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International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals

Established in 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) is today well recognized for its excellence in providing first-quality education and high-level training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions, who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems.

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Self Esteem Shop is an independent bookstore that caters to mental health professionals and those they serve. While physically located in Royal Oak, Michigan, our staff travels across the continental United States to attend conferences in the mental health field. We are a small business and pride ourselves on the customer service provided by our knowledgeable staff. The staff is led by Deanne “DeeDee” Ginns-Gruenberg. DeeDee is the owner of the Self Esteem Shop and a licensed nurse and psychotherapist, specializing in play therapy with traumatized and grieving children. Although she devotes the majority of her time to the store, DeeDee maintains a limited private practice to stay up to date with current trends in mental health. Click to Explore Self Esteem Shop


THE ASSOCIATION FOR PLAY THERAPY (APT) is a national professional society established in 1982 to foster contact among mental health professionals interested in exploring and, when developmentally appropriate, applying the therapeutic power of play to communicate with and treat clients, particularly children. Click for Publications, Trainings, or Explore Membership Benefits

THE VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION FOR PLAY THERAPY (VAPT) is a branch of the national Association for Play Therapy. VAPT was established in 1996 with 20 signatures from advocates of play therapy from around the state. We have grown to over 200 member and eleven chapters. The mission of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy and the Association for Play Therapy is to promote the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists. Click to Visit VAPT

MARYLAND/DC ASSOCIATION FOR PLAY THERAPY (MD/DC APT) has been in existence since 1994, connecting new and established play therapists from a wide array of mental health disciplines with high-quality training and a community of practitioners and researchers dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families through play therapy. Click to Explore MD/DC APT.


THE AMERICAN ART THERAPY ASSOCIATION is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that making art is healing and life enhancing. Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy. Click to Explore AATA


THE NATIONAL CHILD AND TRAUMATIC STRESS NETWORK (NCTSN) has a mission to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States. The NCTSN website is a tremendous, current resource for caregivers, parents, and professionals. Click to Explore NCTSN


THE AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY ON THE ABUSE OF CHILDREN (APSAC), founded in 1987, is a nonprofit national organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. Especially important to APSAC is the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professional disciplines related to child abuse and neglect. Click to Explore or Join APSAC

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CHILD TRAUMA ACADEMY (CTA) is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. A major activity of the CTA is to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children. The “translational neuroscience” work of the CTA has resulted in a range of innovative programs in therapeutic, child protection and educational systems.  Click to Explore CTA