Call for Papers


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.

International Journal of Play Therapy® is a registered trademark of the Association for Play Therapy
Editorial Board


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


Elizabeth A. Gassin, PhD, LPC
Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois

Kristin Meany-Walen, PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S
University of Northern Texas, Denton, Texas

Debra Olson-Morrison, PhD, LCSW, RPT
Park University, Parkville, Missouri

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
Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett, New Hampshire

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


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
Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia

Krystal Vaughn, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Manuscript Submission

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 quarterly, peer-reviewed International Journal of Play Therapy®.

To submit to the Editorial Office of Franc Hudspeth, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal in Word Document format (doc.).

Submit Manuscript

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.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

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In Online Supplemental Material

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Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    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.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


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