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Attention NSW Members
A message from our new State Representative, Lucinda Mora.
8th February – Identity as a play therapist – Lucinda Mora facilitating
5th April – AutPlay – Stephanie Hayes facilitating
7th June – Group Play Therapy – Anna Charleston facilitating
9th August – Virtual reality with carers and children – Jane Rabie facilitating
11th October – RCT of sunshine circles – Kellie van Sebille facilitating
6th December – Nondirective play therapy for children on the spectrum with a cultural lens – Jacquereen Huang facilitating
Applying for APPTA Membership
APPTA wishes to advise that the following. The next membership application cut off date is the 24th March 2023 and this is the final membership submissions for the year. The next round of applications will be open in April 2023. The membership committee has a large number of applications and renewals to process this over the next couple of months, so there may be some delay in receiving your outcomes. We appreciate your patience.
This information will be upgraded monthly, allowing new or upgrading members appropriate time to place their application before the next membership committee meeting.
Please note that the volunteer membership committee can only review so many applications per month, including upgrades, renewals, and new applications.
The membership committee would also appreciate it if you could please provide all the relevant membership criteria documents with your application to prevent delays.
2021 Membership – Important Renewal Notice
- Membership fees are due on the 1st of Jan each year, members are notified about membership fees just before their expiry date to the email address you provided APPTA.
- Another email reminder is automatically sent out just before 1st March to remind members of their membership fees and if payment isn’t received by the 31st March, a late fee will apply.
- As of 2021, if member (s) still have not paid by the 31st April the unpaid member will be archived, meaning you will need to re-apply for APPTA membership again.
- If you have any concerns and need assistance please contact Deb Jones at [email protected]
APPTA and Ordinary Membership with Allied Health Professions Australia
APPTA wishes to advise that the following.
Nationally and internationally our field is going from strength to strength. It is always important to ensure that we are being ethical and professional in ensuring all graduands continue to be of high standards.
We have a duty as an association to make sure that our practises adhere to the APPTA’s Clinical Competencies and Practice Standards for Play Therapy.
The APPTA is now trying to become a full member of Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA). This indicates that we must
Make sure we uphold our high standards in terms of membership by
- Ensuring that all future graduates (those who are graduating after 2024) possess an undergraduate degree in early childhood education, mental health, or allied health.
- Until further notice, all current students who have completed the AQF level 9 in play therapy are eligible for membership through the alternative pathway.
- Any students that are unable to complete their studies with the allocated course time-frame and were enrolled before 2024, will be considered for membership on a individual basis.
This material will be updated often to give new or upcoming graduates enough time to complete the requirements for membership.
APPTA Announces New Policy – Post Disaster Response Policy
APPTA acknowledges the challenges of working within communities who have faced significant disaster events. Please read APPTA’s Post Disaster Response Policy for guidance, and share this information with anyone who would benefit.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – APPTA Advice to Members Translated
APPTA acknowledges the need for ongoing crisis information to be provided to members (and the wider community they service) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read APPTA’s Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) now translated into Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – APPTA Suggested Resources for Parents
APPTA acknowledges the need for ongoing crisis information to be provided to members (and the wider community they service) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read APPTA’s Suggested Resources for Parents in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and share the link to others who may benefit from this information.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – APPTA Advice to Members
APPTA acknowledges the need for ongoing crisis information to be provided to members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read APPTA’s Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and share the link to others who may benefit from this information.
Australian Bushfires – APPTA Advice to Members
APPTA acknowledges the need for post-disaster information to be provided to members following the recent Australian bushfires. Please read APPTA’s Response to the Australian Bushfires and share the link to others who may benefit from this information.
APPTA Accreditation of First Master Degree in Play Therapy
APPTA has completed the first accreditation of an Australian masters degree in play therapy. APPTA is pleased to announce that the Master of Child Play Therapy at Deakin University was successfully accredited. The accreditors were internationally recognised play therapists, Professor Linda Homeyer from the USA and Dr Virginia Ryan from the UK. Both of these accreditors had been involved in masters degrees in play therapy in North Texas and York, respectively.
We congratulate Deakin University.
APPTA was established in 2007 and is the peak professional body for Play Therapists in Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific Region. It was formed in order to support ‘children’, parents, and professionals involved in the field of Play Therapy. It has now grown to include self-regulation, education and practice development. Our head office is located in Victoria, Australia. Our members provide Play Therapy and related services across public and private sectors in Australia, Asia and the South Pacific.
Whilst Play Therapy is now recognised Internationally, in this region it is still being established as a profession. Parents and Service Providers are becoming increasingly aware of the value of using Play Therapy for children, and are seeking further information about specific methods and access.
This website will provide information, resources and support for parents, professionals and Play Therapists. Our not-for-profit association is committed to providing the public with information and support for Play Therapy in an informative and helpful way.
On behalf of the association I wish to thank you for visiting our site.
Jay Anderson Chair, APPTA