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Coronavirus Disease 2019

Information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread, leaving concern and worry in its wake, we offer this page as a resource for members, registrants, and the play therapy community at large.  Of particular importance, our information on methods and tips to keep your playroom clean is a must.

APT looks to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Johns Hopkins University for current information on prevention, symptoms, treatment, and next steps.  For your convenience, APT shares the following resources with you from expert play therapists to their member colleagues, practitioner information regarding telehealth, resources for parents, and general information regarding the pandemic. These are meant to augment your information regarding the COVID-19 and is not an exhaustive list on this topic nor should it be as a substitution for advice provided directly by the CDC, WHO, or your medical doctor.

Returning to the Playroom

As businesses reopen and members navigate the new environment of their mental health practices, our partners at TRMS are providing trusted, current content on their COVID-19 Resource Page for practitioners trying to adapt to the new normal. You will find articles providing guidance on reopening your practice, risk management considerations, sample consent forms, and more.

TRMS has also created a resource specific to play therapists, Reopening Your Practice In The Wake of COVID-19: Risk Management Considerations For Play Therapists. Multiple formats are available:

Additional resources on returning to work:

Information for Play Therapists from Experts in the Field
  • A video by Dr. Garry Landreth explains why the presence of a therapeutic relationship in children's lives is more important than ever during this challenging and distressing time, and how we can teach parents to provide that kind of relationship and emotional support to their children.
  • Dr. Sue Bratton shares CPRT guidelines, resources, and handouts based on Filial Therapy and taken from the Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual to assist play therapists as they Provide Emotional Support to Play Therapy Clients ViaTelehealth with Working with Parents.
  • Special Play Time Resources for Parents include a video demonstration and handout.
  • Jerry Bergosh demonstrates how to clean your sand and sand tray.
Telehealth Resources

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread across our nation, play therapists are turning to technology as an avenue for service delivery that is consistent with state and federal orders for social distancing AND compliant with HIPPA/ethical mandates.

Our partners at TRMS have created the following resource: Telehealth Practice: Risk Management and Liability Considerations For Play Therapists. Accessible in the following formats:

Additional resources on Telehealth:

Resources for Graduate Students

Additional Resources
American Psychological Association (APA)
HealthyChildren.Org