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British Association of Play Therapists


Why make BAPT your professional organisation?

Assurance of your professionalism is now essential for those of you who work with in the United Kingdom. We are the UK’s first and foremost Play Therapy organisation; currently representing over 400 individuals interests,  Full Members, Students and Associates of BAPT , both nationally and within the international arena. By choosing BAPT you will be demonstrating to professionals and the general public that you practise responsibly and professionally to high standards.

On joining BAPT you will benefit from our professional support, not only from BAPT’s carefully developed service, but also from our professional staff, volunteers and your fellow BAPT members. As a part of the UK’s leading voice for Play Therapy, you will also find yourself with a valuable opportunity to influence the future of the Play Therapy profession.

BAPT’s work is defined by our members. We listen to our members’ views and we act on them, encouraging members to enter into dialogue with BAPT. BAPT encourages its members to participate in shaping the short-term and long-term goals of their own organisation.

BAPT recognises the variety of theoretical approaches within Play Therapy and so BAPT is proficient in nurturing a diverse group of people and therapeutic styles within a common frame whilst pursuing the goal of professional development. We are committed to supporting and encouraging all our members to grow and develop as professional practitioners.

Wouldn’t you like to practise knowing that your professional registration protects you?

BAPT is proud of its high standards, good reputation and its wide range of products and services. We hope that you will take advantage of all that BAPT has to offer, from training information right through to individual registration and further continuing professional development.

The Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register programme was set up to provide assurance on the standards of registers of unregulated health and care occupations. Being accredited by the Authority offers enhanced protection to anyone looking for Play Therapy services – people now have the option of seeking practitioners on a register that has been vetted and approved.

Accreditation offers practitioners working in Play Therapy a means of demonstrating their personal commitment to meeting high standards by joining BAPT or another accredited register.
Accreditation means that BAPT has met the Authority’s demanding standards in the following areas: governance, setting standards, education and training, managing the register, providing information and complaints handling.
BAPT needed to provide evidence and demonstrate to the Authority that it meets the Accreditation Standards. Accreditation will be reviewed annually.
Being accredited means that BAPT has satisfied the Authority that it meets its high standards. It is a mark of quality.
Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has itself assessed the merits of individuals on the BAPT register. It remains the responsibility of BAPT to do that. BAPT will require its registrants to meet high standards of personal behaviour, technical competence and, where applicable, business practice.
Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has endorsed the efficacy of a treatment or therapy practised or any other service offered by registrants on the BAPT register.
Accredited Registration is different from statutory regulation because it is voluntary, not compulsory. Practitioners can work in Play Therapy without being on a register.
Registers accredited by the Authority will encompass a wide range of occupations and organisations holding registers. The Authority may accredit more than one register in any particular occupation.
Accredited Registers will be entitled to use the Authority’s accreditation mark so that they can be distinguished easily.
The quality mark will give extra peace of mind for anyone looking for a Play Therapist, letting them know that anyone who holds the mark is committed to the high standards of BAPT.
All Accredited Registers can be accessed through the Professional Standards Authority’s website –
This programme applies to the health sector in the UK and to social care in England.
The title Accredited Registers provides simplicity and clarity for consumers and registers alike, and reflects feedback we have received. The purpose, principles and practice of the programme are focused on providing users of a range of healthcare services and occupations with assurance and consumer protection.

Full members have access to BAPT Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training courses.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the sub-committees, the professional staff and all others who make the work of BAPT possible, we offer you a very warm welcome! Please join us, become involved and take advantage of a membership that can truly benefit you and your profession.

Want to re-join BAPT after a break in Practice or lapse in membership?

If it has been more than 3 years since you were last registered as a Full Member of BAPT, you will need to complete a new Full Membership Application, available to download here. baptmembershipformfull-003 If it’s been less than 3 years, please contact us at and we can advise you how to proceed.

