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About Play Therapy

Many children need support in emotional literacy. Others have behaviour or mental health problems at some stage that prevents them from fulfilling their full potential. Some studies indicate that 20% of children have some form of psychological problem (Venables (1983);Rutter, Cox et al (1975); Jeffers & Fitzgerald (1991); Porteous (1991) etc) and that 70% of these are helped through the use of psychological based therapies such as play and creative arts. The 1999 British government survey estimated that 10% of children have a mental health problem. It is also essential to realise that mental health, like physical health, is as much about prevention as cure.

Modern play therapy is based upon principles developed by Virginia Axline.

Practitioners of play therapy and therapeutic play use a Play ‘Therapy Tool-Kit‘.

Conditions that therapeutic play and play therapy can help – a short check list – ‘Do you know a child who ……. ?’

Indications for Referral This short article is a very useful guide for parents, carers and other lay persons who may be worried about a child’s emotional condition and the desirability of referral for play therapy.

The Play Continuum shows how different applications of play can deal with a spectrum of children’s emotional, behaviour and mental health problems.

About Play Therapy United Kingdom

Play Therapy UK (PTUK) – the UK Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies Limited – is a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting the use of play and creative arts as ways of enabling children to reach their full potential. We are funded mainly by our membership subscriptions with fees for services provided and secondarily by philanthropic investments. We list below further pages that describe our philosophies, policies, activities etc:

For more constitutional details see Memorandum and Articles of Association and Standing Orders.