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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.
Credentialing Requirement Change - Effective 1/1/2020!
APT has achieved a long-term goal! When the credentialing program was conceived, the goal was to require supervision under an RPT-S only, but our RPT-S registrant pool was too low at that time. Fast-forward to 2017... After annual reviews by the Registration & CE Committee, including our current registrant database and technological capabilities with HIPPA compliance, it was determined that APT can move forward with realizing this goal.
Effective January 1, 2020, play therapy experience (350 hours) and concurrent supervision (35 hours), must be completed under an RPT-S only. Any supervised play therapy experience and supervision hours accrued prior to January 1, 2020 will be accepted provided they fall under the current guidelines.
Who does this change affect? Only new credentialing applicants. If you are a current RPT or RPT-S, this change does NOT affect you.
Please contact Credentialing Coordinator Alexandra Jarrell at email@example.com, or Clinical Coordinator Claudia Vega, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions regarding this new requirement or the RPT/S credentials in general.
Play Therapy Included in Evidence Based Registry!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides the public with reliable information on mental health interventions. In addition to Filial Family Therapy (added to registry March 2016), SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) now include:
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