Introduction - The Need for
Practitioners of Therapeutic Play
PTC estimates that there is a latent need in Canada for between 6000
practitioners using therapeutic play, creative arts and play therapy
skills. There are probably less than 500 therapists at present with the
level of expertise that is required, so there are plenty of potential
We encourage new entrants to the profession and professionals with
existing experience of working therapeutically with adults or others who
have experience of working with children.
PTC has adopted pro-tem a Career Development Map and a four
stage training model as a part of the Profession Structure Model
originally developed by PTUK. These
provide considerable flexibility in terms of previous career background
and aspirations to cater for as many people as possible wishing to
become play therapy practitioners.
Entry to the Play Therapy
Other major source of information about play
therapy as a career are the
Profession Structure Model (PSM), the
Competencies and a
Profile of a Play Therapist Competencies pages.