Various sources suggest that 20% of primary school pupils have an emotional, behaviour or mental health problem that impedes their learning and sometimes results in disrupted classes.
An evidence base, built over the last 12 years using actual practice data from over a thousand primary school, shows that between 77% and 84% of those receiving play therapy delivered to Play Therapy UK standards show a positive change, as observed by teachers and parents. Now with over 20,000 measures, the evidence base is highly reliable.
If your school is not using play therapy, you have three options:
I ) Contact your nearest PTUK registrant to see if one is available: www.playtherapyregister.org.uk
2) Apply for a PTUK Trainee placement. There is no fee – your school just has to provide a suitable room for the sessions with the children and some materials and basic equipment. During a year you will see how successful Play Therapy can be for your school. We have over 300 new trainees each year but it depends upon one being available in your area.
3) If you can find annual funding of about £5000 the best solution is to send one of your teaching staff to be trained as a Registered Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills and a Registered Play Therapist.
You can also experience how play therapy works and how we train by attending a one-day ‘Introduction to Play Therapy’ course held at 12 convenient venues throughout the UK. Phone: 01825 761143 to book.
More information: www.playtherapy.org.uk
If you would like to discuss these options in more detail please email Monika at: