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Join the world's largest gathering of Play Therapists on October 3-7, at the Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference in Phoenix, AZ! This year's conference offers up to 34.5 of continuing education and more than 65 workshops to choose from! Conference highlights include:

  • Keynote by Janine Shelby, PhD, RPT-S, Play Therapists in Troubled Times: The Art of Bearing Hope in a Culture of Violence
  • Poster session to showcase current play therapy research findings
  • APT Exhibit Hall showcasing therapeutic toys, books and services
  • A variety of networking opportunities: "Join Me" Dinners, Welcome Reception, APT After Party, and Awards of Excellence Breakfast


Register by June 30, 2018 to save!

Whether you want to experience it all, or you can only get away for a few days, there’s a registration option that is sure to work for you!

  • A La Carte
    Pay a registration fee then select and pay only for those workshops and days you wish to attend.
  • Conference Pass
    For only $499,  purchase a "Conference Pass" which includes the registration fee plus workshop fees for all five days! But hurry, this special Conference Pass is only available until June 30, 2018.

View the brochure, then register one of two ways:

  • Online: Register online and receive immediate confirmation
  • Mail: Mail completed registration form and payment to APT: 401 Clovis Ave.,#107 Clovis, CA 93612 USA

Hotel Information

Conference Location:
Sheraton Grand Phoenix
340 N 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Guest Room Rate:
Special hotel rate for APT Conference attendees is $189 per night (plus tax) for single/double occupancy and includes complimentary Wi-Fi in guestroom.

Guest self-parking: $10-$22

Reserve online or call 866-837-4213. Room availability and special rates are available until September 5, 2018, or until the space is filled. We urge you to make your hotel reservations early.

Exhibitor Information

The 2018 Exhibitor Prospectus is now available and features exciting advertising and sponsorship opportunities to help maximize your exhibit!

Space is limited, so don't wait! Reserve your booth today by completing the printable application or submitting the application online!

For further questions, contact Melissa Villegas at (559) 298-3400, x 3.

Submit a Poster Proposal

The 2018 Conference Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present a poster at the Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The poster session will be on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Review the criteria then submit your poster proposal by the June 30, 2018 deadline!

Volunteer Opportunities

The annual conference would not be possible without our volunteers! Reliable student members with strong work ethics are the preferred volunteer candidate, but everyone is encouraged to apply. The volunteer application deadline is June 20, 2018 - submit your application today!

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