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PTAU STANDARDS for CERTIFICATION IN PLAY THERAPY and FILIAL PLAY for Australia.

Play Therapy Standards are ratified by the PTI. PTI administers the standards, monitors the appropriateness and effectiveness and proposes changes when it is felt necessary. For these purposes ‘Australasia’ includes Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.  PTAU administers the standards in Australia on behalf of PTI.

In order to become a Certified Play Therapist it is necessary to:
  • Successfully complete a PTI/PTAU accredited training course at Diploma level including a minimum of 200 hours clinically supervised work with children.

  • Be a current member of PTI or an affiliated organisation such as PTAU, PTIrl etc, observing an appropriate ethical framework, ideally PTI’s

  • Have clinical supervision of at least 1.5 hours every month of practice

  • Carry out clinical governance procedures

  • Undertake a minimum of 30 hours of qualifying continuous professional development (CPD) activities each year.
  • To become an Accredited Play Therapist it is necessary to have completed a minimum of 450 hours clinically supervised work with children and to fulfil the obligations of a Certified Play Therapist.

    In order to become a Certified Practitioner of Therapeutic Play it is necessary to:
  • Successfully complete a PTI/PTAU accredited training course at Certificate level including a minimum of 100 hours clinically supervised work with children

  • Be a current member of PTI or an affiliated organisation such as PTAU, PTIrl etc, observing an appropriate ethical framework, ideally PTI’s

  • Have clinical supervision of at least 1.5 hours every month of practice

  • Carry out clinical governance procedures
  • Undertake a minimum of 30 hours of qualifying continuous professional development (CPD) activities each year.

    In order to become a Certified Filial Play Coach/Mentor it is necessary to:
  • Successfully complete a PTI/PTAU accredited Filial Play Coaching training course including a minimum of 100 hours clinically supervised work with parents and children

  • Be a current member of PTI or an affiliated organisation such as PTAU, PTIrl etc, observing an appropriate ethical framework, ideally PTI’s

  • Have clinical supervision of at least 1.5 hours every month of practice

  • Carry out clinical governance procedures
  • Undertake a minimum of 30 hours of qualifying continuous professional development (CPD) activities each year.

    CPD

    Continuous Professional Development is regarded as essential for good quality practice by certified and accredited PTI Practitioner Members. The requirement is to undertake at least 30 hours of allowable activities each year to retain membership. These hours may be averaged over a three year period. Planning for CPD and play therapy training should be based upon PTI’s competency framework.

    The activities must be selected from 3 or more categories, at least one of which must be from categories 1-3. [N.B. The list of examples is not exhaustive].

    Category Conditions and Examples Max Hours Allowed per year for CPD
    Category 1

    Short Courses on Professional Issues
    Courses undertaken in areas of special interest or concern which are relevant to play therapy practice e.g. sandplay story-telling working with abuse, working with trauma, bereavement, brief therapy……. These may be offered by accredited training providers or "in house" and will normally be at stage 4 of the PTI Training Model. The course content must include competencies listed in the Profession Structure Model competency framework. 20
    Category 2

    Seminars and Conferences
    Seminars / conferences on topics relevant to play therapy practice, which may be organised locally, nationally or internationally, by individuals or organisations, recognised by PTI or its affiliates. The programme content must include competencies listed in the Profession Structure Model competency framework. 20
    Category 3

    Study for Further Qualifications
    Further award bearing training in relevant professional field e.g. certificate or diploma in play therapy or creative arts supervision, or MA in Practised Based Play Therapy. The course content must include competencies listed in the Profession Structure Model competency framework. 20
    Category 4

    Assisting the Development of Others
    Designing and facilitating workshops; offering a training session or giving a talk at a conference; writing e.g. articles, book reviews, books (relevant to professional practice); published research; initiatives taken alone and in consultation with peers to create and develop new ideas relevant to therapeutic play, play therapy or creative arts therapies and making these available to others 20
    Category 5

    Working Party / Advisory Board and other Meetings
    Play therapy related meeting work, local or national consultation with colleagues leading to initiatives such as establishing local groups. Membership of committees where play therapy may be represented to others. Contribution to PTI standards. 10
    Category 6

    Personal Development
    Participation in groups; personal therapy; learning new skills; Acquiring knowledge and new insights from reading, films, plays 10

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