APT Info

APT Annual Conference

Conference Overview

The Annual APT International Conference and Exposition is committed to providing graduate level training and education, fostering the exchange of ideas, and providing networking opportunities to professionals across disciplines.

Counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, graduate students, and other mental health professionals can select from over 55 educational workshops over a 6-day event offered every October.  Nearly  1000 attendees earn 35-40 hours of continuing education approved for state licensure and play therapy credentialing.

2019 Annual Conference

October 1-6, 2019
Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel Dallas, TX


The five day exposition is the marketplace to restock your playroom. With hundreds of therapeutic toys and games available under one roof, it is a must see-and-shop! Friendly vendors provide specialized knowledge and diverse product lines, including books, sandtray figures, puppets and games.

For further questions, contact Melissa Villegas at (559) 298-3400, x 3.

Upcoming Conferences

October 6-11, 2020
Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa Ranch Mirage, CA

Past Conferences

2019 – Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel Dallas, TX

2018 – Sheraton Grand Phoenix Phoenix, AZ  Oct. 3-7, 2018

2017 – Marriott City Center Hotel, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 10-15
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

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: