The British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) was formed in 1992 and formed the British Play Therapy movement, accrediting many training courses including to Masters level in association with UK universities.
BAPT is a member-led organisation with charitable status, ensuring its members are trained to a high level, follow professional practice and offer Play Therapy based on our 3 theoretical principles of actualisation, the need for positive regard and that play is a child’s main form of communication.
Browse the following sections to learn more about The British Association of Play Therapists, how it was formed, the standards we follow and how you can become a member.
BAPT formation and structure
Learn the history of Play Therapy and how BAPT was formed. You can also read information about the charity structure and how BAPT operates as an organisation.
All BAPT Registered Play Therapists® follow core competencies and policies as set by the BAPT Professional Practice team. Find all BAPT policy documents and standards here.
Professional standards authority (PSA)
Read more about how BAPT uses Professional Standards Authority (PSA) accreditation to ensure Play Therapy services are delivered by vetted and approved practitioners.
Benefits of joining BAPT
Find out how you can join the British Association of Play Therapists and the benefits you will get with your membership. Join the organisation shaping the future of Play Therapy.
Advertising with BAPT
BAPT offer several ways to advertise jobs, courses and events. Find out how we can work together on this page.