March, 2018     Vol. 24  #3

Playnotes From Trudy

4893 LaVista Road, Tucker  30084

1.  PARIS GOODYEAR BROWN presented for two days at GAPT’s annual business meeting and conference.  Her presentations were well received by our attendees who gave only high marks.  Both days were sold out and each day had a wait list. 

2.  DR. JOANNA WHITE won the first GAPT Lifetime Achievement Award for her 20+ years of research, teaching, and supervising in her quest to promote play therapy.  


 3.  The networking event was great fun!  Attendees worked in pairs as they wrote and shared humorous play therapy experiences.  Rebekka Wang and Rose Acquavella won the book Creative Family Therapy Techniques.  Congratulations and thanks to all who participated.


4.   GARRY LANDRETH has agreed to present for two days at our next GAPT annual business meeting and conference in early March 8 & 9, 2019.  As happened this year, we expect to reach maximum capacity early so mark your calendars!

5.  Thank you to the five play therapist who donated the Folkmanis puppets, Mickey and Minnie Mouse stuff puppets, toys, and the book A Safe Circle for Little U to our Jamaican attendees.  Your kindness will never be forgotten!

6.   We need volunteers to represent GAPT and play therapy at the Atlanta Kid’s Expo on 4/28/18 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.  This is a great opportunity to meet families and promote your business as you promote play therapy.

7.  GOOD NEWS, GAPT earneed Gold Branch Status once again

8.  We suggest that you check the Future Events page on our website periodically

so you can monitor new upcoming Play Therapy workshops and events as they are added.

9.  Be sure to follow GAPT on Facebook.  

Our Vice President, Beth Palumbo, has established and is maintaining the page.  If you have any ideas or questions about it you can contact Beth at:

10.  Job Postings Currently Available  Please check the "For Therapists" tab on the menu bar


11.  Thanks to our Committee Chairs for their ongoing dedication to GAPT.  They are as follows:

  • Community Outreach Chair: Catherine Meiburg
  • Job Posting Chair: Yolanda Fountain
  • IT/Website Chair: Brent Sweitzer
  • Membership Chair: Shannon Eller
  • Conference Co-Chairs: Trudy Post Sprunk and Cindy Oliver

With regard to committee work, GAPT follows APT'S policy of deleting from committees those members who do not participate and/or are non-responsive to committee chairs.

12.  Interested in a List Serve?

Check on the APT website.  You will need your APT password information.

13.  Are you on our E-MAIL database? 

If you are unsure, or if your email address has changed, please contact Patrick Connors at:

14.  If you are a GAPT member, an APT approved provider, and the presenter, you may list your upcoming workshop on the Future Events page of the GAPT website.

Please Email the relevant information to Patrick Connors at
Relevant information includes the following:  Date, topic, speaker name, APT provider approval number, and contact name.  We also need a phone number, and/or email address, and/or link to your website.
It is important that all information be received at least one month before the date of the event.

15.  GAPT continues to be listed on the national provider directory for the autism community. 

To see the list click here.  We also continue to be listed on the Georgia learning resource service list. 

You may earn non-contact credit by completing tests based upon the books and audio programs in APT'S e-learning center (you can listen to the latter free.)  These programs are not intended to compete with programs offered by approved providers and only feature niche topics hard to find elsewhere.  Although you may prefer to attend workshops in-person, explore the center and know your "distance learning options."

16.  The Red Cross Course Titled

Foundations Of Disaster Mental Health

Is offered periodically at the Atlanta Red Cross headquarters.

For further information about dates contact Kathy Haworth at 404-575-3182 or via email at    

17.  The Association for Play Therapy (APT) invites you to join them and us as a member. 

APT promotes the value of play, play therapy, and the credentialing of play therapists.   Your APT/GAPT membership offers

  1. the play therapy magazine
  2. international journal
  3. membership directory
  4. conferences
  5. professional credentialing
  6. bookstore
  7. professional insurance
  8. research grants
  9. research awards
  10. distance learning. 

Both organizations have websites.  For more information about membership, call APT at 559-298-3400.

18.  Outreach Activities

One of GAPT'S ongoing Outreach Activities to our community continues to be the opportunity to visit the Play Therapy room of Trudy Post Sprunk and/or watch Play Therapy videos.  She has a substantial library of Play Therapy videos from which to choose.  You may schedule by contacting her at 770-491-7423.  The location of GAPT'S headquarters Is 4893 Lavista Road In Tucker.  There is no charge.

19.  ACAIT professional insurance is available to APT/AAPT members. 

For information contact Paul Nelson at 800-347-6647, extension 342.

20.  I want everyone to be aware that APT has a brochure which can be used to promote play therapy. 

It is titled Why Play Therapy? This full-color brochure introduces play therapy to the general public and other mental health professionals. It includes photos and research citations and we have given them extensively at outreaches where we promote play therapy. GAPT has a supply and will provide you with a sample copy at your request. Email your request to me at

Copies in quantity can be ordered  by calling APT at 559-298-3400.  In addition, the brochure is also available in Spanish.