Benefits of BAPT Membership

Free subscription to British Journal of Play Therapy (annually – Associates need to add this to their Membership at reduced rate)
Reduced BAPT Annual Conference Fee
Free Membership Pack, including the regularly-updated folder of documents ‘The Guide to Play Therapy’ and sample copies of all BAPT leaflets
10% discount on key BAPT publications
Access to occasional discounts and offers negotiated with relevant suppliers (books,toys etc)
Access to the BAPT website members’ area (Not applicable to Associate Members)
Access to current debates and issues surrounding Play Therapy
Free registration into British Register of Play Therapists (Full Members only)  – see above
Access to Professional Play Therapy Community
Access to Good Practice Frameworks (BAPT Ethical Basis for Good Practice in Play Therapy)
Afford safety to the Public (BAPT Complaints Procedure & part of the PSA Accredited BAPT REgister)
Photo Identity Membership Card (Full Members only)
Increased Professional Status
Access to Research Community
Access to Play Therapy Employment Opportunities (Full Members only)
(NB some of these benefits also apply to Associates – see below)

How to join –

You can join BAPT by downloading and completing the paper membership forms (see below).
FULL MEMBERS £160, ASSOCIATES £55 (£65 to include subscription the the British journal of Play Therapy), STUDENTS £38, RETIRED £35, PORTFOLIO £250. In addition a £10 administrative fee applies to all applications. Our Membership year runs from 1st October to 30th September for ALL categories of membership, individuals whose applications are processed after April 1st in any year are eligible for discounts of 50%.

BAPT Membership categories

You may join BAPT either as a Member (Full, Student or Retired) or as an Associate. Please select by carefully reading the information on each category. All Membership applicants must agree to abide by the BAPT Ethical Basis for Good Practice in Play Therapy and are subject to the Complaints Procedure therein. This does not apply to Associates who are not covered by these policies. The BAPT membership year runs from 1st October to 30th September annually. You may join at anytime during the year, Fees are adjusted for those joining later than 1/2 way through the membership year.

Full Member

Full Membership is open to any person who fulfills the criteria for membership – i.e they have successfully completed a play therapy qualification on one of the BAPT accredited Qualifying programmes or have successfully completed the BAPT portfolio route*. On application members must identify who will provide their clinical supervision and provide evidence of valid current Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance and an up do date DBS clearance. Full members have the right to vote at the AGM and to stand for election on to the Board of Directors. Full members receive a photo-identity membership card and access to Play Therapy employment opportunities. Names of all full members will appear on the online BAPT’s Professional Standards Agency Accredited Register of Play Therapists  which will enable members of the public to ensure that their therapists are appropriately qualified. Full Members can also request to have their name and contact details listed on the Find a Therapist listing of Play Therapists available for private work, which is made available to people and organisations seeking a qualified Play Therapist.

Application form – baptmembershipformFULL 2017

Students upgrading to Full Membership  – please complete a Student Upgrade to Full member application form baptmembershipformFULL ex Student-and see see no.8 in Frequently asked questions below 

Recognising that starting work as a Qualified Play Therapist is likely to incur some additional costs, and to reflect on the hard work that you will have completed in order to Qualify, we are offering the first year of Full membership post Qualification at a reduced fee of £110 to those who have been BAPT Student Members of BAPT. 

*Portfolio Route

The Portfolio Route is now accessible for Overseas-Trained applicants working in the UK and for Qualified Play Therapists who trained outside of BAPT Courses in the UK.  Joining BAPT – Portfolio info

Full membership of BAPT may be awarded by completion of a Portfolio application to those who are able to demonstrate they meet the rigorous criteria. The multiple components of this portfolio route are explicitly mapped onto the core professional and personal competences of a play therapist as defined by BAPT. The portfolio represents the equivalence of what a student on a BAPT-accredited Master’s course is expected to evidence in their Competence Log, the final substantial submission at the culmination of their clinical training. The portfolio is thus intended to ascertain parity of professional standard to that of an applicant who has successfully completed a BAPT accredited Play Therapy training-programme.

