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British Association of Play Therapists

Welcome to the BAPT Website

The British Association of Play Therapists is the first and foremost professional body for Play Therapists in the UK. We seek to promote our standards for Play Therapy practice and maintain a Voluntary Register of members who demonstrate that they have met our standards.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy is a way of helping children express their feelings and deal with their emotional problems, using play as the main communication tool. To relieve the needs of children, young people and adults suffering emotional and behavioural difficulties by promoting the art and science of Play Therapy and promoting high standards in the practice of Play Therapy for the public benefit.

Info for parents

As a parent or carer, find out what Play Therapy is, how it could help your child and what you can do to help.

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Info for Professionals & Employers

Find details and guidance notes on employing Play Therapists and access documents relating to Play Therapy standards and conduct.

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About Bapt

The Association of Play Therapists was founded in 1992 by a group of now respected practitioners who introduced and pioneered Play Therapy within Britain.

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PSA Report November 2017

The Professional Standards Authority, in partnership with the Royal Society for Public Health, launched an important report today called ‘Untapped Resources: Accredited Registers in the Wider Workforce’. See the full report here: https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/docs/default-source/accredited-registers/resources/untapped-resources-accredited-registers-in-the-wider-workforce.pdf?sfvrsn=7 Below are some summary statements which anyone is welcome to share in promoting the professionals who are on registers accredited by the […]

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