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The Louisiana Association for Play Therapy

Welcome to Our Website!

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

2022 LAPT Annual Conference
(1/8/22) Due to the current rise in COVID LAPT has decided to postpone our 2022 Conference. Our new Conference Dates will be March 18 and 19, 2022. Join us in person at Xavier University where we will welcome our Keynote Speaker Peggy CeBallos presenting "Exploring and Enhancing Play Therapists' Multicultural and Social Justice Advocacy".

Please check back for early registration!

Call for Nominations for 2022 LAPT Awards

(12/15/21) Nominations are now being accepted for the Louisiana Association for Play Therapy Awards to be presented at the LAPT Conference in New Orleans, February 4th and 5th, 2022. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS are January 31, 2022 at 5:00 pm CST. Download the RTF text file Nomination Form here.

Call for Nominations to the 2022-2023 LAPT Board

(11/22/21) It is our pleasure to announce a call for nominations for the 2022-2023 Louisiana Association for Play Therapy board. We are taking nominations for the following position: President Elect

The term for the above position starts at the time of announcement at the annual conference and serves two year terms as president elect (then two terms as president and two terms as past president for a total of 6 years of service). Read More Here.

Changes to LAPT Bylaws
(3/29/21) Changes to the LAPT Bylaws were approved by an online vote of active members that ended on March 27, 2021. The changes highlighted in yellow were approved as shown in this PDF.

Scott Riviere Awarded the LAPT Lifetime Achievement Award
(3/20/21) Scott Riviere was awarded the Louisiana Play Therapy Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's conference in February.


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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