This news article originally appeared in the The Karnes Countywide on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
Lisa Latcham, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, of Beeville, earned the prestigious Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy (APT), according to its CEO Kathryn Lebby.
Latcham is a licensed professional counselor, a national certified counselor, and a certified school counselor.
She is employed by STCH Ministries as a family therapist in Beeville, located at the First Baptist Church, and at Homes for Children on Boothe Campus near Mineral.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, and her master’s degree from the University of Houston-Victoria.
To become a registered play therapist, applicants must have earned a traditional master’s or higher mental health degree from an institution of higher education, 150 clock hours of play therapy training, two years and 2,000 hours of clinical experience, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience, and be licensed or certified by their state boards of practice.
Play therapy continues to gain popularity as an effective modality by which licensed mental health professionals, school counselors, and school psychologists use play therapy theories and techniques in developmentally appropriate ways to better communicate with and help clients, especially children.
APT is a national professional society formed in 1982 to advance the field of play therapy. It sponsors research, training, and credentialing programs to assist the professional development of its nearly 6,000 member psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in more than 25 nations.