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MIAPT is a nonprofit professional organization established to promote the principles and practice of play therapy and to enhance the professional development of its members. MIAPT is a State Branch of the Association for Play Therapy (APT).

Our Mission

The mission of MIAPT is to educate, support, and advocate the practice of play therapy.

Our Goals

MIAPT has several broad goals as a professional organization. These goals are to:

  • Educate mental health providers, insurance suppliers, physicians, attorneys, judges and the public about play therapy and that play therapy is often the most viable treatment option for children and adolescents.
  • Engage mental health practitioners in extensive play therapy training and supervision.
  • Provide our child clients and their families with the best evidence-based and practice-based evidence for assessment and treatment interventions to promote healing and health.

As a branch of APT, we uphold the APT Diversity Statement, which reads: “APT is committed to achieving and maintaining a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We are at our best when the principles of DEI are fully embedded in our governance, leadership, and organizational policies.  Our unwavering goal is to generate programs and processes resulting in meaningful and sustainable organizational change toward DEI.”

Upcoming events


Play is the child's language and are the child's words!

  • Looking for a Registered Play TherapistTM? We invite you to search the Association for Play Therapy Find a Play Therapist directory. 

  • Want to learn more about becoming a Registered Play TherapistTM? Visit APT’s Credentialing Homepage today! 

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Become a member

  • Interested in joining APT and the Michigan Association for Play Therapy? We invite you to review a list of Member Benefits, then Join APT!

  • Members of APT may access the Members search feature by signing in at


You may contact any board member via email.

Abby Rainey, LMSW-C, Registered Play Therapist™

Vice President
Jacqueline Scherer, LMSW, Registered Play Therapist™

Doug Gardner, LMSW, Registered Play Therapist

Rebecca Nelson, LMSW

Past President
Diana Steketee, LLP, Registered Play Therapist

Director of Membership

Kristie Clark, LPC, NCC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™

Director of Play Therapy Networking & Community Outreach
Dawn Waters, LPC, NCC, Registered Play Therapist

Director of Training

Sabrina Slagter, LPC, Registered Play Therapist™


State Conference Co-Chairs

Robin Bell, MSW, LMSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Abby DuPree, LMSW, Registered Play Therapist

CEU Coordinator
Ruth Lendt, LMSW

West Regional Workshop Coordinator

Sabrina Slagter, MA, LPC, Registered Play Therapist

2020 Raybrook Avenue, S.E., Suite 305 | Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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