch this video.