George Fox’s Sweeney named national play therapy president-elect

November 16th, 2007

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NEWBERG, Ore. – Daniel Sweeney, director of George Fox University’s Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies, was named national president-elect of the Association for Play Therapy during its October conference in Hollywood, Calif.

Sweeney earned his doctorate in counselor education at the University of North Texas and is a tenured professor in the Graduate Department of Counseling at George Fox. He is licensed by the State of Oregon as a professional counselor and marriage and family therapist and maintains a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy.

He will succeed Texas State University-San Marcos Professor of Counseling Linda Homeyer as APT president next fall.

Play therapy continues to gain popularity as an effective modality by which licensed mental health professionals better communicate with and counsel clients, especially children, whose language skills are impaired or not yet fully developed.

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 more than 5,000 member psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in approximately 25 nations. Additional information is available at

George Fox University is the only evangelical Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,200 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees

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