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The Board of Directors of the IC-PTA consists of six national, non-profit associations. Each association has one vote and designates one to two association representatives who comprise and regularly attend Consortium Board of Director meetings and contribute to its activities. The representatives act as the liaison between the Consortium and their respective national association.

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Association for Play Therapy

APT is a national professional society established in 1982 to foster contact among mental health professionals interested in exploring and, when developmentally appropriate, applying the therapeutic power of play to communicate with and treat clients, particularly children.

Association representatives:

  • Linda E. Homeyer (PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S™)

  • Sue C. Bratton (PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S™)

  • Association for Play Therapy Facebook
  • Association for Play Therapy Instagram
  • Association for Play Therapy Twitter
  • Association for Play Therapy YouTube
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Association for Play Therapy Italy

APTI is the national reference body for Play Therapy and Therapeutic Play in Italy, with extension to Italian-speaking Switzerland, founded in 2009. Among its activities, the APTI publishes the first ever Italian-language magazine of Play Therapy (Rivista di Play Therapy).

Association representatives:

  • Isabella Cassina (MA, TPS, CAGS, PhD Candidate)

  • Claudio Mochi (MA, RP, RPT-S™, Founder of APTI)

  • Associazione Play Therapy Italia Facebook
  • Associazione Play Therapy Italia Instagram
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Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association

APPTA was founded in 2007 to establish and promote Play Therapy in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. As a self-regulatory organisation, it works to encourage the professional development of its members.

Association representatives:

  • Sarah Gentle (MA, BA, APPTA RPT-S)

  • Judi Parson (PhD, MA, BN, RN, APPTA RPT-S)


British Association of Play Therapists

BAPT aims to nurture, develop and advance the profession and application of Play Therapy in order to relieve the needs of children, young people and adults suffering emotional and behavioural difficulties by promoting the art and science of Play Therapy and promoting high standards in the practice of Play Therapy for the public benefit.

Association representatives:

  • Maggie Fearn (MA, SFHEA, ECIP, BAPT-PT, BAPT-SV)

  • Sarah Hickson (MA, BAPT-PT, BAPT Overseas Ambassador)

  • British Association of Play Therapists LinkedIn
  • British Association of Play Therapists Facebook
  • British Association of Play Therapists Twitter
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Canadian Association for Play Therapy

CAPT is the national non profit Play Therapy association in Canada and is growing members across all provinces and territories.

Association representatives:

  • Theresa Fraser (CPT-S, MA, RP, RCT, CT, Past President of CAPT)

  • Kevin St. Louis (BA, MA, President of CAPT)


Japan Association for Play Therapy

JAPT is a not for profit organization established in 2002, striving for the power of play and the benefits of play therapy to be increasingly recognized by society, by supporting various professionals working with children in Japan, through provision of play and play therapy information and training.

Association representatives:

  • Akiko J. Ohnogi (Psy.D., Co-founder of JAPT)

  • Ryoko Honda (MPS, MA, CCP, CP)

  • Japan Association for Play Therapy
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