The Camberg Conference Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor Dr. Jean Camberg, who served on the PA APT Board of Directors for almost 15 years before her death in 2016.  She was a professor at the Penn State Altoona campus and she was the primary writer in the development of the Play Therapy Certificate program at Temple University, Harrisburg.  Jean greatly enjoyed working with students and regularly brought students to the annual state conference.

This scholarship recognizes a graduate student who expresses through their actions a sincere interest in play therapy.

Actions may include:

  • Attending workshops/conferences

  • Attending play therapy classes

  • Participating in use of play therapy/tools via practicum/volunteer experiences

The scholarship is meant for master’s or doctorate level students with early/entry-level/beginning experiences in play therapy via academia or practicum.

  • Student will write an essay/letter of application indicating their interest in play therapy

  • Student should connect personal, academic or practicum/volunteer experiences in use of play/play therapy

  • Student should identify future professional path as it relates to play therapy

  • Essay/letter of application should be limited to 350 words or one page.

The Camberg Conference Scholarship is awarded to a student each year:

  • Free conference attendance for that year

  • Certificate – presented at the conference General Board Meeting

Students may submit their essays by contacting the current President-Elect ( of the Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy. The PA APT board will review nominations and choose a student who meets all the above criteria. The Award is presented each year at the Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy.



2022 Recipient of the Camberg Conference Scholarship



2020 Recipient of the Camberg Conference Scholarship



2019 recipient of the Camberg Conference Scholarship