Upcoming courses for 2023/24 running across four venues – Galway, Cavan, Cork and Dublin. Contact us now to register your interest for the upcoming courses.
About Play Therapy Ireland
Play Therapy Ireland (PTIrl) – is a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting the use of play and creative arts therapies as ways of enabling children to reach their full potential. We are funded…
Purpose and Mission
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…
Training & Careers
PTIrl estimates that there is a latent need in Ireland for 1500 practitioners using therapeutic play, creative arts and play therapy skills. There are probably less than 200 therapists at present with…
Membership is available at various levels for anyone interested in working with children using play therapy and creative arts therapies. Play Therapy Ireland (PTIrl) is Ireland’s most…
Professional Standards Authority
About our site
Our site is intended to provide a complete information resource for therapeutic play, play therapy and creative arts therapies. We hope that you will find it useful and enjoy it!
The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (the NQAI) have approved the alignment of the APAC and the National University of Ireland play therapy training awards with the National Framework of Qualifications (the NFQ).
The only play therapy courses currently run in Ireland with valid University Post Graduate awards are the APAC courses which are delivered in a collaborative partnership with National University of Ireland and which have been approved by the NQAI as equivalent to HETAC level 9. Please check the status of any play therapy course you want to undertake with PTI on firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently Play Therapists are not regulated in Ireland and therefore do not have a register. However, PTIrl members are affiliated to PTUK and therefore we are members of the PTUK register and meet all the Professional Standards Authority PSA regulations and standards necessary to be on this register. The PSA promotes the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and is recognised as being in the forefront of health regulation worldwide. This means that members of the public and employers can choose a Play Therapist, a Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills or a Filial Play Coach belonging to a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, (PSA). for Health and Social Care. The PSA is the overseer of all Health and Social Care Professions in the UK.
Until Ireland has its own Government regulation of play therapists, the above register provides the de facto standards for PTIrl. see www.playtherapyregister.org.uk
The Play Therapy Ireland website is designed for everybody
The Play Therapy Ireland website is designed for everybody interested in helping children with emotional, behaviour or mental health problems including parents, carers, teaching staff, nurses, care workers, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, play therapists, paediatricians, students etc.