Homeyer earns national play therapy lifetime achievement award

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
October 17, 2013

Linda Homeyer

Linda Homeyer

Linda Homeyer, professor and former chair of the Counseling, Leadership and Adult Education at Texas State University, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) during its Oct. 8-13 conference in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The award honored Homeyer, a licensed professional counselor-supervisor and registered play therapist-supervisor, for her lifetime achievements, contributions and service to play therapy and the association.

A prolific play therapy author and presenter at state, national and international conferences, Homeyer twice served as president of the association’s chartered Texas branch, editor of its quarterly newsletter, chair of its credentialing program and assisted establishment of the university’s Texas State Play Therapy Institute.

“Dr. Homeyer is a natural leader who was also twice elected to our board of directors and twice elected as its chair,” said association CEO Bill Burns. “In the latter role, she tactfully supervised the transition of our organization to a progressive model of governance which better defines roles and responsibilities.”

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 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.

APT is a national professional society that provides research, training and credentialing programs to assist those professionals. Additional information is available at www.a4pt.org.