What is the Alaska Association for Play Therapy?
We are a branch of the National Association for Play Therapy
The Association for Play Therapy is the governing body for each independent state branch. They provide promotion, oversight, credentialing, training opportunities, and research for the play therapy field. The Association for Play Therapy develops best practices and commits to the ethics and guidelines of each licensing board. For more information click here. They can be reached at:
Association for Play Therapy, Inc.
401 Clovis Avenue, Suite 107
Clovis, CA 93612
Phone: 559.298.3400 Fax: 559.298.3410
Web address: www.a4pt.org
What is Play Therapy?
Child play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of the child – play. Licensed mental health professionals therapeutically use play to help their clients, most often children ages three to 12 years, to better express themselves and resolve their problems. Toys help the child create distance from issues, memories, and stories that may be difficult for them.
Play Therapy works best when a safe relationship is created between the therapist and client, one in which the latter may freely and naturally express both what pleases and bothers them.
Mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, and private practitioners have utilized Play Therapy as a primary intervention or as supportive therapy for:
Behavioral problems, such as anger management, grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, and crisis and trauma.
Behavioral disorders, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), autism or pervasive developmental, academic and social developmental, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders.
Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process. For more information on play therapy including research citations, we invite you to explore this link from APT.