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Conference Overview

The Annual APT International Conference and Exposition is committed to providing post-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 60 educational workshops over a 6-day event offered every October. Nearly 1,100 attendees attend every year and have the opportunity to earn up to 40 hours of continuing education credit for licensure and play therapy credentialing purposes.


37th Annual APT International Conference Cancelled

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the 37th Annual Association for Play Therapy International Conference, scheduled to take place Oct. 1-6, 2020 in Palm Springs, California has been cancelled. This was not an easy decision, but ultimately the public health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers, and staff led us to conclude that cancelling the face-to-face meeting is the safe and responsible action.

The Annual Conference is several years in the making and we did not make this decision lightly. Thank you to our Conference Program Committee, chaired by Kara Carnes-Holt, who worked diligently to craft an exceptional and exciting program, and to the presenters who were selected to present.

We recognize cancelling the world’s largest gathering of play therapists impacts many of you and your education needs. Therefore, APT will be sponsoring a 5-day educational series, spread over a 10-week period (October thru early December). The APT 2020 Educational Series will allow us to meet the need for quality contact training hours. We look forward to sharing these virtual offerings with you! 


Upcoming Conferences

October 1-6, 2020 - CANCELLED
Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA

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

October 18-23, 2022
Sheraton Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

October 10-15, 2023
Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA


Past Conferences

2019 - Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel, Dallas, TX, Oct. 1-6, 2019
- 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