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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 journal with scholarly articles about current play therapy research, case studies, theoretical applications, current practices.  Available on PsychNet, and its articles archived by APA.

Produced quarterly each January, April, July, and October.

Play Therapy Magazine

Play TherapyTM Magazine is a full-color 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.

Produced quarterly each March, June, September, and December.  

Mining Reports

An 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.

Produced quarterly each February, May, August, and November. 

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. Partially funded by GEICO.


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. 

Approved Providers and Registered Play Therapists (RPT) and Supervisors (RPT-S) must attest that they are familiar with the Best Practices document annually.



If interested in promoting your name or products as a play therapy partner, contact APT about program and event sponsorship, e.g. annual Awards of Excellence, Leadership Academy, Research studies, etc. or purchase our Mailing list.  Because we welcome creative win-win suggestions, call APT, (559) 298-3400! In its sole discretion, APT reserves the right to accept or reject any advertising submitted for publication.

For assistance, contact Melissa Villegas, (559) 298-3400 ext 3.

    © 2016 Association for Play Therapy, Inc.