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The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is a national professional society established in 1982 to foster contact among mental health professionals interested in exploring and, when developmentally appropriate, applying the therapeutic power of play to communicate with and treat clients, particularly children.

Association News

NEW History Speaks Interview added! 

To learn more about the history of play therapy, watch the new History Speaks interview on the APT YouTube Channel!

Our newest addition to the History Speaks series is Eliana Gil, PhD, RPT-S, Founding Partner with Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education and Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy.

The additional archived video interviews can be found ithe Why Play Therapy section of the APT website. APT looks forward to preserving the perspectives of those who helped shape play therapy and APT for years to come!

Play Therapy Evidence-Based Practice Statement updated!

The Play Therapy Evidence-Based Practice Statement (PTEBP) has been updated to reflect additional research published in the last year. The PTEBP summarizes and reviews play therapy research published from 2000-2016. The purpose is to provide practitioners with an advocacy tool to share the positive and effective outcomes of play therapy in the new millennium.

The APT Research Committee, Chaired by Dee Ray, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, is committed to providing you with resources now and in the future that bring together the research behind play therapy!