Pedro J. Blanco, PhD

Associate Professor of Counseling and Development

Office: WH 213-D
Phone: 940-898-2688


PhD, University of North Texas, Counseling

Research Interests

Counselor supervision; child assessment; child counseling/play therapy; parent education/filial therapy; expressive arts therapies; group counseling


Pedro J. (P.J.) Blanco is an associate professor of counseling & development in the Department of Family Sciences at Texas Woman's University. His primary teaching areas are play therapy; counseling skill development; child and adolescent, group counseling; assessment, counseling practicum; and internship. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and a Certified Humanistic Sandtray Therapist. As a counselor educator, Blanco believes strongly in the importance of providing developmentally appropriate treatment. He has more than 10 years of play therapy experience and has conducted several research projects in the public school system. He is interested in strengthening the link between play therapy and academic achievement. Blanco has served as a presenter in multiple national and state conferences, and currently is on the board of the Texas Association for Play Therapy.

Selected Publications

  • Blanco, P., Holliman, Muro, J., Toland, S. & Farnam, J. (2017). Long term Child-Centered play therapy effects on academic achievement of children. Journal of Child and Family Studies 26(7) p.1915-1922.
  • Blanco, P., Muro, J., Holliman, R., Stickley, V., & Carter, K. (2015). Effects of Child-centered play therapy on performance anxiety and academic achievement. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 1(2), 66-80.
  • Muro, J., Holliman, R., Blanco, P., & Stickley, V. (2015). Exploring play therapy training: An investigation of the impact of practice on attitudes, knowledge, and skills with with master’s level students. International Journal of Play Therapy, 24(4) p.234-247).
  • Muro, J., Stickely, V., Muro, L., Blanco, P., & Tsai, M. (2015). Considerations for elementary schools and university collaborations: A guide to implementing counseling research. Journal of Research Administration. 46(1), 102-117.
  • Blanco, P., Muro, J., & Stickley, V. (2014). Understanding the concept of genuineness in play therapy: Implications for the supervision and teaching of beginning play therapists. International Journal of Play Therapy. 23(1), 44-54.
  • Holliman, R., Myers, C., & Blanco, P. (2013). Honoring the person within the child: Meeting the needs of children through child-centered play therapy. The Person-Centered Journal.20, 80-103.
  • Stickley, V., Muro, J., & Blanco, P. (2013). Collaborating university play therapy programs with elementary schools: Alleviating school counselor stress. The Open Journal of Education. 1, 143-147.

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