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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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Play Therapy Connection and Privacy Policy Review

As a member benefit, APT offers Play Therapy Connection, an online discussion forum. This is a space for members to connect with one another and exchange ideas regarding theory and ethical practice of play therapy. APT is thrilled at the forum's popularity and reported value to members. Since its inception last year, more than 450 topics and 2,000 discussion posts have been included! 

Keeping in line with the ethical and legal standards of the mental health profession, the Privacy Policy and
Terms of Use documents on our website were crafted. Confidentiality and HIPAA compliance are addressed. By using our website and forums, you agree to the terms of our policy.

Furthermore, the guidelines below provide information to consider, prior to submitting your post to the forums, in determining if you may be sharing inappropriate content.

Guidelines for Determining Inappropriate Content

  • Avoid including any identifying information. This includes: names, family details, last time client was seen, other clues about the child or family, how long you have been working with the client, your educational program, client history, parents employment, marital status, legal status, mental health status and so on.
  • If you include a signature block with your post, it may give a clue as to where the client is possibly located.
  • A simple statement about the problem (anxiety; oppositional behavior) is sufficient.

As an APT member, you are able to flag any post you believe has violated these guidelines by selecting "Flag as Inappropriate" on the drop down menu next to the original post. The post will be reviewed and steps will be taken (edit, removed, etc) in order to ensure compliance. We appreciate your participation and cooperation in ensuring the ethical and legal standards of the play therapy profession are experienced by all members on our forums!


APT Celebrates 35 Years!

This has been a year of recognition, celebration, and looking back on over three decades of promoting the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists! It's not too late to join the fun! Enter our "Where's the Dude?!" photo contest, join your friends and peers at the 35th Birthday Bash during the Annual APT International Conference, and follow us on social media to enjoy our throwback pictures from the early days of APT.

Join the Dude as he travels the world in the Where's the Dude?! photo album.

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