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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

Congratulations Awards of Excellence Recipients!

Each year, APT recognizes members who demonstrate outstanding achievements, contributions, and service to the play therapy field through our Awards of Excellence program!

Thank you to those who nominated their play therapy peers and the 20-member Awards of Excellence Committee who evaluated each one! A special thank you to 2017 Awards Committee chair Kara Carnes-Holt, under whose leadership a new award was created for our young professionals, the Emerging Leader Service Award!

Congratulations to our 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients:


Lifetime Achievement Award
Phyllis Booth, MA, LCPC, LMFT, RPT-S
Clinical Director Emeritus, Theraplay® Institute
Chicago, IL


APT Service Award
Robert Jason Grant, EdD, LPC, NCC, CAS, RPT-S
Owner, Robert Jason Grant Ed.D AutPlay Therapy Clinic
Springfield, MO


Public Education and Promotion Award
Dawn Williamson, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S
Owner, Private Practice
Dundee, OR


Emerging Leader Service Award
Renee Turner, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Counselor, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Belton, TX

Credentialing Requirement Change - Effective 1/1/2020!

APT has achieved a long-term goal! When the credentialing program was conceived, the goal was to require supervision under an RPT-S only, but our RPT-S registrant pool was too low at that time.  Fast-forward to 2017... After annual reviews by the Registration & CE Committee, including our current registrant database and technological capabilities with HIPPA compliance, it was determined that APT can move forward with realizing this goal.

Effective January 1, 2020, play therapy experience (350 hours) and concurrent supervision (35 hours), must be completed under an RPT-S only. Any supervised play therapy experience and supervision hours accrued prior to January 1, 2020 will be accepted provided they fall under the current guidelines. 

Who does this change affect? Only new credentialing applicants. If you are a current RPT or RPT-S, this change does NOT affect you.

Please contact Credentialing Coordinator Alexandra Jarrell at, or Clinical Coordinator Claudia Vega, Ph.D. at, if you have any questions regarding this new requirement or the RPT/S credentials in general.

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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