Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to FDU Psychology Professor Charles Schaefer
(Fresno, CA, Oct. 18, 2006) Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, Crestwood, New York, was presented the Play Therapy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oct. 14 annual meeting of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Schaefer, a Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, has been a prolific play therapy author, editor, educator, researcher, and prominent child therapist since earning his doctorate at Fordham University.
A licensed clinical psychologist and registered play therapist-supervisor, he has published numerous public and scholarly articles introducing the value of play and play therapy.
Of his more than 60 books, the Handbook of Play Therapy, Foundations of Play Therapy, and trilogy of 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques are standard academic references. Child Magazine named Schaefer’s book “Raising Baby Right” as its 1992 book of the year. He has also conducted guest interviews on Good Morning America and Oprah.
It was from Schaefer’s vision of a national organization that APT emerged in 1982. He was both its first president and director emeritus.
Today APT fosters play therapy research and provides training and credentialing programs to mental health professionals and students in the United States and 27 other nations.
Play therapy continues to gain popularity as it complements traditional adult-oriented therapy by enabling children whose language skills are not yet wholly developed to more easily and willingly communicate and resolve their problems.