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Specialist terms:

Clinical Supervision

This is an essential requirement for the quality assurance of our Registrants’ work.
This is our ‘Front line quality inspection process’.
PTUK sets standards for the training of Supervisors and how supervision is managed.
Clinical. Do not use a therapist at any level who does not receive clinical supervision to our standards.

Clinical governance

This is the heath care professions term for quality management. All of our Registrants, including trainees have to measure their results and activities on a regular basis, compare them to PTUK’s national guidelines and report them to us.

Do not use a therapist at any level who does not carry out their own clinical audit to our standards.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

This is the process by which Registrants keep themselves up-to-date.

They are required to undertake 30 hours CPD a year in various categories. For more information. (Note: we used to have the table of CPD requirements on our CPD page but since the list of courses it seems to have gone missing)
Title Explanations

Certified Play Therapist

Qualified and experienced in working with individual, or groups of children, who have mild to severe emotional, behaviour or mental health problems. May work for organisations such as schools, social services or primary health care or practice privately as independent practitioners. Has been trained at Post Graduate Diploma level with a minimum of 200 hours of clinically supervised practice. Receives a minimum of one and a half hours of clinical supervision per month with an approved PTUK supervisor, whilst practising and conforms to PTUK’s standards of clinical governance and annual requirements for Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Accredited Play Therapist

Certified Play Therapists who have over 450 hours clinically supervised practice experience.

Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills

Qualified and experienced in working with individual children, who have mild emotional, behaviour or mental health problems. Work for organisations such as schools, social services or primary health care often in a multiple role such as 'Teaching Assistant With Therapeutic Play Skills', 'Social Worker With Therapeutic Play Skills', 'Nurse With Therapeutic Play Skills'.

Has been trained at Post Graduate Certificate level with a minimum of 100 hours of clinically supervised practice. Receives a minimum of one and a half hours of clinical supervision per month with a PTUK approved supervisor, whilst practising and conforms to PTUK’s standards of clinical governance and annual requirements for Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Filial Play Coach

Coaches parents and carers to improve parent/child relationships and help to improve attachment issues using play. Has been trained at Post Qualifying level with a minimum of 50 hours of clinically supervised practice as a Filial Play Coach. Receives a minimum of one and a half hours of clinical supervision per month, whilst practising and conforms to PTUK’s standards of clinical governance and annual requirements for Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Certified Supervisor of Play and Creative Arts Therapists

Qualified and experienced in the essential role of clinically supervising Play Therapists, Practitioners in Therapeutic Play Skills and Filial Play Coaches. This involves quality assurance on a monthly basis, education and support of their supervisees.

Trainee

Undertaking a Post Graduate Certificate course accredited by PTUK to become a Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills. Receives a minimum of 1 hour of clinical supervision for every 6 hours of practice from a PTUK approved supervisor.

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