APTA Membership

The Australian Play Therapists Association offers four membership categories to reflect the expanding interest in play therapy. Each membership category reflects the qualifications and professional status of members.
 
 

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP FOR ALL MEMBERS

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BELONG to a professional association.

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EMAILS AND NEWSLETTERS to keep you informed of training and developments in Play Therapy.

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NETWORKING opportunities with Play Therapists and individuals and organisations with an interest in Play Therapy.

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OPPORTUNITY to actively participate in APTA and to further contribute to the advancement of the field of Play Therapy in the community.

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VOTING rights for Clinical Members, Provisional Clinical Members and Associate Members at APTA meetings and eligibility for membership on the APTA committee. (Please note – Affiliate Members do not have voting rights and are ineligible for membership on the APTA committee)

Affiliate Member

  • Membership available for those with an interest in Play Therapy

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Associate Member

  • Membership available to those with a mental health qualification

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Provisional Clinical Member

  • Membership which recognises your training specific to Play Therapy and progression towards Clinical Membership

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International Professional Member

  • Membership available to those with a mental health qualification

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Clinical Member and Registered Play Therapist

  • Membership which recognises your skills and experience as a Play Therapist

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Affiliate Member

 

Membership Summary

APTA welcomes the participation and support of all people interested in play therapy as an Affiliate member. Affiliate members may include students, allied health and non-mental health professionals, teachers, parents and individuals with an interest in Play Therapy.

Affiliate membership is a category of membership for those who have an interest in play therapy and want affiliation with APTA but who do not meet the requirements for Clinical or Associate Member. The combined participation of all of our members strengthens the continued development and professional recognition of play therapy.

Affiliate members may not use any APTA post nominals or logo to advertise. Members of this category are exempt from APTA voting rights and are not eligible to be on the APTA committee.

 

Eligibility Requirements

All interested parties are invited to become an Affiliate Member
 

Costs

$75/Year
  • Benefits of Membership

  • BELONG to a professional association.
  • EMAILS AND NEWSLETTERS to keep you informed of training and developments in Play Therapy.
  • NETWORKING opportunities with Play Therapists and individuals and organisations with an interest in Play Therapy.
  • OPPORTUNITY to actively participate in APTA and to further contribute to the advancement of the field of Play Therapy in the community.
  • Initial Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)

  • $75 per year on acceptance of Provisional Clinical Member Application
  • Membership fees are set according to the category application. Membership will run for (1) year from the date the application is approved.
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  • Download Renewal Form
Download Application Form

Associate Member

 

Membership Summary

APTA welcomes the participation and support of mental health professionals with an interest in Play Therapy to join as an Associate member. Associate membership is for members who have qualifications that do not meet the Play Therapy specific criteria of the Clinical Member & APTA Registered Play Therapist Category.

Associate members may be working towards Clinical Membership. The combined participation of all of our members strengthens the continued development and professional recognition of play therapy.

Associate members may not use any APTA post nominals or logo to advertise. Members of this category have APTA voting rights and are eligible to be on the APTA committee.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet minimum requirements relating to:

  • Mental Health Professional Qualification
  • Full details are available for download.
     

    Costs

    $85/Year
    • Benefits of Membership

    • BELONG to a professional association.
    • EMAILS AND NEWSLETTERS to keep you informed of training and developments in Play Therapy.
    • NETWORKING opportunities with Play Therapists and individuals and organisations with an interest in Play Therapy.
    • OPPORTUNITY to actively participate in APTA and to further contribute to the advancement of the field of Play Therapy in the community.
    • VOTING rights at APTA meetings and eligibility for membership on the APTA committee
    • Initial Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)

    • $85 per year on acceptance of Provisional Clinical Member Application
    • Membership fees are set according to the category application. Membership will run for (1) year from the date the application is approved.
    •  
    • Download Renewal Form
    Download Application Form

    Provisional Clinical Member

     

    Membership Summary

    As an APTA Provisional Clinical Member you are recognised for the training skills you have specific to Play Therapy as a qualified Mental Health professional. You are also demonstrating to employers, professional colleagues, parents, clients and carers that you abide by the professional standards and Best Practice Guidelines in play therapy required by APTA and are progressing toward completion of your Clinical Membership and registration as a APTA Play Therapist.
     

    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must meet minimum requirements relating to:

  • Professional Qualifications
  • Ethics
  • Play Therapy Clinical Supervision
  • Liability Insurance
  • Working with Children & National Police Checks
  • Full details are available for download.
     

