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TX APT Annual Conference


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

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:

Resources for Play Therapists

Take advantage of the free resources available on the APT Publications page, which cover a wide array of subjects, such as play therapy ethics and clinical and professional conduct issues. Our “Paper on Touch” and “Standards of Practice” are specifically useful in clinical supervision and practice. 

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  While touch refers to the physical contact between two individuals, it becomes more complex when describing the impact it has on people, especially children. To learn more about the power of play and when to incorporate touch in a therapeutically appropriate and supportive way, read APT’s Paper on Touch.
  As APT continues to provide the play therapy community with the proper tools, Standards of Practice is another resource available for professionals. This source is perfect for individuals seeking to familiarize themselves with Play Therapy guidelines.
These publications are reviewed, revised, and updated tri-annually by the APT Ethics Committee to provide our member play therapists with the most current information.
APT Conference
The Annual APT International Conference is fast approaching! Visit the APT website to view the recently added 2018 Annual Conference page with hotel reservation information and the 2018 Exhibitor Prospectus.
Upcoming Deadline
  •  March 31, 2018: Awards of Excellence Nominations Due
  • March 31, 2018: Board of Director Nominations Due
  • March 31, 2018: Advertising form & artwork for June 2018 Play Therapy TM Magazine Due

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