International Journal of Play Therapy®
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The International Journal of Play Therapy is dedicated to publishing and disseminating reports of original research, theoretical articles, and substantive reviews of topics germane to play therapy on behalf of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals.
Earn Continuing Education Credits
You may earn continuing education (CE) credits by enrolling in the IJPT Continuing Education Program. Non-contact CE credits may be earned through the Association for Play Therapy, an APA approved sponsor of psychology Continuing Education program. This self-paced program, based on the content of IJPT, allows you to earn 1 credit per issue of the journal.
For more information, visit the Association for Play Therapy website.
Completed tests may be mailed to:
Association for Play Therapy
3198 Willow Avenue, Suite 110
Clovis, CA 93612
Franc Hudspeth, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, RPT-S
COCE, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire
Kathryn Lebby, MS, CAE, CMP
Association for Play Therapy
Editorial Advisory Board
Janet P. Logan, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S
California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California
Julie Merriman, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, CSC, RPT-S
Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas
Jennifer Pereira, PhD, LMHC-S, CCPT-S, RPT-S
Argosy University, Orange, California, and The Banyan Tree Wellness Center,, Brandon, Florida
Sarah D. Stauffer, PhD, NCC, NCSC
University of Lausanne, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
Robyn Trippany-Simmons, EdD, LPC, RPT
Walden University, Decatur, Alabama
Krystal Vaughn, PhD, LPC-S, NCC
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
Elizabeth A. Gassin, PhD, LPC
Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois
Kristin Meany-Walen, PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S
University of Northern Iowa, Gilbertville, Iowa
Debra Olson-Morrison, PhD, LCSW, RPT
Centre for Human Potential, Nelson, New Zealand
Gerra Perkins, PhD, LPC-S, NCSC, NCC, RPT
Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana
Angela Sheeley-Moore, PhD, LPC, NCC
Montclair State University, New Jersey
Amy Williams Long, PhD, LPC, RPT-S
AspenPointe Health Services, Colorado Spring, Colorado
Yvonne Garza Chaves, PhD, LMSW, LPC-S, RPT-S
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Texas State University, Canyon Lake, Texas
Eric Jett, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT-S
Henderson State University, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Heloisa Portela, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, ACS, RPT-S
North Carolina Central University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Susanne Preston-Josey, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, RPT-S
South University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Marlo Winstead, LCSW, RPT-S,
Enriching Families, LLC, Tallahassee, Florida
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Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.
The Association for Play Therapy contracts with APA to market, technically edit, publish, and distribute its semiannual, peer-reviewed International Journal of Play Therapy®.
Submit manuscripts electronically (.rtf or .doc) through the Manuscript Submission Portal.
Franc Hudspeth, PhD, RPh, LPC, NCC, ACS, RPT-S
COCE, Southern New Hampshire University
Manchester, New Hampshire
Please provide email addresses and telephone and fax numbers for use by the APA editorial office and later by the production office. Most correspondence is conducted by email. Please also provide your email address in your cover letters and keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss. Manuscripts are not returned.
Categorize your submission as one of the following options:
- Research & Theory. Theoretical, philosophical, and research articles and literature reviews. Priority is given to play therapy research manuscripts. Manuscripts, including references, must not exceed 25 pages.
- Current Practices. Articles regarding beneficial play therapy practices, current issues, and concerns related to play therapy that include theoretical underpinnings for practices and/or issues. Manuscripts, including references, must not exceed 20 pages.
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Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
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- Supporting the Mission of International Journal of Play Therapy Through Manuscripts About Play Therapy Ethics, Assessment, Supervision, and Application
Special issue of APA's International Journal of Play Therapy, Vol. 25, No. 4, October 2016. Includes articles about ethical issues relevant to play therapy; sandtray as a play therapy supervision technique; semantic clarity in play therapy; play therapy with selective mutism; problems in families faced with military deployment; and systems for analyzing story stems.
- International Journal of Play Therapy's 25th Anniversary: Play Therapy Applications With Diverse Cultures
Special issue of APA's International Journal of Play Therapy, Vol. 25, No. 3, July 2016. The articles offer evidence about how play therapy is beneficial in various cultural settings, during periods of grief, and in the aftermath of trauma.
- International Journal of Play Therapy's 25th Anniversary: Play Therapy in Schools
Special issue of APA's International Journal of Play Therapy, Vol. 25, No. 2, April 2016. Includes articles about play therapy with culturally diverse populations; students with externalizing behaviors and poor social skills; children with autism; children of immigrants; and interprofessional opportunities.
- International Journal of Play Therapy's 25th Anniversary: Integrating Neuroscience and Play Therapy
Special issue of APA's International Journal of Play Therapy, Vol. 25, No. 1, January 2016. Articles focus on neuroscience influences on optimal growth and development, interpersonal process, and therapeutic powers of play.
- Clinical Supervision in Play Therapy
Special issue of APA's International Journal of Play Therapy, Vol. 24, No. 2, April 2015. The issue includes two qualitative studies, one correlational study, and three practice-application based articles about play therapy supervision.
- The Future Direction of Play Therapy Research
Special issue of APA's International Journal of Play Therapy, Vol. 19, No. 1, January 2010. It includes two articles that provide an overview and critique of the current state of play therapy research; three other articles provide commentary.
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