    Costs

    $125/Year
    • Benefits of Membership

    • VOTING RIGHTS at APTA meetings and eligibility for membership on the APTA committee.
    • DISPLAY APTA’s logo on advertising material as a Provisional Clinical Member
    • BELONG to a professional association.
    • EMAILS AND NEWSLETTERS to keep you informed of training and developments in Play Therapy.
    • NETWORKING opportunities with Play Therapists and individuals and organisations with an interest in Play Therapy.
    • OPPORTUNITY to actively participate in APTA and to further contribute to the advancement of the field of Play Therapy in the community.
    • Initial Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)

    • $125 per year on acceptance of Provisional Clinical Member Application
    • Membership fees are set according to the category application. Membership will run for (1) year from the date the application is approved.
    •  
    • Download Renewal Form
    Download Application Form

    International Professional Member

     

    Membership Summary

    As an APTA International Professional Member you are recognised for the training skills you have specific to Play Therapy as a qualified Mental Health professional. You are also demonstrating to employers, professional colleagues, parents, clients and carers that you abide by the professional standards and Best Practice Guidelines in play therapy required by APTA and are progressing toward completion of your Clinical Membership and registration as a APTA Play Therapist.
     

    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must meet minimum requirements relating to:

  • Professional Qualifications
  • Ethics
  • Play Therapy Clinical Supervision
  • Liability Insurance
  • Working with Children & National Police Checks
  • Full details are available for download.
     

    Costs

    $175/Year
    • Benefits of Membership

    • VOTING RIGHTS at APTA meetings and eligibility for membership on the APTA committee.
    • DISPLAY APTA’s logo on advertising material as a Provisional Clinical Member
    • BELONG to a professional association.
    • EMAILS AND NEWSLETTERS to keep you informed of training and developments in Play Therapy.
    • NETWORKING opportunities with Play Therapists and individuals and organisations with an interest in Play Therapy.
    • OPPORTUNITY to actively participate in APTA and to further contribute to the advancement of the field of Play Therapy in the community.
    • Initial Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)

    • $175 per year on acceptance of Provisional Clinical Member Application
    • Membership fees are set according to the category application. Membership will run for (1) year from the date the application is approved.
    •  
    • Download Renewal Form
    Download Application Form

    Clinical Member & Registered Play Therapist

     

    Membership Summary

    As an APTA Clinical Member & APTA Registered Play Therapist you are recognised for the skills, expertise and experience you have as a practicing specialist Play Therapist and Mental Health professional. This demonstrates to employers, professional colleagues, parents, clients and carers that an individual play therapist and mental health professional has achieved the professional standard for practice in play therapy as required by APTA. Clinical Member applicants must agree to abide by the APTA Best Practices Guidelines and are subject to the Complaints Procedure of their mental health professional association.

    *The Australian Play Therapists Association confers the designation of Australian Play Therapists Association Registered Play Therapist (APTA-RPT) to individuals who have provided APTA with documentation that they have: a) a mental health qualification; b) are a member of a mental health professional association and/or registered with appropriate registration board at the level required by APTA c) completed a minimum number of hours of play therapy clinical experience and supervision; d) completed a minimum number of hours of play therapy training; e) personal therapy. The designation as an APTA-RPT does not certify, imply, or affirm the knowledge or competency of such individual but only confirms that the education and training requirements identified herein have been satisfied.
     

    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must meet minimum requirements relating to:

  • Professional Qualifications
  • Ethics
  • Play Therapy Clinical Supervision
  • Liability Insurance
  • Working with Children & National Police Checks
  • Full details are available for download.
     

    Costs

    $175/Year
    • Benefits of Membership

    • Advertise their membership status with the post nominals Australian Play Therapists Association Registered Play Therapist (APTA-RPT).
    • Advertise as a Clinical Member of the Australian Play Therapists Association.
    • Listing on the APTA Register of Play Therapists “Where to Find a Registered Play Therapist” indicating you have met the professional standards, clinical experience and maintain ongoing professional development to work as an APTA Registered Play Therapist.
    • Advertising of your professional details on the APTA “Where to find a Registered Play Therapist” webpage.
    • Voting rights at APTA meetings and eligibility for membership on the APTA committee.
    • Display APTA’s logo on advertising material.
    • Initial Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)

    • $175 per year on acceptance of Clinical Member Application
    • Membership fees are set according to the category application. Membership will run for (1) year from the date the application is approved.
    • Download Renewal Form
    Download Application Form