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APT Branches are chartered independent, incorporated organizations within the United States to ensure local training, advocacy, and peer contact opportunities for mental health professionals and students. Visit your APT branch website to learn about its president and scheduled play therapy continuing education programs. 


An APT member residing within the territory of a chartered branch must also be a member of that branch. In accordance with their charter agreements, each branch provides at least these annual benefits to members:
  • 4 communications annually to members
  • 5 hours of APT-approved play therapy continuing education
  • 1 public play therapy promotion
  • Peer networking opportunities
Branch Presidents: To assist with your membership efforts, you may access a current membership list or email members directly from the APT website here. For questions concerning State Branches, contact Melissa Villegas, Communications Coordinator,, 559-298-3400 ex. 3

Gold Branch Awards

Branches exhibiting superior performance are annually presented Gold Branch Awards and are identified by the Gold Branch insignia. To earn a Gold Branch Award, a branch must earn at least 100 points in these core areas between April and March:

  • Membership Growth
  • Sponsored Play Therapy Education
  • Communications (emails, newsletters, etc) to members
  • Maintain a percentage of branch members who hold the RPT, RPT-S or SB-RPT credential
  • Public Play Therapy Outreach promotions
  • Other: Active website, social media channels, award programs, networking events, and the branch leadership/business meeting at the APT Annual Conference

Congratulations 2018 Gold Branches!

Congratulations to the following branches that earned a 2018 Gold Branch Award: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Georgia-South, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland/DC, Minnesota, Missouri, New England, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Branch Logos

The public now recognizes APT and its network of chartered branch by a single uniform logo. Branch presidents, graphic artists, and other authorized personnel may choose from four (4) options to satisfy their graphic needs.