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Awards of Excellence
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APT promotes its values by annually presenting Awards of Excellence to those members who demonstrate such values via their outstanding achievements, contributions, and service. Nominations are accepted annually between January 1 and March 15, and presented during its Annual Conference each October.

Award Applications will be available December 2019.

Award Descriptions

APT Service Award
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) acknowledges outstanding organizational service to APT, its Foundation for Play Therapy, and/or its chartered branches that significantly develops, promotes, or advances the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists.

         2019 APT Service Award
         Mary Anne Peabody, EdD, LCSW, RPT-S
         Associate Professor, University of Southern Maine
         Brunswick, ME

Emerging Leader Service Award
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) acknowledges an emerging leader, who has been fully licensed for 10 years or less, for their outstanding organizational service to APT, its Foundation for Play Therapy, and/or its chartered branches, that significantly develops, promotes, or advances the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists.

         2019 Emerging Leader Service Award

         Rachel Altvater, PsyD, RPT-S
         Starbright Training Institute
         Baltimore, MD

President's Award - New!
For outstanding service and dedication to APT, as well as valuable contributions to its programs, committees, and publications.

         2019 President's Award

         Sarah Stauffer, PhD, LP (Switzerland), LPC, NCC, NCSC, RPT-S
         Psychologist, Association ESPAS
         Switzerland

Research Award
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) acknowledges outstanding published research that significantly develops, promotes, or advances the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists.

Student Research Award
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) acknowledges outstanding research by graduate or doctoral students that significantly develops, promotes, or advances the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists.

        2019 Student Research Award
        Joanne Wicks, PhD Candidate, RPT-S (Australia), MACA
        Australia

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) acknowledges outstanding lifetime achievement that develops, promotes, or advances the value of play, play therapy, or credentialed play therapists.

Past recipients of Lifetime Achievement Award: 2005 Garry Landreth; 2006 Charles Schaefer & Louise Guerney; 2008 Diane Frey & Violet Oaklander; 2009 Eliana Gil; 2011 John Allan; 2013 Linda Homeyer; 2014 Terry Kottman; 2015 Kevin O'Connor; 2016 Sue Bratton; 2017 Phyllis Booth