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Mistie BarnesEditor, Mining Report
Sueann Kenney-NoziskaChair, Registration & Continuing Education Committee
Dee RayChair, Research 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

2019 Conference set for Dallas! 

APT is excited to announce the 2019 conference site will be Dallas, TX!  The InterContinental Dallas Hotel will host our 36th Annual Conference, Oct 1-6, 2019!

Visit the APT Conference page to see all selected sites through 2019!

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Do you need continuing education credit to earn or renew your Registered Play Therapy (RPT), Supervisor (RPT-S) or School Based-Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT) credentials?

There's only 13 days left to enjoy 20% off all 2012-2015 Conference workshops in the APT E-Learning Center!  Enter code Conf20 in the promotional box when prompted at check out.  But hurry - the offer expires July 31!

Play Therapy at ASCA! 

APT exhibited at the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Conference on July 9-12 in New Orleans, LA!

IJPT Editor, Franc Hudspeth, PhD, RPT-S; APT Board member, Scott Riviere, LPC-S, RPT-S; and Professional member Ray Melerine, LPC, RPT-S, assisted CEO Kathryn Lebby and  Operations Manager Diane Leon with educating approximately 2,000 attendees on the importance of play therapy and the new School Based-Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT) credential.