LWC Professor Jodi Crane is board chair of the Association for Play Therapy
Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 [11:26 AM]
Lindsey Wilson College Professor of Human Services and
Counseling Jodi Crane is currently serving the 2016-17 term as
board chair of the Association for Play Therapy.
Crane is no stranger to play therapy. She has held many different
roles with the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and has been an
advocate for play therapy within the college and university system
"When my family and I first moved to Kentucky I got involved in
the state branch of play therapy," said Crane. "I eventually became
president of KAPT (Kentucky Associations for Play Therapy) and I
did that for four years. Then when I finished, I moved on to
serving on several committees of APT. Bill Burns, the CEO of APT,
encouraged me to run for the board. I joined the board in 2012. I
was a member for three years and then re-elected. I was chair-elect
for a year and now I'm board chair."
Crane's involvement in counseling and play therapy came from her
passion in working with and helping children.
"I knew in college that I wanted to work with children," said
Crane. "I considered becoming a pediatrician and also a child
psychiatrist. But ultimately I went the psychology route and then
entered into a marriage and family therapy program for my masters.
That program was a great foundation for me but still didn't give me
enough skills to work with children the way I wanted to."
Crane continued her education by entering a doctoral program at
the University of North Texas and while there she discovered play
therapy by accident.
"I stumbled upon an article about play therapy and it just made
such intuitive sense to me based on my background with children,"
said Crane. "I found out that UNT (University of North Texas) had
the biggest play therapy training program and the rest is
Crane enjoys using creative techniques to teach play therapy in
her classes at LWC.
"In my creative counseling class students get introduced to play
therapy and those techniques," said Crane. "But they also get
introduced to all forms of the creative arts including poetry,
drama, music and photography therapy. I love doing creative things
in the classroom."
Crane is encouraged by what she sees in the field of play therapy
and has high hopes for the future.
"One of my professional goals for the future of play therapy is to
continue to get more people to be aware that it exists," said
Crane. 'It's the most developmentally appropriate form of therapy