COMPETENCE PROFILE FOR THERAPEUTIC PLAY SKILLS PRACTITIONER
Expectations for practitioners, Play Therapy therapists
52 Understands what is required of play and creative arts therapy practitioners by an existing self-regulatory professional body or one that maintains an approved voluntary register for the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
53 Liaises, where appropriate, with other professionals, support staff, patients, clients and users, as well as their relatives and carers.
Skills required in clinical practice (supporting competences)
101 Demonstrates an understanding of the importance of play in human development.
104 Collaborates constructively with parents/carers and others, e.g. teachers, social workers and nurses.
105 Takes responsibility for the physical safety of wards and staff.
106 Obtains satisfactory police / CRB screening results.
107 Uses appropriate materials and equipment in the playroom.
125 Identifies personal problems that arise as a result of sessions with clients, clinical supervision and training; takes appropriate measures, such as personal therapy, to deal with them.
130 Manages the equipment needed for therapeutic intervention.
131 Manages supplies needed for therapeutic intervention.
132 Manages a playroom for therapeutic purposes.
140 Uses knowledge of psychopharmacology in working with children using play therapy and its derivatives.
201 Adapts and applies the continuum of therapeutic play.
204 Takes responsibility for child protection matters.
214 Takes responsibility for the emotional safety of clients.
216 Attends meetings of a number of institutions involved in client work.
221 Practises in accordance with the ethical principles approved by PTUK/PTI.
224 Manages the consultation process with parents, referrers and children.
225 Performs clinical assessment, including referring the patient further if necessary.
250 He develops and applies his own personal framework of sound theoretical references to play therapy and its derivatives.
300 Agrees the therapeutic contract with all stakeholders.
301 Implements the therapeutic contract satisfactorily.
302 Renegotiates the therapeutic contract satisfactorily.
507 Ensures that the practice complies with the law and statutory requirements.
808 During therapy sessions, she communicates in the mother tongue of the country in which she is practising and uses an interpreter for other meetings if necessary.
Therapeutic competence for play therapy practitioners
100 Establishes a successful therapeutic relationship.
108 Uses therapeutic stories as a play therapy intervention, created specifically for a particular child to achieve a specific therapeutic goal.
109 Uses clay as a play therapy intervention.
111 Uses other materials in play therapy.
112 Uses drama or role play as a play therapy intervention.
113 Uses art (drawing and painting) as a play therapy intervention.
114 Uses puppets in play therapy.
115 The use of games in play therapy.
116 Using sand play as a play therapy intervention.
117 Uses music as an intervention in play therapy.
118 Using movement as an intervention in play therapy.
119 Uses creative visualisation as an intervention in play therapy.
122 Uses appropriate touch, for therapeutic purposes, with the child's permission.
150 Uses masks as a play therapy intervention.
151 Uses dress-up as a play therapy intervention.
202 Uses metaphors and symbols to facilitate the therapeutic process.
203 Applies an appropriate level of theoretical underpinning to therapeutic play.
205 Sets appropriate boundaries.
206 Uses the appropriate level of attachment theory in their practice.
207 Uses a non-directive approach to play therapy.
208 Uses a non-evaluative approach with reflective commentary.
209 Uses a non-interpretive approach to therapeutic play during sessions.
210 Builds an appropriate therapeutic alliance with clients, family and network.
211 Develops and works with appropriate beginnings and endings.
213 Uses body psychotherapy methods, including relaxation and breathing exercises.
240 Uses ceremonies and rituals as an intervention in play therapy.
460 Responds appropriately to an aggressive/behaving child during a play therapy session.
461 Responds appropriately to passive/ withdrawn child during play therapy sessions.
700 Plans therapy sessions according to the approach used.
804 Makes informed clinical decisions in relation to the client.
Practice management competencies
200 Defines and regularly reviews scope of practice (at least annually).
219 Maintains confidentiality and complies with the requirements of data protection legislation.
223 Takes responsibility for his/her own personal development, including training and professional development through self-directed learning throughout his/her career.
227 Manages personal workload, within scope of practice, to work safely.
601 Information Technology - Understands the operation of a computer operating system and uses basic commands and functions, commands and functions. Is aware of compatibility issues.
605 Information Technology - using Word and Text Processing applications at an appropriate level to communicate and report.
608 Information technology - using presentation software to make effective presentations.
609 Information technology - creating an effective basic presentation using software such as PowerPoint....
611 Information technology - Use of spreadsheets to record and analyse clinical data, case management, clinical governance.
613 Information technology - Uses email to communicate.
614 Information technology - Uses the Internet to find information to help apply play therapy, including research materials.
805 Ensures that decisions on service provision are made.
806 Makes and contributes to strategic decisions that affect play therapy services.
807 Prepares management reports.
810 Use of referral procedures.
Clinical governance (quality management competence)
218 Ensures quality management of therapeutic activities with a focus on client satisfaction.
750 Uses an appropriate model to present cases and other information in an effective format for clinical supervision.
Competencies required to apply play therapy in specific settings.
510 Effectively applies therapeutic play in the school environment, taking into account the school's objectives.
511 Effectively applies therapeutic play in the hospital environment, taking into account the hospital's objectives.
512 Effectively applies therapeutic play in a primary care setting, taking into account the aims of the centre.
513 Uses effective therapeutic play in the care home, taking into account the goals of the facility.
514 Uses effective therapeutic play in a social care setting, taking into account the aims of the setting.
Competence in the use of play therapy in specific settings in children with SDQ scores between 11-21 and mild to moderate difficulties.
402 Evaluates and applies play therapy interventions to children who have problems with settling.
403 Assesses and applies play therapy interventions with children who have learning and communication difficulties.
404 Assesses and applies play therapy interventions with children who have autism and developmental disorders (Asperger's syndrome, Rett syndrome, Heller syndrome).
405 Evaluates and applies play therapy to children with behaviour problems.
407 Evaluates and applies play therapy interventions with children who have problems with attention and psychomotor hyperactivity (including ADHD).
408 Evaluates and applies play therapy interventions to children with anxiety and distress.
409 Evaluates and applies play therapy interventions with children who have repetition problems. (obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette's syndrome, complex repetitive rituals, hair pulling, nail biting, simple motor and vocal tics).
412 Evaluates and applies play therapy interventions with children who have mood problems.
415 Assesses and applies play therapy interventions with children who have suffered physical abuse.
416 Assesses and applies play therapy interventions with children who have suffered emotional abuse and neglect.
417 Assesses and applies play therapy interventions to children who have experienced sexual violence (CSA).
418 Assesses and applies play therapy interventions with children who need to adjust to foster care.
419 Evaluates and applies play therapy interventions with children who need to adjust to situations of separation and divorce.
420 Evaluates and applies play therapy interventions to children who are bereaved.
421 Evaluates and applies play therapy interventions with children who have problems with attachment trauma.
423 Evaluates and applies play therapy interventions with children who have selective mutism.