Find a Play Therapist

Find a Play Therapist in your area! Quickly and easily search for play therapy services near you.

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Find Play Therapy Training

Find live or recorded play therapy and supervisor trainings, all offered by APT Approved Providers.

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Information on Credentialing

An APT credential is the best way to demonstrate extensive play therapy knowledge and training.

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Parents Corner

The Parents Corner provides educational information on play therapy for parents and caregivers.

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Association for Play Therapy

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.

What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is defined by APT as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained Play Therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."

Play Therapy should only be provided by mental health professionals who have met the required education, licensure, and additional specialized training and supervision specific to Play Therapy. Read more…

Association Programs & Benefits

Membership in the Association for Play Therapy (APT) demonstrates your interest in the field of play therapy! APT is dedicated to the growth and advancement of play therapy, increasing your knowledge, and providing you with networking opportunities and the professional tools you need.


APT membership demonstrates your interest in the field of play therapy and provides access to the latest play therapy news, research, publications, networking, and professional tools.

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Play Therapy Research

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

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APT provides official publications exclusively to its membership, in the form of the International Journal of Play Therapy®, Play Therapy™ Magazine, PlayToday e-newsletter, and more!

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Play Therapy Connection

A professional network of support is an important resource for any mental health professional. Connect with fellow members and exchange clinical knowledge.

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E-Learning Center

Earn valuable non-contact continuing education from various play therapy sources, including APT’s Annual Conference Workshops, the International Journal of Play Therapy®, and more!

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Annual Conference

The Annual APT Conference takes place every October, offering play therapy education to mental health professionals and graduate students from an array of disciplines.

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Disaster Activity Book for Kids

With the impact of Hurricane Florence, APT is once again providing a free member-only activity book, Too Much Weather, to help children cope with natural disasters. The activity book was created by Anne Stewart, PhD, RPT-S and Danielle Budash, PhD, RPT-S in response to Hurricane Katrina.

APT will prioritize orders received to ensure copies are provided to those affected by the hurricane first. Print copies are limited and available through the APT website in English and Spanish. You may also download the book for free (English/ Spanish).

APT Members Appear in Cover Story

APT members, Dee Ray, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, Nancy Cochran, MS, LMHP, Jeff Cochran, PhD, LMHC, and Ashley Wroton, EdS, LPC, RPT were featured in the September issue of Counseling Today’s cover story, “The therapy behind play therapy” by Bethany Bray. Research Chair, Dr. Dee Ray addresses communication between child and counselor, testing limitations, and the self-directive approach. Learn More


APT has an official hashtag for the upcoming Annual APT International Conference: #a4pt2018. Use the hashtag to connect with others as you prepare for the conference. Don’t forget to also use #a4pt2018 to highlight your conference adventures!

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