Links & Resources


What's New: Therapist's Bag of Tricks

Becoming a Play Therapist

Professional Qualifications & Professional Organizations

Setting up a therapeutic playspace

Resource/information networks


Therapeutic Resources by Topic

Childhood Traumatic Experience - What is Child Traumatic Stress?

Expressive Arts Therapies

Sand Tray 

Animal Assisted Therapy 

Storytelling and Narrative Therapy 

Trauma-Focused CBT 

Childhood Exposure to Family Violence 

Measurement tools


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Featured Tips and Techniques


Materials from Past APTA Events

Spring Conference 2014: Alison Hendricks, Introducing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavoural Therapy, Calgary AB

Supportive materials highlighted at the APTA Spring Conference 2014 - TF-CBT (PDF)


Highlighted Websites

APTA on Facebook


Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy

Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute (RMPTI)

Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA)

Bruce Perry and the Child Trauma Academy

Centre For Expressive Therapy

Liana Lowenstein Original Therapeutic Resources

Play Therapy International

Child Therapy Toys

Guide to Activities for Child Therapy Sessions (Regis College) Many useful links.




Play is more than just fun

Stuart Brown, Play researcher, psychiatrist

Serious Play 2008 · 26:42 · Filmed May 2008

Stuart Brown's research shows play is not just joyful and energizing — it's deeply involved with human development and intelligence. Through the National Institute for Play, he's working to better understand its significance.

Why you should listen  Dr. Stuart Brown came to research play through research on murderers -- unlikely as that seems -- after he found a stunning common thread in killers' stories: lack of play in childhood. Since then, he's interviewed thousands of people to catalog their relationships with play, noting a strong correlation between success and playful activity.

His book Play describes the impact play can have on one's life.   With the support of the National Geographic Society and Jane Goodall, he has observed animal play in the wild, where he first concieved of play as an evolved behavior important for the well being -- and survival -- of animals, especially those of higher intelligence. Now, through his organization, the National Institute for Play, he hopes to expand the study of human play into a vital science -- and help people everywhere enjoy and participate in play throughout life.  Read more at


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