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!
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