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Edward F. HudspethEditor, International Journal of Play Therapy®
Mistie BarnesEditor, Mining Report
Kathrin HartmannChair, University Education Committee


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

APT Office Hours - Oct. 5 - Oct. 9, 2015

The APT staff will be administering the Annual Conference in Atlanta. All conference related questions or issues can be taken care of on-site at the APT registration desk.

For other questions, please call the APT office and Claudia Vega, Ph.D., will be available to assist you!

NEW! Play Therapy Evidence-Based Practice Statement!

The Play Therapy Evidence-Based Practice Statement (PTEBP) in now available on the website!  This statement summarizes and reviews play therapy research published from 2000-2015. The purpose of PTEBP statement is to provide practitioners with an advocacy tool to share the positive and effective outcomes of play therapy in the new millennium.

The APT Research Committee, Chaired by Dee Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, is committed to providing you with resources now and in the future that bring together the research behind play therapy!