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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

Relive the 80’s at the APT Birthday Bash!


Join us Thursday night during our Oct. 10-15 Conference in Minneapolis and enjoy music, dancing, games and more during APT’s 35th Birthday party!

Will we see you in your neon leggings and legwarmers this October?

Join Us on Social Media!

Have you visited the APT Facebook page? Are you following us on Twitter?

Connect with our growing community of over 17,000 Facebook friends and 5,000 Twitter followers today to congratulate your colleagues on their achievements, view flashback photos or for the chance to win a Starbucks gift card! Join us!


Play Therapy on National TV!

On July 8th, the field of play therapy was broadcasted across the country during an episode of Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr on FOX Business! Thank you to those who promoted the episode on social media and for everyone who watched it!

The 6-minute special can now be viewed online. Stay tuned for more information on a 30-second commercial that can be used for additional public awareness of play therapy!


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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