General Call for Papers

International Journal of Play Therapy is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that publishes reports of original research, theoretical articles, and substantive reviews of topics central to play therapy on behalf of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, school counselors and psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals.

The journal publishes information and ideas about the complete spectrum of clinical interventions used in play theory to the community of academicians and practitioners who teach and employ it.

International Journal of Play Therapy is the official journal of the Association for Play Therapy, a national professional society serving said professionals within and outside of the United States.

Being published by APA connects International Journal of Play Therapy to a large body of authoritative and high-quality research available through PsycARTICLES®, the most used full-text database in psychology and one of the most popular databases in all scholarly disciplines and fields. PsycARTICLES is available to a global audience of nearly 3,200 institutions and 60 million potential users.

Stephen P. Demanchick, PhD, LMHC, RPT, NCC recently succeeded Dr. Michael LeBlanc, PhD, LMHC as Editor of International Journal of Play Therapy. He is an assistant professor in the Creative Arts Therapy Department at Nazareth College and Director of the Nazareth College Play Therapy Center for Children and Families, an APT Approved Center of Play Therapy Education. His work focuses on play therapy, filial therapy, school-based prevention, and clinical supervision.

International Journal of Play Therapy is now accepting manuscripts for possible publication. Possible topics include:

  • Developmental differences and their impact on play therapy strategies
  • Neuropsychology and play therapy
  • Therapist burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Topics surrounding military deployment (e.g. family reunification)
  • The use of assessment in play therapy

In addition to manuscripts reporting studies that enhance play therapy as an evidence-based modality, we encourage submissions in the form of theoretical articles and substantive reviews.

To submit a manuscript or for more information, please visit the journal's web page.

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