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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.


Association News

Director Election Results!

Congratulations to the following play therapists who will serve a three-year term on the APT Board of Directors:

  Scott Riviere, LPC, LMFT, RPT-S
KIDZ, Inc.
, Lake Charles, LA
  Pamela Dyson, MA, LPC-S, RPT-S
DFW Center for Play Therapy Training, Plano, TX

Erin Dugan, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Clinical Director
Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA

Riviere and Dyson were both re-elected for a second term while Dugan begins her first term this October. The board scans the mental health environment for change drivers, defines the long-term vision that advances play therapy, and assures organizational performance.

Thanks to all four candidates and the 1,128 Professional members who voted by June 15!

Play Therapy on FOX Business!

An episode of Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr on FOX Business will air a 6-minute special on APT and the field of play therapy July 8th at 5pm (EST). This opportunity has the ability to educate 85 million people on the value of play therapy!

The episode features Co-Founder Kevin O’Connor, Registration & CE Committee Chair Sueann Kenney-Noziska, and APT member and RPT-S Valente Orozco. Mark your calendars and spread the news of the upcoming episode on FOX Business July 8th!

New Career Center Launched!

A new and improved Career Center is now available on the APT website! Located under the Membership tab, members can search jobs, post an open position, upload a resume, and receive job alerts at no cost!

Do you have a job opening in your agency, private practice or university? Get your listing in front of more than 6,000 mental health professionals through the APT Career Center!

Check back daily for new job listings or subscribe to the email alerts and be first to know when a position is posted.

APT Celebrates 35 Years!

Join APT in celebrating its 35th year in 2017! This will be a year of recognition, celebration, and looking back on over three decades of promoting the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists. Take an insider’s look into the Association’s history with a new APT Fun Fact in each weekly member flash, enter the year-long "Where's the Dude?!" Sweepstakes, and be there in October for the 35th Birthday Bash at the Annual APT International Conference in Minneapolis, MN!

Check out everywhere the Dude's been so far in the Where's the Dude?! photo album.

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