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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Point-Counter Point-The Middle Ground: Call for Authors

Join the conversation on hot-button topics within the play therapy community and be featured in the Point - Counter Point - The Middle Ground column of Play Therapy™ Magazine. Submit your 550-word (or less) essay to CEO Kathy Lebby on the following topics:

  • Accepting a client’s invitation to a personal event: “Yes, with pleasure” or a “No-Go” for you? Essay due by April 1, 2019
  • Do play therapy supervisors and supervisees have to have the same theoretical orientation? Essay due by June 1, 2019

Word of the Day Winners!

Congratulations to the Word of the Day Winners! Jen Korner, Jane Johnson, and Sarah Harig were the first three to submit the correct sentence: “The most successful adults maintain the ability to play!”

Thank you to everyone who participated in Word of the Day during National Play Therapy Week and made it a fun success!

Career Center

Did you know?

If you are browsing for a job or know of an open position visit the APT Career Center! APT members have the option to search for jobs, post an open position, upload a resume, and receive job alerts at no cost!

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