Professionals FAQ

How do I become a play therapist?

According to Association for Play Therapy, play therapists have a masters or higher mental health degree from an institution of higher learning, a mental health license/certification for clinical practice, with specific instruction and experience in play therapy. For information on University of North Texas counseling degrees contact the UNT Department of Counseling and Higher Education. For information on play therapy courses/workshops contact us.

What is a registered play therapist (RPT)?

A registered play therapist is a mental health professional with training and experience working with children and families through the use of play therapy. An RPT has met specific criteria and is registered through the Association for Play Therapy.

How do I become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT)?

Association for Play Therapy (APT) is the organization responsible for all requirements in regard to becoming an RPT. In order to become a RPT, you must meet the minimum application criteria as specified by the Association for Play Therapy, and submit your application to:

Association for Play Therapy
3198 Willow Avenue, Suite 110
Clovis, CA 93612

For current information please contact the Association for Play Therapy.

What is a registered play therapist supervisor (RPT-S)?

A registered play therapist supervisor is a registered play therapist who has extensive training and experience in play therapy, and is deemed qualified by the Association for Play Therapy to supervise a play therapist.

How can I become a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S)?

Contact the Association for Play Therapy for the most current specific requirements.

Where and when can I receive training and CEU credits in the area of play therapy?

Training opportunities in the field of play therapy are available at conferences and workshops across the United States, year-around. Several include:

Where can I purchase the toys and other materials I need for my playroom?

The various toys and materials needed to stock a play therapy room can be acquired from a wide variety of places. Supermarkets and grocery stores are great places to find items like band-aids, play-doh, plastic toy animals, and many other items. Traditional toy stores and mail order catalogs contain many good choices for play therapy rooms. Since well-worn toys are more welcoming to children (especially those who are anxious) and are conducive to an atmosphere of permissiveness in the play therapy room, search thrift stores and garage sales for gently used items such as toys and dress-up clothes, always keeping in mind with your purchases that toys should be selected and not collected (Landreth, 2002).

How should I set up my play therapy room?

For more information about setting up a play therapy room, see Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship, third edition, by Garry Landreth (2012). Chapter eight in his book describes, in detail, how to go about setting up a play therapy room.

Where can I find information about doctoral programs in play therapy?

As of September 2005, the Center for Play Therapy gave control of this project to the Association for Play Therapy and the updated online training directory can be viewed at their Play Therapy Training Directory.

The University of North Texas Counseling Program offers a PhD in Counseling with a specialty in play therapy.