In order to provide support for as many children as possible, who have emotional, behaviour and mental health problems, PTIrl welcomes entrants from many different professional backgrounds as well as those embarking on their first career. Personal qualities are very important (see below).
PTIrl offers careers advice for anyone interested in developing their career using therapeutic play skills or in becoming a Certified Play Therapist. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are seriously considering play therapy training but would like to experience it without making a major commitment we suggest that you attend a PTIrl approved one-day introductory course. These courses are more than 'open days' because you will receive experiential training in basic therapeutic play skills as well as meeting tutors and be able to ask about the issues that are most important to you.
You will need to have the following attributes if you are to work effectively and ethically with children:
School leavers who are interested in making a career in this field are advised to first undertake a degree course with some relevance such as childhood studies, psychology or social sciences ideally with an option involving children's development. They should then arrange to attend a one-day introductory course in order to decide if they wish to proceed to a post graduate Certificate, Diploma or MA programme accredited by PTI/IBECPT.
Mature entrants who have considerable experience of working with children but no relevant formal qualifications or a first level degree are also welcomed into the profession via perhaps stage 1 foundation or conversion courses. Because circumstances vary considerably it is best to seek advice using PTIrl's free career advisory service.
The profession badly needs your experience adapted to working with children. A Play Therapist requires a range of tools so that you will also be able to add other ways of working creatively to your existing skills.
You may be able to commence your play therapy training at Diploma stage according to your experience and aspirations. For more details see Career Development Paths
Play therapy offers you an opportunity to develop non talking therapy skills which you will be able to use with adults as well as children. Therapeutic play skills may also be useful systemically in, for example, working with families where children are an important issue.
Play therapy offers health professionals such as doctors, nurses and occupational therapists another opportunity to alleviate childrens' emotional, behaviour and mental health problems. Therapeutic play skills will also be useful systemically in, for example, working with families where the childrens' conditions are an important issue.
Including Teachers, SENCOS and Educational Psychologists are increasingly using therapeutic play skills to work on behaviour problems as well as alleviating emotional conditions that prevent children reaching their full academic potential. Therapeutic play enables the development of the holistic child and support the emotional literacy component of the curriculum.
Learning Mentors, Teaching and Learning Assistants may use therapeutic play skills to enhance their career opportunities and integrate play therapy into the school.
professionals may use play therapy to assist children in transition and to support children who have suffered abuse, trauma, attachment problems and loss. Play therapy is valuable for children on the autistic spectrum and with other physical / developmental disabilities.
For more details see Career Development Paths