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Dee RayChair, Research Committee
Sueann Kenney-NoziskaChair, Registration & Continuing 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

Congratulations 2017 Gold Branches!

APT presented 26 Gold Branch Awards to those that went above and beyond in core areas such as membership growth, play therapy training and public outreach in their local communities! 

Help APT in congratulating the following branches that earned a 2017 Gold Branch Award:

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland/DC, Minnesota, North Carolina, New England, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Congratulations to all our Gold Branch Recipients!

Save the Date! Annual APT International Conference, Oct. 10-15, 2017! 

Mark your calendars to join us during our Oct. 10-15 Conference at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Minnesota!

Join your friends and colleagues to earn up to 40.5 credit hours, network with other play therapists, shop the amazing exhibits, and enjoy the many visitor amenities in Minneapolis. Come ready to celebrate BIG as we wish the Dude a Happy 35th Birthday!

Conference brochure and online registration will be available in May!

New Member Referral Option!

Looking for a quick and easy way to ask a colleague to join? Use the Refer a Friend link on your APT profile page for a direct referral link OR email option!

With only two months left in our Membership Campaign, use this simple website referral tool today and boost your chances to be entered into a drawing for one of three prizes - $100 cash, a $200 Amazon gift card or an iPad Air!

In addition to individual prizes, if your branch increases its professional members by the highest percentage (minimum 15%) during the March 1 thru June 30 campaign period, you and your fellow branch members will enjoy a $500 food and beverage credit at the 2017 Conference headquarter hotel in Minneapolis!

Play Therapy Included in Evidence Based Registry!

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides the public with reliable information on mental health interventions. In addition to Filial Family Therapy (added to registry March 2016), SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) now include:

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!

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