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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.


APT believes that children’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being is promoted by ensuring their fundamental needs are met.  Research demonstrates the importance of supporting children’s need to develop and preserve their attachment to their parents, helping to ensure children’s sense of their family as accessible, intact, and whole.  


APT encourages play therapists to use the national association aligned with their primary discipline to advocate for vulnerable children as they continue to use their knowledge of the therapeutic value of play to provide high quality mental health services.

Resources for Children and Parents with Trauma History

American Counseling Association:

National Association of School Psychologists:

Attachment and Trauma-Related Articles from Play Therapy™ Magazine:

Association News

Happy 4th of July


With the fourth of July approaching, we not only celebrate our nations freedom, but remember the valiant individuals who fought for independence. APT wishes you a happy 4th of July, and a safe, playful holiday!

Note: the APT Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in honor of Independence Day. The office will resume normal business hours on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

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