Membership is subject to evidence that the applicant’s professional training qualification and practice are of an equivalent standard to that expected from BAPT trained Therapists. See comprehensive details on the Portfolio Application Log and the Full Member – portfolio application form. Overseas trained applicants will also need to arrange NARIC equivalency confirmation 

Further information about completing the application form and  advice from someone who has completed the process is available here Joining BAPT – Portfolio info

All portfolio applicants will need to complete a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their ability to address the Play Therapy Core Competences –including Core Competences 14 -Utilisation of personal therapy and support for development. Additional evidence may include case study material, personal references from therapist and supervisor, confirmation of therapy hours etc. and would include evidence of sufficient Personal Therapy having been undertaken and that other key criteria are met.

The following ratios will be used as a guide for the minimum amount of personal therapy required, according to the level of post qualifying experience. This requirement reflects the importance which BAPT attaches to personal therapy as a core element of therapeutic training for all members.
– 0 – 2 years – evidence of 60 hours personal therapy, with confirmation from therapist
– 2 – 5 years – evidence of 30 hours personal therapy, with confirmation from therapist.
– 5 years plus – evidence of 15 hours personal therapy with confirmation from therapist.

Applicants will also will need to submit a Reflective account to demonstrate how their experience of personal therapy has impacted their professional practice as a Play Therapist.

Applicants should submit a personal statement from their therapist confirming there is no known reason why the applicant  should not practice as a Play Therapist with vulnerable children. BAPT will seek confirmation of this statement. If, for any reason, the therapist is not contactable the Panel will use its discretion regarding personal therapy and judgement of risk.

The final decision to offer membership of BAPT on the basis of the application will be made by the Portfolio Panel on the entire portfolio of evidence submitted by the applicant.

Application forms – 

baptmembershipformFULL portfolio version July15  

Portfolio Log for completion fillable and saveable updated

NARIC Requirements for OSeas PORTFOLIO applicatnts

Joining BAPT – Portfolio info

Student Member

This category, at a reduced subscription than Full membership, is open to any person who is registered on an accredited BAPT training programme.

Application form  – baptmembershipformSTUDENT07

Students upgrading to Full Membership must complete a Student Upgrade to Full member application form baptmembershipformFULL ex Student-and see see no.8 in Frequently asked questions below. 

Retired Full Member

This category is open to BAPT Full Members who have retired from all paid work, and also those who have retired from direct work with children but who are still available to offer Supervison. Retired members offering Supervision will be subject to requirements of approved Supervisors, please refer to supervision pages for information. Retired Members enjoy the majority of benefits that Full members have, but are not included on the Register of Qualified Play Therapists. Retired full members remain able to vote at the AGM.

Application form: baptmembershipformRETIRED07

Associate Membership

Any person or organisation interested in the field of Play Therapy may apply to become an Associate of the British Association of Play Therapists. Associates receive:

A welcome pack including ‘The Guide to Play Therapy’ and sample copies of all BAPT leaflets
Free subscription to the BAPT magazine ‘Play Therapy’ (organisations may opt to receive further copies of each issue at a discounted price of £10 per year)
Reduced fees for the BAPT annual conference
a 1/3 discount on the subscription to ‘The British Journal of Play Therapy’

Application form – baptmembershipformASSOCIATE1 17

Approved Supervisor – 

Applications to become an Approved BAPT Supervisor are welcome from Qualified Play Therapist’s who are part of a PSA accredited register, with a minimum of 3 years post qualifying clinical practice experience. Please complete the form electronically and send to the BAPT office.

 Application form – BAPTSupervisionForm-September2019_

Other Forms:

BAPT Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
BAPT Supervisor Confirmation Form

CRB/DBS information -All Full & Student Members of BAPT are expected to have a enhanced DBS/PVG check for their Play Therapy work. For Full members who are in private practice, details of how to obtain a CRB/DBS/PVG as an individual are available here” other organisations that offer individual CRB/DBS appplications are also available – just type DBS/CRB for individuals or PVG for individuals into your search engine.

Alternatively, please contact BAPT or complete the on-line information request form to receive BAPT membership forms.

