What is a Play Therapist?
A Play Therapist is a practitioner who has completed either a BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists) course or a PTUK (Play Therapy UK) course. Currently to be registered as a Play Therapist, they need to have completed a Masters Degree in Play Therapy and often have a background in teaching, social work or nursing.
A Play Therapist will have a clear understanding of
- Play Therapy
- child development
- the developmental process of play
- the impact of trauma
- attachment theory
- therapeutic responding
- the value and necessity of play for healthy development
A major competence of a Play Therapist is to be able communicate effectively with children, young people using play.
The Play Therapist is bound by a code of ethical practice and is required to receive regular supervision and continued professional development.
A Play Therapist will have
- a current enhanced DBS or CRB
- public liability indemnity insurance
If you are interested in training as a Play Therapist, please go to:
- BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists)
- MA in Play Therapy (Roehampton University)
- Msc in Play Therapy (University of South Wales)