About APTA

Founded in 1990, APTA is an incorporated non-profit organization that seeks to bring together individuals who understand and utilize play as a natural medium of expression and healing for children. Play therapy techniques include fantasy, art, sandplay, music, story telling, drama, etc. Membership includes those currently using these techniques in their therapeutic work with children and adults, as well as those beginning to explore these modalities. APTA is interdisciplinary and eclectic in orientation, serving professionals in a variety of work settings. From its modest beginning, APTA continues to coordinate Workshop-based Training Events with exceptional leaders and practitioners these therapeutic modalities.


To represent and uphold the standards and goals of professional child counselling and play therapy.

To facilitate continuing education opportunities and enhance the expertise of individual and child counsellors and play therapists.

To encourage networking among those interested in the field of child counselling and play therapy.