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, 1997, p.7)
The intentional use of the therapeutic powers of play by professionals in the social, educational, rehabilitation, and health fields to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties caused by temporary critical circumstances in the child's or family's life.
(Mochi and Cassina, 2021)
Therapeutic Powers of Play
The mechanisms in play that actually produce the desired change in a client's dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors.
(Charles E. Schaefer and Mary Anne Peabody, 2016)
Registered Play Therapist™
Registered Play Therapist (RPT™) & Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S™) state licensed clinical mental health practitioners who have satisfied criteria established by the Association for Play Therapy.