24th March – BAPT Interim advice Click to download – BAPT COVID19 FINAL 1
24th March – Chair’s message to members
Firstly, I hope you are all well and safe. What strange and challenging times we are in.
BAPT have been working hard to respond to the continuous changes in Government guidance and directives around Covid19. As an interim measure, BAPT would like to issue the following guidance about the impact on therapeutic work with children and families. BAPT are aware that the most recent Government announcement of complete ‘lockdown’ for the UK means face to face therapy work is no longer an option, however we would like to offer the following guidance as an interim guidance about Play Therapy practice. BAPT COVID19 FINAL This will be under review by the Professional Practice subcommittee and the BoD. Special thanks to Lynne Borrowdale (Chair of PR and Communication) and Donne Benson (Chair of Professional Practice) for writing this document.
In essence, BAPT would like to remind all their members to continue to practice within their skills and competencies and keeping the child’s best interests at the heart of all decision making processes. Adhering to BAPT Ethical Basis for Play Therapy and safeguarding procedures is paramount.
Take good care and we hope you are safe and well.
Ruth Lazarus, Chair of Directors, BAPT
Other Updates will be emailed, posted on the same webpage, and we’ll also be updating via our social media feeds below.
The BAPT Board has been monitoring the situation and following Government advice, however given the uncertainty around the Coronavirus situation in the UK at the moment, the BAPT Board felt that in the interest of ethical and social responsibility to members and the wider community this was the only option at this time.
We will be re-arranging Conference for a later date and will keep you advised.
All categories of membership are due for Renewal on 1st October – emails will be sent to all current members by 17th September. Please remember that payment of the fee alone doesn’t automatically renew your Membership, you must complete a renewal form and return it by post or e-mail by the date on the form.
Full Members Supervision Hours confirmation
BAPT Members should keep a record of Supervision hours to comply with BAPT CPD requirements.
Please submit your supervisor’s signature/confirmation of Supervision hours AT THE SAME TIME as the renewal form i.e. either completed on the form itself, or as an attachment to the form (a copy of an email from your supervisor confirming the hours etc, or if you use a form/log to record sessions that can be submitted) BUT PLEASE ENSURE THIS IS SENT TO US WITH YOUR RENEWAL FORM either by post or email. (This will help us to reduce our admin time significantly)
We will not be able to process any forms without the appropriate Supervisors Confirmation, this will delay your membership being processed, and may result in the deadline being missed.
Please remember that PSA Accreditation means that BAPT is Accredited as a register holder and that requires individual members to follow PSA Guidance on what this means as an individiual, please click the following link: What does it mean for BAPT Members to be on a Professional Standards Authority accrediated register
Downloadable joint logo is available here: PSA-BAPT logo’s
PSA Accreditation Renewal
We are currently engaged in the re-accreditation process for this year, which again whilst not an onorous task, is a time consiuming one for an already busy group of people. We’ll keep you updated on the outcome!
The Professional Standards Authority have produced a promotional video called ‘Let’s Work Together’ which is now available to use and publish to promote the PSA and our register. The video makes direct reference to Play Therapy as a profession and could be very helpful in demonstrating the quality assurance that being on an accredited register brings. Please feel free to spread the word. Click below for the link:
Family concerns Play Therapy
A number of Members have been in contact with us regarding contact being made by this organisation asking if they would like to advertise in a magazine – If you are thinking of advertising as a Play Therapist in a magazine or directory you should always ask for details of circulation and a couple of past copies (most can send these electronically). You should also contact a couple of the advertisers to check out whether the service received has been satisfactory. We advise members to always ask to see artwork before it goes into the magazine so you can proof and do not pay up front – wait until you have been sent a printed copy of the magazine/directory with your advert in.
CRB/DBS for Private Practice
For members who are in private practice, details of how to obtain a CRB/DBS as an individual are available here
DBS Services, contact number 07500334404, email email@example.com
http://www.charitybackroom.org.uk/crb-checks-for-individuals-and-the-self-employed” other organisations that offer individual CRB/DBS appplications are also available – just type DBS/CRB for individuals into your search engine.
The Members Area is available to Full, Student and Retired Members. All such members will be automatically sent an access password via the email address they have on record. Access to this area expires if you do not renew your BAPT membership each year.
Please help us to make this area fulfil your needs by providing feedback on:
What would you like it to contain?
Would a chat room/bulletin board be a valuable extra for members? (would you envisage using it to have onsite debates/exchanges of practice ideas with your colleagues?)
What about links to relevant suppliers (E.G. Of therapeutic books/toys)?
Would an online newsfeed service be of interest to you whereby you could track up-to-the-minute media references to play therapy, children’s mental health, etc?
Your feedback will help us to tailor the site to your needs & ensure members’ money is not wasted on services that will not be utilised. Please have your say!