apt & gapt

Members periodically ask about the relationship between gAPT and aPT. the purpose of this page is to provide information and links that will explain the relationship and the mission that both organizations endeavor to fulfill.

gAPT is the Georgia branch of the association for play therapy. it is a separate legal non-profit corporation which endeavors to promote play therapy in Georgia. aPT is a national organization devoted To promoting play therapy around the world. we work together while representing different geographical bases.


(Georgia association for play therapy inc)


(association for play therapy inc)

mission statement

to organize activities and ongoing educational opportunities for play therapy and other mental health professionals and to provide further opportunities for professional registration, continuing education, and networking; to establish positive rapport between the public and professional communities; to create awareness of the value of play as a therapeutic process.


in july 1993 Trudy post Sprunk and ginger pogue met at a play therapy training institute at fairleigh dickinson university. after some discussion, they agreed to form a Georgia play therapy organization which would obtain branch status with aPT.

it was in april, 1995 that they scheduled the organizational meeting of what would become gAPT. the organizing members present were millie dawson-hardy, david drake, barbara fisher, jayne smith, janice turber and sharon wilson in addition to ginger and trudy.

during the following six months the paperwork process was completed and gAPT became a branch of aPT on October 14, 1995.  incorporation was completed on October 30 and the internal revenue service granted gAPT tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the tax code shortly thereafter.

with the paperwork completed, the board turned to the main purpose of the organization; education about play therapy for professionals, parents, and the general public. the first of many workshops, conferences, seminars, and other play therapy events was held in September 1996. gAPT achieved gold branch status in 2001.

in 1999 aPT adopted the practice of  dual membership.  this means that persons who belong to GAPT also belong to APT. 

for information about GAPT'S coming play therapy events click here to join aPT/GAPT click



Mission  Statement

To promote the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists.

To satisfy this mission, the Association for Play Therapy will advance the psychosocial development and mental health of all people by providing and supporting those programs, services, and related activities that promote the:


Understanding and valuing of play and play therapy.


Effective practice of play therapy through education, training, and research.


Recognition, incorporation, and preservation of diversity in play therapy.


Development and maintenance of a strong professional organization to accomplish these objectives.


Envisioned by Charles Schaefer, PhD, he and Kevin O'Connor, PhD, co-founded the Association for Play Therapy in 1982 in New York to provide a forum for professionals interested in developing a distinct group of interventions that use play as an integral component of the therapeutic process for children in need.

Milestones: 1982 - Garry Landreth, EdD, Louise Guerney, PhD, and John Allan, PhD, join Schaefer and O'Connor as initial board members. O'Connor administers daily operations and creates the APT Newsletter for initial members (or subscribers).

APT was established to promote the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists.

oday its research, training and credentialing, and promotional programs benefit nearly 5,000 member psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage & family therapists, and other mental health professionals throughout the United States and 25 other nations!  to learn more about APT'S history, call 559-294-2128


To Read GAPT'S By-Laws Click


To Read APT'S By-Laws contact them at 559-294-2128.


becoming a registered play therapist (rPT) or a registered play therapy supervisor (rPT&S) is a process involving academic and clinical requirements. to obtain details regarding the requirements, contact APT at 559-294-2128

to visit the aPT bookstore for a large selection of books and videos Call APT AT 559-294-2128.


to learn about the benefits of membership in APT/GAPT and to find the forms to join call aPT At 559-294-2128

APT has established a relationship with an insurance carrier to provide professional liability insurance. to learn about it click here


to learn the dues structure of APT/GAPT cal aPT at 559-294-2128

for information about aPT's annual conference call APT at 559-294-2128



to learn about APT'S distance learning program click here

to see the APT video About play therapy click here. GAPT Also has a video on our home page. scroll down a short bit.


to obtain information about APT'S research and practices click here

you can also read the paper on touch click here.

to read the Meta-analytic literature review click here.