Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

The Association for Play Therapy advances play therapy, the means by which licensed mental health professionals use developmentally appropriate play-based treatments to better communicate with and help clients, particularly children.

As the Washington State Branch, we understand play is important for the development and well being of children who have a plethora of issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. We are dedicated to promoting the use of play therapy in the community to all children who could benefit from this treatment.

201-2018 President's Letter of Intention

By Annie Merriman, M.Ed. LMHC CMHS RPT

I am very excited for the upcoming year as the President of the Washington Association for Play Therapy (WAAPT). Our branch is thriving! We have maintained our Gold Branch status, an award that is reserved for distinguished state branches. We have provided members with valuable membership benefits such as newsletters, networking meetings, conferences and workshops with CEU opportunities, outreach and advocacy. Thanks to the amazing work of my predecessor Elizabeth, our branch is one of the fastest growing branches in the country.

My vision for the 2017/2018 term as president is to continue the excellent member benefits as well as continue to inform and educate the community on the powers of play. I also plan to:

    Provide a one day conference in October 2017

    Provide a two day conference in March 2018

    Increase awareness of play therapy and number of therapists on track for obtaining their RPT credential in Eastern Washington

    Increase membership and student involvement

    Increase networking opportunities

As our branch grows, your membership and involvement is important for our continued success. If you have yet to become a member or need to renew membership, please consider membership by visiting www.a4pt.org.

I look forward to the coming year!


Annie Merriman

Past Presidents

2016-2017: Elizabeth Peixoto, MS, LMHC

2015-2016: Cary M. Hamilton MA, LMHC, CMHS, RPT-S

2014-2015: Becky Rudd PhD, LMFT, LMHC, RPT-S, NCC

2013-2014: Rosie Newman, MA, LMHC, RPT

2012-2013: Sean Orpen 

2011- 2012: Amy Taylor

2010-2011: Gregory Oleson

2008-2010: Melissa Garthwaite

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