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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

As the news of yet another school tragedy unfolds, APT stands in solace with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community in Parkland, Florida. We offer the following resources for your consideration:

Point-Counterpoint-The Middle Ground: Toy guns in the play room?

Point-Counterpoint-The Middle Ground is a new section in the Play Therapy™ Magazine that addresses different viewpoints on highly complex topics within the Play Therapy community. Join the conversation by addressing APT’s first topic: Should toy guns be included in the play room? If you agree that they should, then make a Point. If you do not believe that they should, then provide a Counterpoint. And, if your opinion lies somewhere in between, then stand The Middle Ground. Submit your opinion to Sarah Stauffer, PhD, RPT-S. Keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers, all opinions are encouraged!

Call for Award Nominations

There is still time to nominate your fellow Play Therapists for their outstanding performance! Just submit your APT Award of Excellence form before the March 31, 2018 deadline.

E-Learning Center

If you wish to expand your knowledge of the theories and practices of play therapy, visit our E-Learning Center page. We offer an array of non-contact courses in audio and written format to suit your learning preferences.


Browsing for a play therapy book? APT has you covered! Visit the Play Therapy Publications page for a listing of play therapy literature.

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