APAC/PTUK/PTI/PTIrl take the health of students, colleagues and others very seriously and you should ensure that you continue to follow the latest Government advice about the COVID-19 outbreak provided each day during the Government's briefing and on the Government’s website.
With the gradual return to work/school, please refer to the “Procedures for Play Therapists returning to Work/School” which have been published on the ALMS Resource pages.
All courses due to take place up until 25th June 2020 have been postponed. If you were scheduled to attend a course during this period, you should by now have received an email from the APAC office with details of these postponements.
If you are due to attend a course over the coming months, please check your emails regularly including your Spam folder. You will be notified of any postponements by email.
The PTUK Conference has been re-arranged and will now be held on Saturday 24th October 2020 with the Pre-Conference Follow-Up Days on 23rd October and the PQ courses commencing on 25th October. The updated Conference brochure is now on-line.
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Our site is intended to provide a complete information resource for therapeutic play, play therapy, filial play and creative arts therapies for anyone interested in helping children with emotional literacy, behaviour or mental health problems.
Play Therapy Ireland began its roots in 2006 when our accomplished and first play therapist in Ireland, Audrey Gregan took up the role of CE. Since then Play Therapy Ireland has grown to be the largest organisation in Ireland in the field of therapeutic play and Pay Therapy. It has established itself in the 32 counties in Ireland with the strongest concentration of play therapists in the bigger cities.
The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (the NQAI) have approved the alignment of the APAC and the National University of Ireland play therapy training awards with the National Framework of Qualifications (the NFQ).
More and more schools and community projects are allocating resources and investing finance to provide a holistic approach to caring for children with emotional /psychological problems. Play Therapy Ireland's Play therapists provide a integrative holistic approach grounded in practice and theory. All PTIrl's Play therapists are trained by APAC whose courses are the only ones that have a research evidence base of over 30,000 cases which show the effectiveness of play therapy as an intervention to alleviate children’s emotional, behavioural and mental health problems to reach their potential. This research shows that students who have done the APAC post grad courses will achieve on average 77-84% positive change in children. The deeper the problem the higher the positive change.
Ireland needs 1531 Play therapists or trained therapists working with children to support the children with emotional, behaviour, mental health problems and there are about 500 so far. So, many opportunities exist and you will be taught on the course on how to go about getting a job in this field.
Looking for a play therapist in Ireland? Click here to search the Play Therapy Register
About PT Ireland
CPD (Continuous Professional Development)
The only play therapy courses currently run in Ireland with valid University Post Graduate awards are the APAC courses which are delivered in a collaborative partnership with National University of Ireland and which have been approved by the NQAI as equivalent to HETAC level 9. Please check the status of any play therapy course you want to undertake with PTI on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you thinking of a career in Play Therapy? Are you a parent who wonders what Play Therapy is and how it benefits children? Then you might be interested in our one day Introduction to Play Therapy day. Its a packed day that you are guaranteed to walk away with a lot more insight and understanding of Play Therapy as an approach, and what is required from you if you intend to continue on to the Certificate course. You will know if it is for you or not. The cost is €190. Click HERE for more details about this course. Contact email@example.com
Are you interested in supervising creative arts and play therapists?
Calling for play therapists to train as supervisors here In Ireland, if you're interested contact Fidelma directly
APAC has run our MA in Practice Based Play Therapy programme for many years now. The training takes place in the beautiful Marino Institute of Education in Drumcondra in Dublin. We also have training venues in Carnlock Court in Cork and National University of Ireland in Galway.
APAC provides PTIrl members with the opportunity to train in Filial Play Coaching.There was a in the Uk and Ireland globally as to whether the term 'Filial Play Coach' or 'Filial PlayTherapist ' should be used. In a consultative process, members of PTIrl chose to use the title 'Filial Play Coach’The course is offered by APAC to PTIrl members who are trained as Practitioners in Therapeutic Play Skills and concentrates on training parents and carers in skills they can build into every day life with their children to achieve better communication and attachment. Parents are important agents of change but are not therapists. For more information on Filial Play Coaching click on this link.
If you would like to attend peer support meetings there are subcommittees around the country. If you are interested, please make contact with:
If you would like to set up a support Group in your area, PTIrl would be happy to assist in any way we can
The Play Therapy Ireland website is designed for everybody interested in helping children with emotional, behaviour or mental health problems including parents, carers, teaching staff, nurses, care workers, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, play therapists, paediatricians, students etc
Ireland needs 1531 Play Therapists. This is the estimate produced by Play Therapy Ireland's Demand Model, just published. See which counties and areas have the highest need - see News
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Keen to develop a career in Play Therapy? Making plans for the Summer Holidays? Thinking about the intensive 15 day's Summer School at La Mouline, France but feel a little nervous about Brexit? Rest assured, we are Brexit-ready and Summer School in La Mouline will be running as usual, whatever form Brexit takes.
In the event of adverse weather, please consider your own safety. Unless you have been advised otherwise by APAC, all courses will run as scheduled at all venues. Please regularly check your emails. If you decide that you are unable to make your journey, please contact your Course Director or the APAC Office to let them know. If you are attending the first weekend of a course, please email Monika Jephcott on firstname.lastname@example.org