Children’s Home Clinical Director to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

    Dr. David Crenshaw to be honored by New York Association for Play Therapy

    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – On March 24, 2018 the New York Association for Play Therapy (NYAPT) will present David Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP with the 2018 NYAPT Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Dr. David Crenshaw is a nationally renowned child psychologist who is best known for his pioneering work in the area of play therapy and the use of facility dogs in trauma informed child therapy. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1969 from Washington University in St. Louis. As a play therapist, Dr. Crenshaw helps children express what is troubling them and resolve their own problems even when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. He has taught graduate courses in play therapy at Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities. Dr. Crenshaw is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and its Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, as well as a Fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.

    Currently, Dr. Crenshaw is the Clinical Director of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, a 170-year old organization that serves children and youth in the foster care system. He was previously the Clinical Director at Astor Services for Children & Families and is a former Co-Chair of their Board of Directors. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of 15 books on child therapy, child trauma, and resilience. He is a current member and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASADA). Currently he is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Courthouse Dogs Foundation in Seattle, and the Dutchess County Task Force against Human Trafficking. Dr. Crenshaw has received numerous awards for his work, including The James Sullivan Award from William Jewell College; The Excellence in Psychology Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hudson Valley Psychological Association; the CASADA Award for outstanding contributions to the community to prevent domestic violence and child abuse; the Sister Serena Branson Award for significant contributions to Astor by Astor Services for Children & Families; and the Great Friend to Kids Award from the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum.

    “This is such a fitting honor for an incredible career. Dr. Crenshaw is truly deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Walter Joseph, Executive Director at the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. “I have had the pleasure of working with Dave for 40 years and have witnessed firsthand his level of dedication to the children he works with and love of the field.”

    The NYAPT Annual Play Therapy Conference will take place on March 23-24, 2018 in Tarrytown, NY. Please visit for more information.

    About the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

    Established in 1847, the Children’s Home provides a range of services and programs giving hope and healing to abused and neglected children in the Hudson River Region. The Children’s Home served 315 children and their family members last year. The Home provides a full range of residential services including campus-based care, community-based group homes and boarding homes, and independent living programming.

    Throughout our 170-year history, the underlying mission of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie has remained the same: the Home is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment that improves lives and empowers at-risk children and families in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities.

    For more information, to make a donation or to become a volunteer, visit our website at or call 845-452-1420.

    About the New York Association for Play Therapy

    The Association for Play Therapy, Inc. (APT) is a national organization dedicated to the advancement of play, play therapy and credentialed play therapists. Founded in 1982, by Dr. Charles Schaefer, APT it is comprised interdisciplinary members, from the US and internationally, sharing a wide range of theoretical orientations. The NYAPT is a chartered state branch through the Association for Play Therapy. Chartered in 1996, they are a non-profit, tax-exempt professional organization offering specialized training and information on play therapy.