President’s Message

Message from the President:

Maryann Assini - PresidentAs your newly elected president it is my pleasure to welcome you to the New York Association for Play Therapy Website.   You will find information on upcoming events, workshops and trainings here. Please check back frequently.

I am honored to have been elected as your 2016-2018 New York Association for Play Therapy president. This is my second time serving as your president, and I feel very privileged to have been entrusted with this responsibility again.

We would like to thank Dr. Athena Drewes for her service and dedication to NYAPT over the past four years. During her tenure we achieved many milestones, including again attaining gold branch status. Thank you Dr. Drewes!

It was wonderful to see those of you who were able to attend the 17th Annual NYAPT conference in Albany with Dr. Linda Homeyer on “Trauma-Informed Sandtray Therapy for the Play Therapist”. Dr. Stephen Demanchick also offered a two-hour supervision workshop following the first day of Dr. Homeyer’s training. Both presentations were very well received, and we hope you enjoyed the trainings.

For those of you who were not able to attend this year we hope to see you at next year’s annual conference.   This conference will feature two days of training presented by Dr. Terry Kottman. One day will be on Family Play Therapy- Adlerian Style and the other day will be on Play for Pre-teen and Teens. The dates that have been chosen are March 24-25, 2017, and we are exploring options for holding this conference in the Westchester area. We will keep you updated as details unfold.

Please contact me with any questions, ideas or concerns. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Playfully, Mary Anne