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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 30-Second Public Awareness Video Available!

The APT YouTube Channel now has a 30-second public awareness video available for use. This shorter version is perfect for promoting the value of play therapy on various social media channels! 

Browse other videos available today including the full 6-minute episode of Innovations with Ed Begley Jr, our Andrew and Andrés PSA's and the History Speaks series.  
Thank You For Your Contributions!  

APT's public awareness campaigns are funded by your contributions to the Foundation for Play Therapy!

In 2016, APT began a public awareness campaign targeting pediatricians.  This campaign included a personalized letter to 30,000 pediatricians and members of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), exhibiting at the AAP Conference in San Francisco and a presence on the Pediatric Buyers Guide (a resource for pediatric professional services).

Our public awareness campaign this year continue to focus on pediatricians thru our expanded website advertising campaign and exhibition at the AAP Annual Conference in Chicago next month.  This is in conjunction with our ongoing efforts to educate school counselors on the value of play therapy by exhibiting at the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) in 2016 and 2017.

These public awareness campaigns would not be possible without your contributions to the Foundation for Play Therapy. On behalf of Chair Franc Hudspeth and the Foundation Board, thank you for your continued support!

APT Celebrates 35 Years!

This will be a year of recognition, celebration, and looking back on over three decades of promoting the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists! Snap a picture of the Dude during this year-long celebration and submit it to our "Where's the Dude?!" Sweepstakes. With more than 90 submissions, you could be one of our lucky monthly winners! Make sure to mark your calendar and continue the celebration with us at the 35th Birthday Bash during the Annual APT International Conference in Minneapolis, MN!

Check out everywhere the Dude's been so far in the Where's the Dude?! photo album.

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