Letter from the President:
I am so excited and humbled to serve as the Texas Association for Play Therapy board president during this 20th anniversary year. 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 and workshops for the credentialing of registered play therapists at the local, state and national level.
- Annual Conference – Host an annual conference providing play therapy CEU hours, to include 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.
I personally invite you to attend the annual conference as it is a wonderful opportunity to network with other mental health professionals interested in play therapy and learn from some of the most prestigious leaders in the field of play therapy. You can view the exciting opportunities available at the conference and register by clicking the conference tab above. I look forward to meeting you in Austin April 19th – 21st!
Julie Merriman, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, CSC