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The Association for Play Therapy (APT) offers three credentials by which licensed mental health professionals and school counselors/psychologists might demonstrate and promote their specialized play therapy knowledge and training. 

  • Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
  • Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S)
  • School Based-Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT)

RPT or RPT-S Credential

Registered Play Therapists (RPT) and Registered Play Therapists-Supervisors (RPT-S) are state licensed clinical mental health practitioners who have satisfied the criteria described in the RPT & RPT-S Guide.

SB-RPT Credential

School Based-Registered Play Therapists (SB-RPT) are school counselors or school psychologists who hold a license from their state's department of education, and who have satisfied the criteria described in the SB-RPT Guide.

Annual Renewal

All current and active Registrants are required to annually renew their credential and submit 18 hours of APT approved play therapy continuing education every three (3) years. 

RPT-S’s must also complete and document additional supervisor training hours.

SB-RPT's must also complete and document three (3) hours of DSM training.

  • SB-RPT Renewal - Online (members only)
  • SB-RPT Renewal - printable 

Why Become Credentialed?

“It communicates excellence – that my training and experience meet objective standards.  It reflects my professional identity – it uniquely represents, in a way no general mental health license or credential could;what I consider to be the most representative of who I am as a mental health professional. It gives me a niche – it reflects my specialty and interest areas. It builds community – the credential provides a way for play therapists to build bridges with those whose professional work mirrors their own…and as helping professionals, we need that sense of community. It supports play therapy – maintaining my credential helps to support play therapy and its ongoing development and dissemination.“ 

-Nick Cornett, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, Registered Play Therapist
 Assistant Professor, Graduate Counseling Program, John Brown University
, Arkansas

 

“For me having the credential demonstrates that I am highly trained and competent in my field. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am a play therapist not just a therapist who uses play therapy techniques. I maintain my credential for the professional benefits.  I will continue to maintain my credentials and encourage others to do so as well by obtaining my RPT-S in the near future. “

       -Alexis Sanghera, MSW, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist
       Outpatient Therapist, Methodist Family Health, Arkansas

 

“Credibility.”

       -Julie Merriman, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, CSC
       
Department Head and Assistant Professor
        Department of Psychology and Counseling, Tarleton State University, Texas

RPT and RPT-S Acronym Conflict

In some states the acronym RPT is protected by Physical Therapists, and therefore restricts the public display of such.  To see if your state is included, please review this list. 

 

For questions concerning the Credentialing Program, contact APT 559-298-3400

Claudia Vega, Ph.D., Clinical Coordinator, cvega@a4pt.org

Alexandra Jarrell, Continuing Education & Credentialing Coordinator, ajarrell@a4pt.org

  

 

Disclaimer:  The Association for Play Therapy (APT) confers the designation of Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) to individuals who have provided APT with documentation that they have a) a mental health graduate or higher degree; b) been licensed by the applicable state licensing or certification authority; c) completed a minimum number of hours of general clinical experience and supervision; d) completed a minimum number of hours of play therapy training and supervision; and e) completed the requisite continuing education hours. The designation as a RPT or RPT-S does not certify, imply, or affirm the knowledge or competency of such individual but only confirms that the education and training requirements identified herein have been satisfied.

The Association for Play Therapy (APT) confers the designation of School Based-Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT) to individuals who have provided APT with documentation that they have a) a mental health graduate or higher degree; b) been licensed or certified as a school counselor or school psychologist by the applicable state licensing or certification authority; c) completed a minimum number of hours of general clinical experience and supervision; d) completed a minimum number of hours of play therapy training and supervision; and e) completed the requisite continuing education hours. The designation as a SB-RPT does not certify, imply, or affirm the knowledge or competency of such individual but only confirms that the education and training requirements identified herein have been satisfied.