The techniques and methods are the tools in
the tool-kit of a play therapist or a practitioner of therapeutic play. The
more skills or tools practitioners have the better they can adapt to new situations,
difficulties or problems and follow the lead given by children in the sessions.
These tools are also resources. The more resources, inner and outer, that we have access to the less likely that
we will “burn out”. However it is no use knowing the theory of a
tool without the practical experience of using it, initially under safe
conditions. This is why Play Therapy Ireland (PTIrl) places great
emphasis on practical and experiential play therapy training.
The play therapy tool-kit is also based
upon the set of competencies described in the
Professional Structure Model
developed by PTUK.
The main 'tools' are:
- Creative Visualisation
- Dance and Movement