Stay Tuned! National Play Therapy Week is coming SOON!
We will be having some fun connections on pur Facebook page, as well as a training opportunity on the morning of Friday, Feb. 12! Mark your calendars! Save the date!
If you are new to play therapy, TNAPT offers a 6.0 continuing education foundational training to get you started! "Getting Started in Play Therapy: Foundations & 'Fun'damentals" is offered on a recurring basis as often as needed and can also be brought on-site as well. Please go to the "New to Play Therapy" page for more info. We have now expanded this training by offering this virtually due to COVID-19. Foundational training is a necessary component if you are working towards your RPT/RPT-S/SB- RPT. Next date: Thursday, Feb 25 and Fri, Feb 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. central times. More info on the "New to play Therapy?" page.
We are also continuing our "Getting Started in Sandtray in Play Therapy." This training has been much requested by members and we are glad to continue to offer it virtually as the second part of our Getting Started series of trainings. Our next date is TBA. Just email us your interest for our wait list. Our last one was held Friday, January 8 over Zoom! More info on the Conference/Cont. Ed. page.
Contact Jamie Langley at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information for any of these trainings.
Need play therapy supervision? Go to our RPT-S page and you will see over 30 current RPT-S providers of supervision in Tennessee. Please go to www.a4pt for an updated list of new RPT/S's in our state and all over!
Want more opportunities for virtual trainings? Please email Jamie with any suggestions, requests or ideas! We want to hear from you!
TNAPT is an APT-approved provider for play therapy continuing education, provider no 03-138.
For more info about TNAPT, including our upcoming trainings:
Contact: Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, RPT-S
e-contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org or
The Tennessee Association for Play Therapy (TNAPT) was formed in 1993 as a branch of the Association for Play Therapy. Our goal then and now remains the same: to promote play therapy by providing information, networking and workshops. It is our hope that this website can provide updated information to assist this goal. We also have a Facebook group where information is shared more often on a recurrent basis.
Play Therapy is the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development. (Association for Play Therapy)
Why play? Play is a child's natural form of communication as they express themselves more fully with their play.
The quote about play below is by the late Dr. Charles Schaefer (1933-2020), known both affectionately and admirably as the "Father of Play Therapy." Dr. Schaefer wrote or edited more than 80 books on play therapy. He co-founded the Association for Play Therapy (APT) in 1992 with Dr. Kevin O'Connor. In 1993 he first identified the Therapeutic Powers of Play as the change agents for healing. Updating these in 2014 with Dr. Athena Drewes, these Therapeutic Powers of Play are the cornerstones of the foundation of play therapy. We are forever indebted to his contributions to our field. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. His legacy continues in each one of us and with every child we help along the way through their language of play.