SEPACTO - Database of Play Therapy Outcomes
System for Evaluating Play and Creative Arts Therapy
The national UK database of play therapy practice based
evidence using measured outcomes.
PTUK Members are required to apply the principles of
clinical governance (quality management) to their practice. This includes the
use of quantifiable measures of changes in the client's psychological and
emotional state during a programme of play therapy sessions. This data is sent
to PTUK in an anonymised form for entry into the UK national database of
outcomes - SEPACTO.
There is no charge to PTUK Members for data entry nor for
sets of comparative reports which will be produced as soon as the dataset
reaches a sufficient number of records.
The main objectives of SEPACTO are to:
Provide quantified measures of the effectiveness of play and
creative arts therapies.
- Show the impact of play therapy on particular conditions e.g.
autism, attachment problems, behaviour, trauma etc.
Enable therapists to improve their practice by comparing
their methods and results with others.
SEPACTO has been operational since April 2003 and is
designed to record data from the Goodmans SDQ, which many play therapists use.
However the system is flexible and will accommodate other measures such as the
contribution that play therapy makes to achieving an organisation's