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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.

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Resources for Those Impacted by School Shootings

APT strongly condemns violence against humanity, especially children. We mourn the most recent school shootings and all senseless acts of violence throughout the world.

APT is committed to continuing our role of providing relevant resources to our members. We encourage our members to continue to provide high quality mental health services and strong advocacy for their clients.

In these troubled times, we are collectively committed to an ethic of personal and professional responsibility and engagement with our respective communities. We encourage our members to be demonstrably self-reflective, dedicated to social awareness, and practice self-care.
We offer the following resources for your consideration:

APT Free Brochures


APT offers free informational brochures! The “Why Play Therapy?” brochure is great way to educate others on the importance of play therapy and credentialed play therapist’s when included during outreach events or displaying them in office settings. Plus, this informational brochure is also available in Spanish! “Join APT Now!” is another resource to share with colleagues or mental health professionals interested in play therapy and the criteria to obtain one of three play therapy credentials, RPT, RPT-S or SB-RPT.

Facebook Car Magnet Challenge - Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Who wants a $10 Amazon gift card? Share your APT car magnet photo on APT’s Facebook or Twitter. The picture of either magnet (“My Work is Child’s Play” or “Play Therapy Works!”) with the best scenery wins! Make sure to use #aptmagnetchallenge to qualify your entry and post by the April 27, 2018 deadline.

Don’t have an APT magnet? Visit the APT store to purchase before they run out! APT will also include a complimentary whiteboard!

APT Training Directory

Did you know? The APT homepage includes quick access to a Training Directory with over 17, 444 training hours! These APT approved trainings can be used to satisfy the 150-hour requirement for the RPT, RPT-S, or SB-RPT credentials and the 18 hours necessary to renew.

Upcoming Deadlines
  • Call for proposals: American Counseling Association(ACA) 2019 Conference Due June 04,2018
  • Facebook car magnet challenge ends April 27, 2018

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