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New Mexico APT started their branch of APT in 2000 and became incorporated by 2002. 


NMAPT promotes the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists by advancing the psychosocial development and mental health of all people and sponsoring and supporting those programs, services, and related activities that promote the:

  • Public understanding and appreciation of play and play therapy

  • Effective practice of play therapy through research, education and training, and support

  • Recognition, incorporation, and preservation of diversity in play and play therapy

  • Development and maintenance of a strong professional organization that satisfies this mission

Definition of Play Therapy

APT defines play therapy as "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."

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