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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Congratulations Award Recipients!

Every year APT acknowledges members who go above and beyond in their contributions and service to the play therapy field through the Awards of Excellence. Congratulations to the following APT Members for their exceptional work:

• APT Service Award: Mary Anne Peabody, EdD, LCSW, RPT-S
Emerging Leader Service Award: Rachel Altvater, PsyD, RPT-S
• Student Research Award: Joanne Wicks, PhD Candidate, RPT-S (Australia), MACA

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations on behalf of their play therapy peers, the Awards of Excellence Committee Chair, Renee Turner, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S and the 13-member Awards committee for evaluating applications.

APT Last Call for Volunteers

The deadline to submit volunteer applications for the 36th Annual APT International Conference is right around the corner! APT is looking for professional, hard-working individuals, committed to making the conference a success. While student volunteers are preferred, all applicants will be considered.

Selected volunteers pay only a $100 non-refundable conference registration fee that includes workshops and continuing education certificate. Submit your application today!

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