Association for Play Therapy
Play Therapy Works!
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is a national professional society founded in 1982 to promote the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists. APT defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.” Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps the child to address and resolve their own issues, at their own pace, using their own innate language – play. APT welcomes the opportunity to be a resource for you and the children and families you serve. With over 6,500 members and more than 3,000 credentialed play therapists across the country, APT is the most widely-known and reputable play therapy organization, dedicated to promoting the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all people, especially children.