APT promotes the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists by advancing the psychosocial development and mental health of all people and sponsoring and supporting those programs, services, and related activities that promote the:
- Public understanding and appreciation of play and play therapy
- Effective practice of play therapy through research, education and training, and support
- Recognition, incorporation, and preservation of diversity in play and play therapy
- Development and maintenance of a strong professional organization that satisfies this mission
TAPT was established in 1993 as a branch of our national organization, the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Our primary purpose is to provide a forum for the discussion of play therapy ideas and concerns. We seek to promote and advance the use of sound play therapy practices, while advocating for the rights of children and their families. We accomplish our goals in several ways:
- Education & Training - Conduct, encourage, and foster educational trainings, meetings, workshops and the credentialing of registered play therapists at the local, state and national level.
- Annual Conference - Host an annual conference providing CEU hours, which includes training in ethics and supervision.
- Communication - Connect with our membership, the mental health community, and the general public through bi-annual newsletters, email, and social media by means of Facebook and Twitter.
- Research and Awards - Advance high standards of play therapy practice by supporting research through our Dan E. Homeyer Reseach Award and the Nancy Guillory Award.
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