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Working with Other Professional Bodies

PTAU liases and works with other professional societies, associations and institutions whose members work with children. These divide into five groups:

(1) Government departments: health, education, social services, community care

PTAU’s role is to encourage the use of play therapy and filial play and the commissioning of services in all countries and states in Australia. We consult with government agencies upon the contribution that play therapy can make to achieve government objectives related to children and families. We advise upon suitable standards and ethical frameworks for the regulation of the profession in individual countries and the competencies required for safe and effective practice.

(2) Universities and other higher education bodies

PTAU assists in the design, development, delivery and clinical management of and Masters levels play therapy training programmes.

(3) Other mental health and psychology based professions

PTAU liaises with other professional organisations to encourage and assist their practitioners to incorporate therapeutic play skills in their interventions.

(4) Children’s welfare organisations

PTAU advises upon the integrated use of play therapy in services aimed at improving the welfare of children, the training and clinical governance required.

(5) Other play therapy associations

PTAU offers co-operation in all aspects of play therapy policy making to ensure that the children of Australia have the best possible access to safe help with their emotional, behaviour and mental health problems.

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