James Madison University

About Us

The Virginia Association for Play Therapy (VAPT) is a branch of the national Association for Play Therapy. VAPT was established in 1996 with 20 signatures from advocates of play therapy from around the state. We have grown to over 200 member and eleven chapters. The mission of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy and the Association for Play Therapy is to promote the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists. To satisfy this mission, the VAPT will advance the psychosocial development and mental health of all people by sponsoring and supporting those programs, services, and related activities that promote:

  • 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.

The purpose of the VAPT is to provide a forum for the discussion of play therapy ideas and concerns. The objectives of the VAPT are to:

  • Seek to advance the discipline of play therapy;
  • Conduct and foster programs of education in the field of play therapy and provide on-going professional development to its members;
  • Promote sound play therapy practices in the interest of society and the individual;
  • Advance high standards of professional practice and conduct by conducting educational and professional meetings and conferences;
  • Inform and educate the general public and the mental health community about the theory and practice of play therapy;
  • Establish contacts with various organizations for support and educational pursuits; and
  • Advocate for the rights of children, their families, and significant others.