The history of MAPT

After numerous conversations among peers and colleagues, some of them stretching back to the mid-1980’s, the Missouri Association for Play Therapy (MAPT) was chartered as a member of the national Association for Play Therapy (APT) on May 1, 1993.

Play therapist Kathryn Boone wrote the very first bylaws for MAPT, and continues to serve as a role model for play therapists around the state. A scholarship, the “Kathryn Boone Outstanding Play Therapist Award” for work in a private or agency setting, is named in her honor. Since 1993, MAPT has continued to grow, both in the number of members, but also the number of services available to those members.

A major achievement in the history of MAPT happened in April of 2008, when the organization was awarded a national provider certification for continuing education for play therapists (AP Number: 08-223). MAPT now offers Annual Conferences and regional workshops statewide for play therapists wishing to receive quality play therapy training.  

Members of MAPT serve as school counselors, operate in private practices, as well as academic, institutional, public, and private settings. Their commitment to providing service to children and adolescents is second to none, and a big reason that Missouri is one of the leaders in the nation in providing these services to citizens.

Benefits of being a member of APT/MAPT

  • Subscription to the International Journal of Play Therapy®  (quarterly)
  • Quarterly Play Therapy magazine™ – complimentary subscription
  • Access to APT Member Flash – bi-weekly e-news bulletin
  • Fee discounts – reduced conference registration, credentialing, and other fees
  • Networking with others interested in Play Therapy
    • In person (In state)
    • Online through community forums

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Join MAPT Today!

Potential members can always fill out an application in person at any of our networking meetings, regional workshops or annual conference. Just ask one of our board members or area reps for assistance.