APT Info

APT Annual Conference


APT welcomes more than 900 counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals to the Annual APT International Conference in Minneapolis, MN, October 10-15!

Conference brochure and online registration will be available in May!

Hotel Information

Conference Location:
Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402


APT Rate:

Special hotel rate for APT Conference attendees is $169 per night (plus tax) for single/double occupancy and includes complimentary Wi-Fi in guestroom.


Reserve Online or call 1-877-303-0104. Room availability and special rates are guaranteed only until September 15, 2017, or until the space is filled. We urge you to make your hotel reservations early.

Exhibitor Information

The 2017 Exhibitor Prospectus is now available with exciting advertising and sponsorship options to help maximize your exhibit!

To reserve your booth, complete the printable application or submit the application online! Booths are assigned in the order applications and payments are received. Space is limited, don’t miss out!

For questions, contact Stephanie Carter, (559)298-3400, x3.


Upcoming Conferences

October 10-15, 2017
Marriott City Center
Minneapolis, MN

October 3-7, 2018
Sheraton Grand Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ

October 1-6, 2019
InterContinental Dallas
Dallas, TX

Past Conferences

2016 – Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY, Oct. 4-9
2015 – Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 6-11
2014 – Westin Galleria Hotel, Houston, TX, Oct. 7-12
2013 – Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA, Oct. 8-13
2012 – Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Cleveland, OH, Oct. 9-14
2011 – Sheraton Hotel & City Convention Ctr, Sacramento, CA, Oct. 11-16
2010 – Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY, Oct. 12-17
2009 – Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 6-11
2008 – InterContinental Hotel, Dallas, TX, Oct. 14-19
2007 – Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, CA, Oct. 9-14
2006 – Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, CAN, Oct. 10-15
2005 – Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN, Oct. 4-9
2004 – Omni Interlocken Resort, Denver, CO, Oct. 5-9
2003 – Sheraton Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA, Oct. 7-11
2002 – Adams Mark Hotel, St. Louis, MO, Oct. 8-12
2001 – Doubletree Hotel, Portland, OR, Oct. 17-20
2000 – Fairmont Hotel, New Orleans, LA, Oct. 11-14
1999 – Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD Oct. 6-9
1998 – Hyatt Regency Hotel, Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 14-17
1997 – Clarion Plaza Hotel, Orlando, FL, Oct. 8-12
1996 – Marriott Downtown, Chicago, IL, Oct. 9-12
1995 – Cathedral Hill Hotel, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 11-14
1994 – Hyatt Regency Hotel, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 12-15
1993 – Marriot Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 8-9
1992 – Sheraton Tara Hotel, Nashua, NH, Oct. 14-17
1991 – The Village at Breckenridge, Breckenridge, CO, Oct. 4-5
1990 – Univ of Brit Col, Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN, Jun. 21-23
1989 – Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, Oct. 6-7
1988 – California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno, CA, Oct. 7-8
1987 – University of North Texas, Denton, TX, Sep. 25
1986 – Doral Inn, New York, NY, Nov. 14
1985 – Doral Inn, New York, NY, Oct. 18
1984 – Queens College, New York, NY, Sep. 21


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The Mission & Scope of APT

The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is a national professional society established in 1982 and located in Clovis, California. It is a California mutual benefit corporation exempt from federal taxation per Section 501(c)(6) of the IRS Code.

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
Watch Play Therapy Works! a brief video introduction to the value of play, play therapy, credentialed play therapist, and membership in the Association for Play Therapy: