Many adult, adolescent and childhood psychological problems may be traced to attachment issues in early childhood. How many of your pupils exhibit these problems through repeated angry outbursts, crying, clinging or withdrawal? You will know the disruption they cause.
You can help them and their parents by providing a play therapy service – provided that it is delivered safely and effectively by practitioners on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Play Therapy UK’s evidence base, built over the last 12 years using actual practice data from over a thousand schools, shows that between 77% and 84% of those receiving play therapy delivered to our standards show a positive change, as observed by teachers and parents. Now with over 20,000 measures, the evidence base is highly reliable.
If your school is not yet using play therapy, there are two main options:
I ) Contact your nearest PTUK registrant to see if one is available provide a service for your school: www.playtherapyregister.org.uk
2) Invest in training one of your teaching staff as a Registered Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills.
Our partner the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC) is currently training over 300 practitioners in 13 conveniently venues throughout the UK. Many are Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Learning Mentors and Nurses. They’ll receive a Post Graduate Certificate from Leeds Beckett University as well as being registered. It’s a good investment that will typically show a good return within a couple of terms.
Perhaps you would like to experience how play therapy works, the skills required and how we train using mainly experiential exercises, by attending a one-day ‘Introduction to Play Therapy’ course held at 13 convenient venues throughout the UK. Phone: 01825 761143 to book.
More information: www.playtherapy.org.uk
If you would like to have a chat about how play therapy helps schools to achieve their academic objectives as well as supporting pupils’ emotional welfare and the options in more detail please email Monika at: firstname.lastname@example.org