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Evidence-Based Practice Statement: Play Therapy

The Play Therapy Evidence-Based Practice Statement (PTEBP) summarizes and reviews play therapy research published from 2000-2015. The purpose of PTEBP statement is to provide practitioners with an advocacy tool to share the positive and effective outcomes of play therapy in the new millennium.

The APT Research Committee, Chaired by Dee Ray, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, is committed to providing you with resources now and in the future that bring together the research behind play therapy!


APT encourages play therapy research that demonstrates the value and effectiveness of play and play therapy, increases play therapy knowledge or improves play therapy techniques, and supports evidence-based play therapy practices.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) remains the leading force in evaluating and promoting mental health interventions based on "Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination" (SAMSHA, 2014). The following play therapy techniques have been accepted into SAMSHA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

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Play Therapy Best Practices

APT endorses play therapy best practices and offers a paper on touch to assist play therapy and child therapy practitioners, supervisors, and instructors.  Approved Providers, Registered Play Therapists (RPT) and Supervisors (RPT-S), and School Based-Registered Play Therapists (SB-RPT) must attest that they are familiar with the former but both documents are critically important to everyone!

    © 2016 Association for Play Therapy, Inc.