There should be some items in a budget that are provisional – money that will only be spent if there is evidence that it will be very worthwhile. One of the most important should be to prove the effectiveness of play therapy, if you are not already using it.
Play therapy not only helps pupils with emotional, behaviour and mental health issues, it reduces stress on teaching staff caused by disruptive or ‘difficult’ pupils. It also improves their learning capabilities: better listening, better concentration, etc.
Our trainee placement scheme could help with your budget because your school can have up to 100 hours of therapy for your pupils at virtually no cost. This will show you how well the Integrative Holistic model works in your school.
About 1700 primary schools are already using Play Therapy UK therapists to support pupils with emotional, behaviour and mental health issues. Between 75% and 84% show a positive change.
Is there a snag? Of course, there always is. We have about 300 trainees from 13 training centres in all parts of the UK this year. So it depends upon one being available in your area. But it’s worth applying.
If you have any budget left over this year for training, a good investment would be to fund a member of your staff to train as a Registered Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills. You’ll recover the cost very quickly.
Email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of both opportunities.
More information on play therapy at:
Monika Jephcott – Chief Executive Play Therapy UK