SHAPT awards one research grant annually to a deserving applicant. The grant was named in honor of Dr. Emily Oe, one of the founding members of SHAPT. A former University Professor, Dr. Oe was an avid researcher and practitioner in the field of play therapy.
The purpose of the grant is to promote research in the field of play therapy. A focus on play therapy research in the Houston metro area is preferred but not required. There is no minimum or maximum dollar amount for the grant. However, awards generally range from $200 to $500 annually. Grant recipients are required to present their findings (how the grant was used) at a local SHAPT meeting. The grant application is below.
The Sam Houston Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy also awards annually one training scholarship for a graduate student that pursues course work in play therapy at Sam Houston State University. The grant is designed to help the recipient offset the cost of the course. The award is $500 to one applicant annually. Recipients are required to be members of SHAPT.