Becoming an Accredited Play Therapist Member

Accredited membership is only open to members who meet the very stringent standards required by IAPTP. These include requirements in relation to training, extensive clinical practice experience, clinical supervision to required ratios with suitably qualified and experienced supervisors and engagement in ongoing continuing professional development activities.  Some play therapists are psychotherapists, other are not. Therefore, there are 2 routes to training depending on whether the applicant is or is not already as a qualified psychotherapist, counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist when beginning their play therapy training. Criteria for each of these routes is detailed in the relevant Bye Laws: see links below.

  • Route 1 for those with a previous Mental Health Qualification who have undertaken an additional Play Therapy Specific Training course. Bye Law 8
  • Route 2 for those who have undertaken a full Play Therapy Core Training and who have suitable undergraduate training and experience. Such undergraduate training and experience tends to be in areas such as (but not exhaustively) psychology, social science, social studies, education, early childhood care & education, nursing, youth work etc.  Bye Law 9
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The Accreditation Committee process applications twice each year: April and October. Applications must be received well in advance of each meeting. Accreditation is granted for a five year period and may be renewed by demonstrating that reaccreditation criteria have been met.

Application forms, and associated documents can be downloaded here:

Accreditation Application Route 1, Bye Law 8

Accreditation Application Route 2, Bye Law 9

  1. Supervisor Report Form
  2. Sample Clinical Practice Log
  3. Sample Supervision Log
  4. Sample Personal Therapy Log and Verification
  5. Statement of Practice Guidelines

Word versions are available by emailing and stating which files you require.


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