The Association for Play Therapy (APT) acknowledges outstanding lifetime achievement that develops, promotes, or advances the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists.

The Play Therapy Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a nominee who:
  1. Is or, if retired, has been an APT Professional member in good standing.
  2. Abided by the code of ethics, standards of practice, and all other legal standards or requirements promulgated by those authorities from which Nominee has been granted a license or certification.
  3. Generated a body of consistent achievement, outstanding leadership, including contributions and services, for 25 or more years that significantly advanced the field and image of play therapy and/or the programs and activities sponsored by APT, its Foundation for Play Therapy, and/or its Chartered Branches at a National/International level.
  4. Is nominated by three or more APT Professional members in good standing.
  5. Is endorsed by two past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
This award is not regularly presented but presented only when merited to one or more individuals.

Each award recipient is honored during the next APT Annual Conference.

Selection Process
  1. Nominator and at least two additional Endorsers, all of whom must be APT Professional members in good standing and have personal knowledge of the service of the Nominee, must include their contact information and be prepared to resolve any discrepancies. Nominator is required to attest on behalf of themselves as well as any identified endorsers by dating the attestation below. Self-nominations are not accepted.
  2. Nominator must post all of the Nominee’s service for which points are requested on the Nominations Form. APT will assign points for Service. Nominator must submit completed a) Nomination Form and b) Nominee’s resume/vita to APT by March 15.
  3. If Nominee is selected, Nominee and Nominator will be advised by April 19. If not selected, only Nominator will be advised.
  4. This award is not regularly presented, but presented only when merited to one individual per year.
Previous Recipients
2005 Garry Landreth; 2006 Charles Schaefer, Louise Guerney; 2008 Diane Frey, Violet Oaklander; 2009 Eliana Gil; 2011 John Allan; 2013 Linda Homeyer; 2014 Terry Kottman; 2015 Kevin O'Connor; 2016 Sue Bratton; 2017 Phyllis Booth
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