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…
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.
Important changes to the Credentialing program were announced April 1, 2019. You are invited and strongly encouraged to read the Credentialing Announcement. The information contained in this special announcement affects all stakeholders involved in any capacity with the RPT/S credentials. Whether you hold the RPT or RPT-S credential, are a member interested in pursuing the credential, hold an APT Approved Center or Provider designation, or are a University providing play therapy instruction or supervision, these changes affect you.
APT is committed to upholding the integrity of the credentialing program and the field of play therapy. As always you are welcome to contact the APT office with any questions or concerns.
Video Message from CEO Kathy Lebby
APT Member Storytelling
Drawing inspiration from his family and people who supported his wellbeing, Woody Belt, MA, SB-RPT, decided to help others. Starting in college, Woody accompanied youth on outdoor activities and shared messages of resilience, self-worth, goal-setting, and value. Woody’s love for experiential education led him to further his career as a school counselor and become a School Based-Registered Play Therapist.
Read about Woody’s journey published in the March 2019 issue of Play TherapyTM magazine here!
Help Your Branch Win A Party
“Go Play! Advocating for the Integration of Play Therapy in the School Setting” by Yolanda Fountain, PhD, LPC, RPT-S and Tracy Gardner, EdS, LPC, RPT-S is a must read for school counselors! Featured in the March 2019 issue of Play TherapyTM magazine, the article provides tips on how School Based-Registered Therapist (SB-RPTs) can help advocate for play within schools.
Promote the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists and advance the psychosocial development and mental health of all people through play and play therapy by supporting those programs, services, and related activities that promote organizational growth, public awareness, research, and diversity in the field of play therapy.