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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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Resources for Those Impacted by School Shootings

APT strongly condemns violence against humanity, especially children. We mourn the most recent school shootings and all senseless acts of violence throughout the world.

APT is committed to continuing our role of providing relevant resources to our members. We encourage our members to continue to provide high quality mental health services and strong advocacy for their clients.

In these troubled times, we are collectively committed to an ethic of personal and professional responsibility and engagement with our respective communities. We encourage our members to be demonstrably self-reflective, dedicated to social awareness, and practice self-care.
We offer the following resources for your consideration:

Membership Campaign Kick Off - Win an Apple Watch!

APT’s annual membership campaign is here! If you know individuals who are passionate about play therapy, we encourage you to invite them to join the APT community. For every new member you refer now through June 30, 2018, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for one of three prizes:

  • Amazon Echo
  • $200 Visa gift card
  • Apple watch

The good news doesn’t end there! The state branch with the highest percentage increase of Professional members (minimum 15%), will win a $500 food and beverage credit at the Sheraton Grand Hotel during the Annual APT International Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

TED X - APT Presenters

Congratulations to APT member, Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, on her upcoming TEDX presentation, “Playing for Our Lives: The Hidden Path to Taming Trauma.” Goodyear-Brown will be presenting at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center – Andrew Jackson Hall during TEDX Nashville 2-day event, March 16-17, 2018.

Another APT member, Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW is a former TEDX speaker, whose presentation focused on “The Curative Touch of a Magic Rainbow Hug.” Dr. Courtney presented at TEDX Delray Beach, FL in May 2013 and highlighted the importance of touch in a child’s early years.
Play Therapy Magazine - Article Highlight
If you are looking for ideas to design or re-design your playroom to make it a safe, comfortable space for children, we invite you to read Playroom Design, by APT co-founder Kevin O’Connor, PhD, ABPT, RPT-S. Dr. O’Connor provides helpful tips on the importance of playroom materials and décor.

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