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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

2017 Membership Campaign Ends Soon!

Interested in winning $100 cash, a $200 Amazon gift card or an iPad Air?

By referring a new member you could be a lucky winner! Use the Refer a Friend link on your APT profile page for a direct referral link OR email option and boost your chances to be entered into a drawing for one of the three prizes!

In addition to individual prizes, if your branch increases its professional members by the highest percentage (minimum 15%) during the March 1 thru June 30 campaign period, you and your fellow branch members will enjoy a $500 food and beverage credit at the 2017 Conference headquarter hotel in Minneapolis!


Director Election Coming Soon!

Professional members in good standing as of May 31, 2017 will receive a personalized link via email on June 1 to cast their vote for up to three candidates by June 15.

Read more about the 2017 Director Candidates professional achievements and involvement, then get ready to vote starting June 1!

2017 Conference Registration Open!

After reviewing more than 170 workshop proposals, Conference Program Committee Chair Kim Vander Dussen and the 33-member committee have put together an outstanding program! 2017 topics include trauma, diversity, attachment, supervisor training and more.

Preview the 2017 Conference Brochure then register today for the Oct. 10-15 Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Join us for the biggest Birthday Bash of 2017 as we celebrate APT turning 35 this year! 

APT Celebrates 35 Years!

Join APT in celebrating its 35th year in 2017! 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. Take an insider’s look into the Association’s history with a new APT Fun Fact in each weekly member flash, enter the year-long "Where's the Dude?!" Sweepstakes, and be there in October for the 35th Birthday Bash at 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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