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Conference Overview

The Annual APT International Conference and Exposition is committed to providing graduate level training and education, fostering the exchange of ideas, and providing networking opportunities to professionals across disciplines.

Counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, graduate students, and other mental health professionals can select from over 55 educational workshops over a 6-day event offered every October.  Nearly  1000 attendees earn 35-40 hours of continuing education approved for state licensure and play therapy credentialing.


2018 Annual Conference

Join us 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 September 5, 2018 to Save!

Early registration rates are available through September 5, 2018.

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. Parking:  Guest self-parking: $10-$22

Reservations:  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 five day exposition is the marketplace to restock your playroom. With hundreds of therapeutic toys and games available under one roof, it is a must see-and-shop! Friendly vendors provide specialized knowledge and diverse product lines, including books, sandtray figures, puppets and games.

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.


Upcoming Conferences

October 3-7, 2018
Sheraton Grand Phoenix Phoenix, AZ

October 1-6, 2019
Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel Dallas, TX

October 6-11, 2020
Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa Ranch Mirage, CA


Past Conferences

2017 - Marriott City Center Hotel, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 10-15
2016 - Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY, Oct. 4-9
2015 - Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 6-11
2014 - Westin Galleria Hotel, Houston, TX, Oct. 7-12
2013 - Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA, Oct. 8-13
2012 - Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Cleveland, OH, Oct. 9-14
2011 - Sheraton Hotel & City Convention Ctr, Sacramento, CA, Oct. 11-16
2010 - Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY, Oct. 12-17
2009 - Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 6-11
2008 - InterContinental Hotel, Dallas, TX, Oct. 14-19
2007 - Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, CA, Oct. 9-14
2006 - Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, CAN, Oct. 10-15
2005 - Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN, Oct. 4-9
2004 - Omni Interlocken Resort, Denver, CO, Oct. 5-9
2003 - Sheraton Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA, Oct. 7-11
2002 - Adams Mark Hotel, St. Louis, MO, Oct. 8-12
2001 - Doubletree Hotel, Portland, OR, Oct. 17-20
2000 - Fairmont Hotel, New Orleans, LA, Oct. 11-14
1999 - Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD Oct. 6-9
1998 - Hyatt Regency Hotel, Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 14-17
1997 - Clarion Plaza Hotel, Orlando, FL, Oct. 8-12
1996 - Marriott Downtown, Chicago, IL, Oct. 9-12
1995 - Cathedral Hill Hotel, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 11-14
1994 - Hyatt Regency Hotel, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 12-15
1993 - Marriot Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 8-9
1992 - Sheraton Tara Hotel, Nashua, NH, Oct. 14-17
1991 - The Village at Breckenridge, Breckenridge, CO, Oct. 4-5
1990 - Univ of Brit Col, Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN, Jun. 21-23
1989 - Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, Oct. 6-7
1988 - California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno, CA, Oct. 7-8
1987 - University of North Texas, Denton, TX, Sep. 25
1986 - Doral Inn, New York, NY, Nov. 14
1985 - Doral Inn, New York, NY, Oct. 18
1984 - Queens College, New York, NY, Sep. 21