CPD Standards

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is an essential requirement for the revalidation of practitioners on the PSA Accredited Voluntary Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists managed by PTUK on behalf of PTI and its affiliated organisations - http://www.playtherapyregister.org.uk 

For more details please refer to: http://www.playtherapy.org.uk/Standards/PlayTherapyUKCompetencyFramework/CPD

Table of Contents

  • Three levels of CPD events
  • The CPD Categories
  • Short Courses on Professional Issues
  • Seminars and Conferences
  • Study for Further Qualifications
  • Assisting the Development of Others
  • Working Party / Advisory Board and other Meetings
  • Personal DevelopmentOther Resources

Three Levels of CPD Events

TitleDescription
A Post Qualifying (PQ) training course

These courses are:

  • the major way of acquiring new skills that complement initial training in play therapy
  • kite marked by a university to assure academic quality
  • subject to the PTUK/PTI four level model of quality assurance

Current subjects are: clinical supervision, filial play coaching and sand play therapy skills.

Because they are of at least 4 days in length and require practice hours they exempt participants from any further CPD in the year in which the course started. eg a course started 17/06/2012 exempts for the membership renewal on 1/2/2013.

An accredited event

These events:

  • are provided by a PTI/PTUK member
  • have been accredited to PTUK/PTI CPD standards of quality assurance
  • have CPD certificates issued by PTUK/PTI
  • meet the requirements of categories 1, 2 and 3
An approved event

These events:

  • are provided by a presenter who has a UK or international reputation, as judged by PTUK/PTI, in a field that is relevant to play therapy or its derivatives
  • have attendance certificates issued by the provider
  • meet the requirements of categories 1 and 2

At present an approved event has equivalence to an accredited one for CPD purposes

The CPD Categories

The activities must be selected from 3 or more categories, at least one of which must be from categories 1, 2 or 3. [N.B. The list of examples is not exhaustive]. 

Category
Conditions and Examples
Max Hours Allowed per year for CPD
1

Short Courses on Professional Issues

  1. Courses undertaken in areas of special interest or concern which are relevant to play therapy practice e.g. sandplay story-telling working with abuse, working with trauma, bereavement. These will normally be courses that are accredited by and registered with PTI/PTUK and at stage 4 of the PTUK Training Model. The course content must include competencies listed in the Profession Structure Model competency framework.
  2. Other approved courses are those delivered by presenters who have an international or national reputation in a related field eg Dr Alan Schore, Dr Dan Siegel, Dr Sue Gerhardt (We suggest that you check with PTUK about the acceptability of any event before booking)

Please provide the full title of the course, the CPD hours being claimed, and a copy of your attendance certificate in your membership renewal documentation.

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2

Seminars and Conferences

PTUK, PTI, (and affiliated organisations) seminars / conferences on topics relevant to play therapy practice, which may be organised locally, nationally or internationally, by individuals or organisations. eg 2012 PTUK Conference at Salomons. The programme must be approved by PTI/PTUK for CPD. 

Please provide the full title of the course, the CPD hours being claimed, with a copy of your attendance certificate with your membership renewal documentation.

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3

Study for Further Qualifications

Further award bearing training in a relevant professional field e.g. PQ Certificate in Play Therapy and Creative Arts Supervision, or MA in Practised Based Play Therapy. These will normally be Post Qualifying courses ‘kite marked’ by a university. The course content must include competencies listed in the Profession Structure Model competency framework. 

Attending an approved PQ course will exempt you from any other CPD activity during that year. Please provide the full title of the course, the name of the training provider, the date and the venue in your membership renewal documentation.

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4

Assisting the Development of Others

Designing and facilitating workshops; offering a training session or giving a talk at a conference; writing e.g. articles, book reviews, books (relevant to professional practice); published research; initiatives taken alone and in consultation with peers to create and develop new ideas relevant to therapeutic play, play therapy or creative arts therapies and making these available to others.

Please provide the full title of the workshops or papers etc, the CPD hours being claimed, the date and the venue/publication in your membership renewal documentation.

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5

Working Party / Advisory Board and other Meetings

Play therapy related meeting work, local or national consultation with colleagues leading to initiatives such as establishing local groups. Membership of committees where play therapy may be represented to others. Contribution to PTUK standards.

Eg representing PTUK as a stakeholder at NICE consultations, meetings with local commissioning groups to promote play therapy.

Please provide a list of these events, the CPD hours being claimed, the date and the venue in your membership renewal documentation.

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6

Personal Development

Participation in groups; learning new skills; Acquiring knowledge and new insights from reading, films, plays. (Personal therapy is not to be included).

Please provide a list of these activities, the CPD hours being claimed, the date and the venue in your membership renewal documentation.

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