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Member Publications

The Association for Play Therapy (APT) provides official publications to its membership, in the form of:

International Journal of Play Therapy®
The International Journal of Play Therapy® is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal with scholarly articles about current play therapy research, case studies, theoretical applications, and current practices. Available on PsychNet, and its articles archived by APA.

Play Therapy™ Magazine
Play TherapyTM  Magazine is a full-color, quarterly publication offering important information about clinical and professional best practices, experiential and research-based play therapy applications, association program news, member recognition's, play therapy book reviews and other features for both mental health professionals and the general public. Articles archived online for two years.

Mining Reports
An quarterly electronic publication or Mining Report, to alert play therapists about current or emerging mental health trends, cutting-edge best practices, and other wisdom. Recent multi-disciplinary publications (intelligence) are scanned (mined) and citations reported to assist those who teach, practice, and supervise play therapy.

APT Play Today
A weekly electronic newsletter to alert and inform members about association news, service and recognition opportunities, and upcoming deadlines.

Why Play Therapy? Brochure
A brochure to explain the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists to the public. Useful for parents, teachers and other mental health professionals. Brochures are available in packages of 25 in both English and Spanish via APT Store.

Disaster Activity Book for Kids - FREE Download
Too Much Weather is an activity book to help children cope with natural disasters such as hurricanes.  The activities for this book were created by Drs. Anne Stewart and Danielle Budash, both Registered Play Therapist - Supervisors and faculty in the Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University.


Research & Practice

APT encourages play therapy research that demonstrates the value and effectiveness of play and play therapy, increases play therapy knowledge or improves play therapy techniques, and supports evidence-based play therapy practices.

Play Therapy Best Practices
APT endorses Play Therapy Best Practices and offers a Paper on Touch to assist play therapy practitioners, supervisors, and instructors. Both documents are updated on a triannual basis by the APT Ethics Committee.

Also available:  Ethical Considerations for Implementing Telemental Health in Play Therapy: A Reflective Exercise for Play Therapists Based on the Association for Play Therapy's Best Practice Guidelines.

Seminal & Historically Significant Play Therapy Theories

Understanding and articulating the therapeutic powers of play, and overlaying clinical theories and practical approaches is foundational to solid play therapy practice. In the September 2019 Issue of Play TherapyTM Magazine, APT featured seminal and historically significant play therapy theories that drive play therapy practice. These play therapy theory articles are now available to share with your students, supervisees, or as a reference in your next research!