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It is a requirement for BAPT Full membership to continue professional development. This is in line with the government impetus to monitor standards of professional training, performance and conduct. Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) will be linked to the annual renewal of BAPT membership.

BAPT will take a random 5% sample of full members on an annual basis, and Members will be required to submit 3 consecutive years of CPD evidence.

Although students are not required to attend to issues of continuing professional development until after qualification, they may use the portfolio log should they wish, for example to keep a record of their clinical supervision. BAPT will not expect student members to submit their logs. The three year period will be calculated from the date of starting work as a Play Therapist or offering Play Therapy within another job title after the date of qualification

Continuing Professional Development requirement

There are three sections to BAPT CPD requirements:

1. 10 hours per year of training directly related to Play Therapy.
(See examples below.)

2. 6 hours per year of indirect CPD activities.
(See examples below).

3. Clinical Supervision.
(See Graph below)

Members need to take cognizance of BAPT’s document: "An Ethical Basis for Good Practice in Play Therapy,” regarding anti-discriminatory practice and reflect this in their own supervision, training and supervision.

1. 10 hours of CPD directly related to Play Therapy :
For example
• Conferences – BAPT, BAAF, NSPCC, Centre for Child Mental Health,
• Supervision training
• Post Qualified Play Therapy research, including writing articles/papers/books
• Play Therapy support group meetings
• Teaching Play Therapy

2. 6 hours of CPD indirectly related training:
For example
• Providing clinical supervision
• Personal therapy
• Peer group discussion
• Reading articles
• Developing play therapy through committees
• Other training – eg, Child Protection, supporting parents

You should be able to briefly demonstrate that the course / workshop / other CPD activities have enhanced your Play Therapy practice.

3. Clinical Supervision

See also section 6 of The Guide to Play Therapy for comprehensive information on supervision issues or

It is the responsibility of the Play Therapist to ensure that their clinical supervision hours are sufficient to meet their own and their clients’ needs.

Complex cases usually need more liaison, records keeping and possibly supervision time.

For each year of the practice the table below shows the minimum supervision hours required;

Band A: 1-5 clients per year - 4 hrs Supervison Hours p/year
Band B: 6-10 clients per year - 8 hrs
Band C: 11-15 clients per year - 12 hrs
Band D: 16-20 clients per year - 18 hrs

• Newly qualified Play Therapists.

In the first year of practice post qualifying a Play Therapist is required to have a minimum of 24 hours supervision per year for their clinical Play Therapy practice, or a 6:1 ratio of session hours to supervision hours. This will be calculated from the date of starting work as a Play Therapist or offering Play Therapy within another job title.

It is the responsibility of the Play Therapist to inform the workplace of the need for the minimum clinical supervision hours.

Telephone/webcam usage: Clinical supervision will always involve physical presence, face-to-face supervision, except where geographical location significantly precludes this. In such circumstances, telephone or webcam supervision may be accepted. Email and paper only formats are not accepted as part of supervision.
Consistent telephone and ‘webcam’ supervision must be supplemented with audio, video and / or written details of the supervisee’s clinical practice. Any non face to face supervision will be supplemented with face-to-face supervision contact at a ratio of 1:2 supervision wherever possible.

Group supervision: Group supervision will not include more than 4 supervisees. Group supervision will be calculated by the addition of one half of the required supervision i.e 1.5 group supervision hours is equivalent to1 individual supervision hour, 3 group supervision hours are equivalent to 2 individual supervision hours.

BAPT recommends that the supervisee must attempt to find a BAPT approved Play Therapy supervisor. Should this not be possible due to geographical distance or unavailability of a Play Therapy supervisor, then a supervisor from a related profession can be chosen. For example: music, art, drama therapists or psychologist with experience of working with children; child psychologist or child and adolescent psychologist. The professional should have supervisory experience and an understanding of Play Therapy. Details of the requirements for Non BAPT Supervisors are on the website at the following link:

BAPT approved Supervisors can be found at


For example: unemployment, illness, working abroad, maternity/paternity leave. BAPT will give individual consideration in the case of exceptional circumstances.

Monitoring CPD

A random 5% sample of full Members will be asked to submit their entire 3 year CPD portfolio to the Training and Education sub-committee. These will be assessed and those play Therapists who have not met the requirements will be given a written assessment and recommendations about bringing their CPD into line with requirements for Full Membership. A second submission will be required a year later and, if this still does not meet requirements, Full Membership of the Association may be withdrawn.

© The British Association of Play Therapists
(Updated May 2013)