The government is taking a number of steps to transform children’s mental health. The details are planned to be finalised over the next few months. When they are, there is expected to be a rush to train or recruit play therapy practitioners that meet the new requirements by being on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
You can take advantage, at very little cost, of the APAC/Leeds Beckett University placement scheme for trainees, which meets the requirements of the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists. As the largest play therapy training organisation in the world we are currently training over 600 therapists. During the Autumn term we expect to have 200 new trainees looking for a placement.
The scheme will provide 100 hours of therapy for your pupils at no cost for one year. They will provide a complete service including briefing your teaching staff, assessments, parent interviews and communications as well regular activity and outcome reports meeting all professional and data protection requirements.
The only ‘costs’ to your school are the provision of a suitable room with equipment and materials (about £300) and a few hours of staff time for referral and review meetings
We have thirteen training venues throughout the UK so whilst we cannot guarantee that a placement will be available in your area, there’s a very good chance, especially if you apply now.
Of course, you can guarantee a trainee by funding a member of your staff.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on placement and training opportunities.
Monika Jephcott – Chief Executive APAC and Play Therapy UK