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Conference Overview

We look forward to welcoming you to Dallas!

The 36th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas on October 1 - 6, 2019. With 77 workshops and up to 41 hours of continuing education available, there is something for everyone during the six-day conference.

This year's highlights include:

  • Keynote by Steve Gross, MSW, Founder and Chief Playmaker of the Life is Good Kids Foundation: The Power of Optimism: Helping Play Therapists See the Best in Themselves, Their Clients and Their World
  • 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, and the APT After Party!
Register by June 30, 2019 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 $579, purchase a "Conference Pass" which includes the registration fee plus workshop fees for all six days! But hurry, this special discounted rate expires June 30, 2019.

View the conference website, 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

Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel
15201 Dallas Parkway
Addison, TX 75001, (972) 386-6000

Guest Room Rate: $189 plus tax for single/double (includes free Wi-Fi in guest rooms)
Reservations: Reserve online or call (800) 489-0793. Room availability and special rates are available until September 5, 2019, or until the space is filled. We urge you to make your hotel reservations early.

Exhibitor Information

The 2019 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 Presentation

The 2019 Conference Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present a poster at the 36th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference in Dallas, Texas. The poster session will be on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Review the criteria then submit your poster proposal by the June 30, 2019 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, 2019 - submit your application today!


Upcoming Conferences

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

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

October 12-17, 2021
Little Rock Marriott, Little Rock, AR


Past Conferences

2018 - Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 3-7, 2018
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