Membership Renewals 2021

Annual renewal of your BAPT Membership is due on 1st October 2021 and renewal letters & forms  will be distributed early in Septenber. In accordance with the regulations of our Accreditation with PSA, Full Member Renewals must be completed by 15th October, if your renewal is not received by this date, your name will be removed from the online Register of Qualified Play Therapists, until such time as the renewal is completed. i.e. your name will be put back on the Register when you renew after this date.

In light of the pandemic situation through this last membership year, Reduced supervision levels will be accepted provided they are Pro rata to levels of work undertaken. This applies to all Membership categories.

Please note that the payment of your regular Standing Order or payment via Paypal or BACS doesn’t renew your Membership, you must complete the renewal form (and return it by  e-mail) before 15th October. You will find the form to download below:

Renewal Forms

Full Renewal Full Member Renewal Form blank

Full (NQT) Renewal Full (NQT Member Renewal Form blank

Student Renewal Student Member Renewal Form blank

Associate Renewal Associate-Member-Renewal-Form

Retired Member Renewal Retired renewal form

Approved Supervisors Approved Supervisors Renewal Form

Renewal fees can be paid here:

FMR001 Full membership renewal fee
+ Paypal process fee


Price: £163.00

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SMR001 Student membership renewal fee
+ Paypal process fee


Price: £40.00

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AR001 Associate renewal fee
+ Paypal process fee


Price: £57.00

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AR002 Associate renewal + journal overseas
+ Paypal process fee


Price: £75.00

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Retired Members renewal fee
+ Paypal process fee


Price: £37.00

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Approved Supervisors renewal fee
+ Paypal process fee


Price: £32.00

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to send my fee with my completed application form?
Individuals applying for Student or Retired Membership or to become an Associate need to enclose the relevant fee with their completed application form. However, those applying for Full Membership should not forward their membership fee until they have received notification that their application has been successful. All initial applicants must send the administrative fee of £10 with their completed paper membership form or after the on-line membership form has been submitted.

2. Do I need to send my Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Enhanced Disclosure PVG Cert with my completed application form?
Only individuals who are applying for Student or Full Membership need send Evidence of CRB/PVG Enhanced Disclosure documentation. For Full members who are in private practice, details of how to obtain a CRB/DBS/PVG as an individual are available here” other organisations that offer individual CRB/DBS/PVG appplications are also available – just type DBS/CRB for individuals into your search engine.

3. If my employer holds an up-to-date Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Enhanced Disclosure/PVG, will a letter from the employer confirming the details of my Enhanced Disclosure be sufficient?
No, in order to register as a BAPT Student or Full Member you are required to submit evidence of your CRB Enhanced Diclosure/PVG.

4. Can I receive Full Membership if I have completed a Play Therapy training that is not accredited by BAPT?
Individuals who have successfully completed a qualifying course in play therapy which is recognised and accredited by BAPT will be eligible to apply for Full Membership by completing the standard Full member application form . Overseas-trained applicants practicing in the UK will have to provide evidence of equivalence of their training qualification by completing the NAIRIC equivalency in addition to the Full membership application form and the portfolio Route to Full membership application form. The Portfolio Route to Full membership is intended as an alternative path to Full membership for practitioners who have completed a course of training which results in the Qualification of Play Therapist but is not accredited by BAPT, and / or who have substantial practice experience, and are currently practising in the UK. The portfolio route incurs a £200 ‘scrutiny fee’.
Click here to view BAPT accredited training courses.

5. How does BAPT define a student?
At present, students who are registered on BAPT accredited Play Therapy courses are the only individuals eligible for Student Membership.


6. How long does it take to process my application?
Applications for Full Membership, Student or Retired Membership or to become an Associate are normally processed within 2-3 weeks.

7. What fee should I pay if I apply half way through the year?
The membership year runs from October 1st to September 30th. Individuals whose applications are processed after April 1st in any year are eligible for discounts of 50%.

