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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2018 Annual APT International Conference

The wait is over! Detailed information regarding the Annual APT International Conference is now available! Visit the links below to learn more and register today!


Brochure & Registration: View the brochure and choose from over 65 workshops to earn up to 34.5 CE hours! The conference tailors its educational offering to mental health professionals of all levels, ranging from beginner/foundational to advanced. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own schedule with half day workshops, evening workshops, or full day trainings.

Call for Poster Proposals: Interested in presenting your play therapy research? The 2018 Conference Committee invites you to submit a poster proposal before the June 30, 2018 deadline. Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your research findings to other mental health professionals.

Call for Volunteers: APT is looking for hard working, reliable, professional, and motivated individuals to assist in making the conference a successful event. While student volunteers are preferred, everyone is encouraged to apply – submit your application today!

Did you Know?

By staying at the official conference hotel, you reduce the overall cost for current and future conferences! These savings help secure suitable venues for future conferences and keep registration fees below National averages. The official conference hotel is the center of all conference activities, networking, and convenient for workshop attendees. Ensure a memorable experience and support APT!

Upcoming Deadlines
  • May 18, 2018: APT Magnet Challenge Ends
  • June 4, 2018: American Counseling Association call for proposals due
  • June 13, 2018: National School of Psychologists proposal due
  • June 30, 2018: Membership Campaign Ends
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