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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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Congrats 2015 Awards of Excellence Recipients!

Congratulations to our 2015 Awards of Excellence recipients:

■  Lifetime Achievement Award - Kevin O'Connor, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, Fresno, CA

■  APT Service Award - Edward F. Hudspeth, PhD, NCC, LPC, RPh, RPT-S, ACS, Arkadelphia, AR

■  Professional Education & Training Award - Lisa Dion, MA, LPC, RPT-S, Boulder, CO

Recipients will be honored at the Oct. 10 Awards Breakfast during our 2015 Conference in Atlanta.

Thanks to Chair Julie Merriman (TX) and the 17-member Awards of Excellence Committee for evaluating nominations.


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APT Annual Conference – October 6-11, 2015! APT is traveling to Atlanta, Georgia for it’s 32nd Annual Conference!  From education to networking, APT attendees can rely on the Annual Conference to meet the diverse needs of our amazing members!  View the 2015 Conference Brochure, then register online today! We look forward to welcoming you to Atlanta!

Conference-related questions? Please email Stephanie Carter at