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Continuing Professional Development C.P.D

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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 Approved Supervisors and Retired Members who are still Supervisors  are required to complete 10 CPD hours per year, direct & indirect.

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 on Play therapy qualifying courses.

2. 6 hours of CPD indirectly related Play Therapy training:
For example
• Providing clinical supervision
• Personal therapy
• Peer group discussion
• Reading articles
• Developing play therapy through committees
• Other training for self – eg, Child Protection, supporting parents
• Other teaching/workshops related to Play Therapy for other professionals/workers.

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 visit:

BAPT Full members
The BAPT CPD Portfolio indicates that qualified and experienced Play Therapists should receive different amounts of supervision according to the level of monthly workload and the intensity of the work i.e. the number of children and frequency of sessions with each child. These guidelines are provided as a minimum recommendation for safe play therapy practice.
BAPT Play Therapists remain responsible for ensuring that they receive the appropriate level of clinical supervision for their individual workload – if their overall practice hours increase, they should consider with their clinical supervisor whether they need to increase the level of supervision beyond the minimum requirement outlined here. This is an important clinical judgment to be made in conjunction with their supervisor.

Category A: 1-5 children per month = inminimum of 4 hours supervision in any 12month period

Category B: 6-10 children per month= minimum of 8 hours supervision in any 12month period

Category C: 11-15 children per month = minimum of 12 hours supervision in any 12month period

Category D: 16-20 children per month = minimum of 18 hours supervision in any 12month period
Note: children per month means regular cases or number of children per month in a regular Play therapy or Filial therapy group.

It is the responsibility of the Play Therapist to inform the workplace of the need for clinical supervision and to ensure that it is sufficient to meet their own and their clients’ needs. Complex cases usually need more liaison, record-keeping and possibly, supervision time.

NOTE: Clinical Supervisiors and managers of services not practising play therapy but providing supervision should undergo clinical supervision in line with agency policy. This should be in line with BAPT Code of Good Practice in Play therapy (2008).

• Probationary year following qualification

The BAPT CPD Portfolio requires newly qualified Play Therapists to undergo a probationary period for twelve months from the point of beginning practice. During this first year of play therapy practice BAPT requires a minimum of 24 hours clinical supervision for newly qualified members. BAPT suggests a ratio for newly qualified practitioners of 1: 6 supervision to session hours.
This indicative ratio reflects an assumption that newly qualified play therapists will not be carrying excessive caseloads in their first year of practice. It is the responsibility of the Play Therapist to inform their workplace of the need for minimum supervision hours and to negotiate with employers to ensure that there is sufficient time allowed to develop reflective practice. There is no expectation that newly qualified members will need to receive more than 6 hours clinical practice per calendar month.

Student supervision
During Play therapy training, students are required to undergo more regular and intensive supervision to support their professional understanding and development.
Students completing the 100 clinical hour requirement as part of their qualifying programme are required to complete 50 clinical supervision hours. Students under this requirement will experience a ratio of 1:2 – 1 clinical supervision hour for every 2 hours of clinical practice hours. BAPT believes that this most effectively supports students in their professional development during training.

Format of supervision
Telephone/Webcam usage: Clinical supervision will usually involve face-to-face supervision, except where geographic location significantly precludes this. In such circumstances, telephone or webcam supervision will be accepted. Email and paper only formats are not accepted as part of supervision. The professional guildelines for Skype/webcam/telephone supervision are the same as for face to face supervision. This type of supervision must be supplemented with some audio or video sections of the session and/or written details of the supervisee’s clinical practice.

Group Supervision: Group supervision will not include more than four supervisees. Group supervision will be calculated by the addition of one half of the required supervision i.e. 1.5 group supervision hours are equivalent to 1 individual supervision hour. 3 group supervision hours are equivalent to 2 individual supervision hours.

Peer Supervision: Peer supervision is only accepted for qualified Play Therapists who have completed a minimum of 5000 post qualifying Play Therapy hours. Peer supervision must be used in addition to individual or group supervision; Play Therapists cannot only be supervised through peer supervision. This mode of supervision will only include members of similar experience – lesser experienced members cannot receive supervision as part of a peer supervision group.

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
find a qualified play therapist.asp

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.

Safeguarding Training

The following sites offer safeguarding Training appropriate for Therapists.



Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust –

E learning for Healthcare –

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(Updated September 2014)