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Our site is intended to provide a complete information resource for the psychosocial support of children through therapeutic play, play therapy, creative arts therapies and filial play. We hope that you will find it useful and enjoy it!

The site is designed for everybody interested in helping children with emotional, behaviour or mental health problems including parents, carers, teaching staff, nurses, care workers, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, play therapists, paediatricians, students etc

The latest practice outcomes research by PTI members, based on over 700 cases shows that over 70% of children show a positive change in their total difficulties following play therapy - see news.

Australia needs 4180 Play Therapists or Practitioners with Therapeutic Play Skills - for details see news.

Train as a Certified Play Therapist. There are two routes. 1) Obtain an International licence to practice by attending the 15 days training and fulfilling the course requirements. 2) As 1) but in addition obtain status with Masters points that lead to The MA in Practice Based Play Therapy as approved in the UK.

This is now available in Australia at Adina Apartment Hotel, Coogee Beach, Sydney.  Details.

See The Approaches to Play Therapy by the two main professional organisations.

Courses available in Australia and New Zealand
VenueCourse Title
Adina Apartment Hotel,
Coogee Beach,
Introductory One Day Course
Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (15 days)
Diploma in Play Therapy
(15 days)
Filial Play Coaching & Mentoring
Play/Creative Arts Therapy Supervisor
MA in Practice Based Play Therapy

Claudlands, Hamilton, New Zealand
Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills(15 days)
Diploma in Play Therapy(15 days)

Participants successfully completing the Diploma course and practice requirements will become Certified Play Therapists. The programme, which conforms to International standards, is accredited by: Play Therapy International and accredited at a level that can lead to an MA in practice based play therapy. Approved and delivered under the auspices of Play Therapy Australasia. Participants who are already qualified professionals such as Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers etc may exit at the Certificate stage. For more details see Training.

Play therapy is starting to attract training providers, in Australia, who are offering a number of short courses. These are usually not validated by a university, do not provide the option of a university academic award, do not lead to certification by a recognised professional organisation and only cover a fraction of the skills and experience that is needed to work effectively and safely with children. Unless they provide specialist training to extend your existing accredited qualifications for working with children, do not waste your money! Play Therapy Australasia is affiliated to Play Therapy International.

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