Play Therapy (UK) – The United Kingdom
Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies Limited (known in short as PTUK)
was originally set up in October 2000 as Play Therapy UK. It was established as
an alternative governing body and professional organisation to provide a choice
for practitioners of and anyone interested in using therapeutic play, play
therapy or creative arts therapies to help children with emotional literacy,
behaviour and mental health problems.
It was felt, by a number of
practitioners at that time, that the existing professional association was too
restrictive in its membership criteria, had course accreditation standards that
did not meet the needs to produce the large numbers of safe and effective
practitioners that are required in the United Kingdom and was insufficiently
open or innovative in its policies. Since then PTUK has grown to be the largest
organisation in the UK in the field of therapeutic play and play therapy and
has a proud record of innovation.
PTUK introduced the Spectrum
of Needs and Therapeutic Play
Continuum concepts that recognise that children have a wide range
of emotional, behaviour and mental health problems and that professionals with
a variety of interventions and skill levels can safely and effectively
alleviate these conditions.
A new Ethical
System introduced to provide better protection for both the public
and therapists. This incorporates an ethical framework, professional conduct
procedure and a clinical
governance requirement which places PTUK in the forefront of setting
high professional standards.
PTUK developed the Profession Structure
Model (PSM), based on a competency framework, using the experience of
a number of international play therapists. This was the first major innovation
concerning the organisation of the profession since it started in the UK. It
provides a basis for:
- clear communication with commissioners
and users of the therapies.
- guidance upon the selection and
recruitment of therapists.
- career planning.
- the identification of training and CPD
- the design of training courses and
- setting remuneration scales.
- job performance appraisal.
PTUK affiliates to Play Therapy
International (PTI) to share best practice around the world.
project funded by PTUK, development started.
PTUK opens www.playtherapyshop.com
to provide an on-line subscription renewal, event booking and convenient way of
acquiring other products and services.
PTUK mandates the use of clinical
governance for trainees seeking certification.
SEPACTO operational - first research
PTUK accredits the first MA in
Practised Based Play Therapy programme in the UK, designed and run by the Academy of Play and Child
Psychotherapy (APAC) in a collaborative partnership with the
University College Chichester.
This is a modular post graduate play therapy
training programme in three parts:
- Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills.
- Diploma in Play Therapy.
- MA by Dissertation.
PTUK in association with PTI organised
the World Congress in Play Therapy. This was the largest international event of
its type held anywhere with over 70 workshops/sessions and attended by over 400
delegates from 29 countries. First time in the United Kingdom.
PTUK set up The Play Therapy Press Ltd
to republish classic out of print play therapy books and innovative new titles
to assist students undertaking play therapy training.
The PSM and competency framework have a
major revision to include filial play. The proposed use of the term Filial
Play Coach/Mentor is adopted, after a members' referendum. APAC, PTUK's sister
organisation, designs the UK's first Certificate in Filial Play Coaching and
Mentoring. Membership passes the 1000 mark.