8. How do I change the category of my membership (i.e. from Student to Full Member)?
In order to change the status of their membership, individuals must complete the BAPT Membership Application Form for Full Membership and enclose the relevant additional documentation and information (please refer to Membership Application Form). baptmembershipformFULL ex Student

Student members who have completed their training but have not yet had official confirmation of their qualification should renew their membership as a Student and once their play therapy qualification has been confirmed, an application can then be made for Full Membership the fee paid for Student renewal will be deducted from the Full Membership Fee due. The fee for first year of Full Membership post Qualifying is at a reduced rate of £110.

9. Can I be a member of BAPT if I am not a British Citizen or not resident in Britain?
Any individual who is interested in Play Therapy may apply to join as an Associate, regardless of where they reside.  Any individual enrolled on a BAPT accredited qualifying course is is eligible to apply for Student Membership. Individuals who were previously Full Members of BAPT are eligible to apply for Retired Membership. Individuals who have successfully completed a qualifying course in Play Therapy which is recognised and validated by BAPT will be eligible to apply for Full Membership provided that they can produce documentary evidence of this, as well as evidence of a recent police check and written information relating to their supervision arrangements. Individuals who have trained overseas who are currently residing and working in the UK are also now eligible to apply for Full membership, via the BAPT Portfolio Route subject to evidence of equivalence of their professional training qualification, the provision of Embassy references and other criteria (see application document for specific requirements) Individuals who have a Play Therapy Qualificatiion from an course which is NOT accredited by BAPT can apply for Full members via the Portfolio Route.

10. What is considered appropriate supervision for full membership of BAPT? –  Please refer to Clinical Supervsion page of this website for detailed information.  Clinical Supervision

A Play Therapist’s practice, including their supervision, is governed by the BAPT document ‘Ethical Basis for Good Practice in Play Therapist’. This stipulates:

“All Play Therapists, including Supervisors, are required to receive on-going, appropriate, formal and regular supervision independently of their managerial relationships. Supervisors have a responsibility to maintain the good practice of Supervisees and to protect clients from harm and bad practice.

Supervision must be provided by an appropriately qualified and experienced Play Therapist, except where no such Play Therapist exists in the geographical region. In such circumstances the Play Therapist must receive supervision from an appropriately qualified and experienced Child Therapist.

Supervision must involve face to face contact, except in circumstances where physical distance between the Play Therapist and an available Supervisor precludes such contact.

Play Therapists must receive supervision adequate to maintaining their level of competency, functioning and good practice.”

Appeal against Unsuccessful Membership Applications:

If your application for Membership of BAPT is unsuccessful, you have the right to appeal against this decision. There are two grounds on which you can appeal:
1 – That the application procedure has not been correctly followed
2 – The application has not been fairly and properly assessed against the membership criteria

Disagreement with the decision or new information that you want to submit are not grounds for appeal.

How to appeal:
• You must send your appeal within two months of the date of the letter informing you that you were unsuccessful
• You should send your appeal in writing to the Chair of BAPT
• You should tell us why you are appealing (on which grounds)
• We cannot accept letters from third parties, such as your supervisor or line manager

What happens next:
• We will acknowledge receipt of your appeal letter
• Your appeal letter and all relevant documentation will be reviewed by an Appeals Assessor. This Assessor will be a BAPT Registered Member who is not a member of the Board and has been trained for this purpose. They will review the Document and make a decision as to whether the original decision was appropriate or not.
• They will then advise the BAPT Board of the outcome and we will then forward you their findings along with a copy of their report.
• The decision of the Appeals assesor is final.
• If your appeal is unsuccessful, you can still apply for Membership again, but you will have to wait until 12 months from the date of letter telling you that your Appeal was unsuccessful. If you send your application in before this date, we will return it to you. If you do apply again, remember to tell us about this on the application form and send copies of any letters requested. This will be treated as an entirely new application.

Further Information

For further general information and enquiries relating to BAPT membership, please contact BAPT.

If you have any issues with your membership please contact the membership secretary