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Ethical Framework for Play Therapy and Filial Play

See also Professional Conduct Practice

Downloadable PDF of PTIRL Ethical Framework


The Ethical Framework for Play, Creative Arts and Filial Therapies, is based upon Play Therapy UK’s version published on October 1st 2002. It is also applicable to play therapy and filial play research, the use of therapeutic play skills and the management of the delivery of these services within organisations. It is intended to inform the practice of each member of PTUK.

The framework is closely based upon the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework, adapted and extended by PTUK for the special needs of working with children. In using much of the text of the BACP Ethical Framework PTUK acknowledges BACP’s authorship and copyright properties under the Berne Convention and expresses thanks for BACP’s permission and help.

The framework has also been developed in conjunction with Play Therapy International (PTI) to encourage unified standards of practice in all countries.

In this statement the term 'practitioner' is used generically to refer to anyone with responsibility for the provision of therapeutic play, play therapy, creative arts therapies and filial play for children and adolescents - persons under the age of 16. 'Practitioner' includes anyone undertaking the role(s) of therapist, filial play coach/mentor, counsellor, psychotherapist, trainer, educator, supervisor, researcher, provider of counselling skills or manager of any of these services. The term 'client' is used as a generic term to refer to the recipient of any of these services. The client may be an individual child, parent/carer, couple, family, group, organisation or other specifiable social unit. Alternative names may be substituted for 'practitioner' and 'client' in the practice setting, according to custom and context.

The framework reflects this ethical diversity by considering:


The complete PTIRL Ethical Framework may be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.  To view and print this document you require a copy of the Acrobat Reader.

Ethical Framework as a PDF file


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