Welcome to Texas Association for Play Therapy!
Letter from the President
Hello Texas Play Therapists!
I am honored and excited to serve as your president for the 2016/2017 term. I have some “big shoes” to fill from many wonderful presidents before me. With the support from each of you, and our dedicated, hardworking board, I believe this year will be amazing!
There are lots of exciting things happening in our state chapter, and our upcoming annual conference is certainly one of them. Our theme this year is Team Play. Just as Twilight had Team Edward and Team Jacob, and The Hunger Games had Team Gale and Team Peeta, TAPT has Team Play! Team Play expresses our support for play and for each other other. I believe we have the best jobs in the world, but let’s face it, not everyone gets us. Who else gets handcuffed, crowned, and painted on a regular basis? Also, our support for each other ultimately provides more support for the children and families we serve. This is the reason we do what we do… providing a safe place for children to heal through play.
Although we are all for play, we are not all the same. TAPT is made up of many individuals from diverse backgrounds, serving children with diverse backgrounds. Our next presenter will help us bridge this gap. I’m excited to announce that Dr. Phyllis Post will be presenting at our 2017 annual conference. She is a professor in the Department of Counseling at UNC Charlotte, the founder of the Multicultural Play Therapy Center, and a founding member of the North Carolina Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Post will bring her vast knowledge, excitement, and expertise in the area of multicultural play therapy to our great membership here in Texas.
I want to thank each of you for your feedback regarding our 2016 conference. We have made several changes to this year’s conference format to make room for our growing membership, including adding more space. Please save the date and make plans to register early, as we will close registration if we begin to approach capacity.
If you are not currently a member of APT, TAPT, and your local chapter, I encourage you to join Team Play in these ways. We, as a team, strive to connect, encourage, as well as offer high quality play therapy interventions for the children and families in Texas.
We look forward to seeing you April 28th-30th in Austin for our annual conference!
Rochelle Ritzi, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC
TAPT President and 2017 Conference Chair
TAPT was established in 1993 as a branch of the national organization, the Association for Play Therapy (APT). TAPT’s purpose is to promote play therapy while providing credibility to the profession. TAPT seeks to promote and advance the use of evidence-based play therapy practices, while advocating for the rights of children and their families. These goals are accomplished in the following 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.
Research and Awards – Advance evidence-based practices of play therapy by supporting research through the Dan E. Homeyer Reseach Award and the Nancy Guillory Award.
If you are not currently a member of APT, TAPT, and your local chapter, I encourage you to join our community of 700+ play therapists as we strive to provide high quality play therapy interventions for the children and families we serve.