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Play Therapy: RPT and SB-RPT Requirements

The Association of Play Therapy is the credentialing body for Registered Play Therapists and School Based Play Therapists.  The APT has set forth the following requirements to receive the RPT and SB-RPT credentials.

Current requirements for RPT credentialing through the Association of Play Therapy:

  • Required to hold a current, active, and unconditional individual state license to independently provide clinical mental health services in one of the following general practice disciplines: counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychiatry, psychology, or social work.
  • Required to hold a master’s or higher clinical mental health degree in one of the following disciplines: counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychiatry, psychology, or social work with demonstrated coursework in: child development; theories of personality; principles of psychotherapy; child & adolescent psychopathology; and ethics.
  • Required to include documentation of at least 150 hours of play therapy specific instruction, accrued in a time period of no less than two (2) years and no more than seven (7) years from institutions of higher education or APT Approved Providers. A maximum of fifty (50) non-contact hours may be included.
  • Required to include documentation of a minimum of 350 direct client contact hours, under the supervision of a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) with a minimum of 35 hours of supervision.
  • Play therapy instruction, direct client contact using play therapy skills, and play therapy supervision occur simultaneously during the training period of two to seven years.

Current requirements for SB-RPT credentialing through the Association of Play Therapy:

  • Current and active individual state license or certificate from the State Department of Education to independently practice as a school counselor or school psychologist.
  • Master’s or higher mental health degree with demonstrated coursework in child development, theories of personality, principles of psychotherapy, child & adolescent psychopathology, and ethics. APT will preview your transcripts for a fee.
  • Clinical experience required by the State Department of Education school counselor or school psychologist license/certification, — plus Two (2) years of continuous work in school setting post licensure/certification.
  • 150 hours of play therapy specific instruction from institutions of higher education or APT Approved Providers (limit 50 non-contact hours).
  • Applicant for the SB-RPT must be supervised by an RPT-S for a period of no less than one (1) school year during which the applicant documents a minimum of 600 direct client contact hours utilizing play therapy plus 50 hours of simultaneous play therapy supervision. Supervisors providing 10 or more hours of supervision must observe at least one (1) play therapy session during supervision.
  • A maximum of 25 hours of the 50 hours of supervision may be in a group setting.
  • These supervised hours must be completed during or after the applicant earned his/her Master’s degree.
  • Annual Renewal: Current and active individual state license or certificate from the State Department of Education to independently practice as a school counselor or school psychologist.
  • CE Renewal Cycle: 18 hours of play therapy specific instruction from institutions of higher education or APT Approved Providers every 36 months. Plus, three (3) hours of training on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) or diagnosis/psychopathology.
For more information about credentialing visit   www.a4pt.org