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The Louisiana Association for Play Therapy

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As 2021 is moving forward we are continuing to change and evolve here at LAPT. We have modernized our website so it can be more user friendly as well as a better resource for our members. The new LAPT board will also be working on bringing more resources and workshops that reflect the diverse population of our members and the children we serve.

What is Play Therapy?

child playing with blocksPlay Therapy is "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."

Why play?

Play is a child's natural form of communication just as talking is an adult's natural way of communication. Children, even children who are quite talkative, express themselves more fully through their play. Emotions are often difficult to understand for children and even more difficult to express. Play provides a non-threatening way for children to express themselves.

News & Announcements

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2023 Conference held on March 3 -4

(3/18/23) LAPT was proud to welcome Carmen Jimenez Pride as our keynote speaker for the 2023 Annual Conference.   Full conference details can be found in the conference brochure. Conference photo have been posted the Gallery Page.

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LAPT's 2023 conference was approved for Continuing Education Hours

(1/30/23) LAPT's 2023 conference was approved for 6.0 hours per day by the Louisiana Counseling Association. The Louisiana Counseling Association is approved by the Louisiana Licensed Board of Examiners to offer continuing education clock hours. This presentation has been reviewed and approved for 6.0 CE clock hours per day for Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors.

LAPT's 2023 conference has been approved for 6 clinical continuing education contact hours per day by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners, and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.


LAPT holds an Annual Conference with Training Sessions and has other Workshops during the year.


Membership has its benefits

Become a LAPT Member!
Work with us to promote Play Therapy in Louisiana.
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We share knowledge and success stories.

We are proud to spotlight our talented play therapists from across the state of Louisiana!

President's Message

Kenneth Schmitt, LPC, NCC
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Thanks for visiting our website!

The purpose of LAPT is to advance the Practice of Play Therapy through Education, Training, and Advocacy.

Join Now!The members and officers of LAPT welcome your membership and participation in this growing organization!

LAPT believes in promoting the understanding and value of play therapy, high standards of professional and ethical practice, and advocating for our membership. Join us!

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Board of Directors Page

The Board of Directors, some of whom are pictured at right, consists of the officers who are elected at the annual meeting each year, along with the chairpersons of the various committees. See our Bylaws for a complete description.

For a list of the Board Members and their photos, visit the Board of Directors Page.

More Information

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Louisiana Association for Play Therapy
9618 Jefferson Highway, Suite D-126
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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