The British Association of Play Therapists was the first governing body to represent Play Therapists in the UK. We train and supervise our BAPT Registered Play Therapists® to the highest possible clinical standards and competencies.
Find out more about our qualifications and training courses, taster days and publications.
BAPT Play Therapy qualification
The Masters level play therapy training, offers comprehensive training in psychoanalysis, human growth and development, child development, attachment theories, neuroscience, the development and functions of play, post-traumatic play, developmental trauma, mental health conditions, infant observation, as well as child-centred play therapy knowledge skills and techniques.
BAPT Play Therapist job description
This provides an overview of the role of a play therapist. A professionally trained Play Therapist works to help a child to gain insight and understanding of their experiences, increasing emotional resilience and developing coping strategies while decreasing problematic behaviours and internalised conflicts.
Taster days and short courses
Taster days and short courses provide an introduction into the field of play therapy where you can learn and experience some of the practical skills required.
For those of you who are not yet a Play Therapist, the first port of call to read our book. Also, BAPT offers a wide range of research journals.
BAPT conference 2023
Every year BAPT holds a conference where we get to hear from experts in the field of play therapy, exploring the latest research and techniques. It is also a chance to meet fellow play therapists and professionals to share knowledge, learning and new perspectives.
Post qualifying training
Continuing Professional Development training enables you to stay up to date with research and key theories, keeping your practice contemporary and in line with current legislation and techniques.