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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.

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

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With MIAPT, participants receive membership in an outstanding professional organization, informative newsletters, training brochures, regional networking opportunities, and reduced registration rates for workshops and conferences.


You may contact any board member via email at mymiapt@gmail.com 

Jason Clanton, MA, LLP, Registered Play Therapist

Past President
Shana Bombrys, MSW, LMSW, CADC, ADS, Registered Play Therapist

President Elect
Laura Hutchison, PsyD, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Ann Bixler, LLP, Registered Play Therapist

Gayla Ignacio, MA, LPC, Registered Play Therapist

Christina Collins, LLPC, NCC

Sabrina Slagter, MA, LPC, Registered Play Therapist


State Conference Chair
Abby DuPree, LMSW, Registered Play Therapist

CEU Coordinator
Ruth Lendt, LMSW, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

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

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