Welcome To

The Play Therapy Ireland

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).

Looking for a play therapist in Ireland?

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 contact@ptiworldwide.org

Introduction

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

Who is APAC?

APAC (Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy) is the organisation the runs the course here in Ireland. APAC is based in England and run Play Therapy courses all over the world. At present, the courses are run in Dublin, Cork and in NUIGalway in the summer.
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 contact@ptiworldwide.org

Affiliated Organisations

Play Therapy International (PTI) Play Therapy Australasia (PTAU)
Play Therapy UK (PTUK) Play Therapy New Zealand (PTNZ)
Play Therapy Hong Kong (PTHK) Play Therapy Canada (PTC)
Play Therapy Singapore (PTSG) & other PTI organisations

A warm welcome from CEO Bernie Kelleher, to the Play Therapy Ireland Website

You can contact Bernie at bbkells@gmail.com or on 087 6694227.

Bernie Kelleher: Garda vetting . For forms or queries contact her on Bernie at bbkells@gmail.com or on 087 6694227.

Bernie Kelleher: Queries re PTUK contact bbkells@gmail.com

If you would like to attend peer support meetings there are subcommittees around the country. you can contact

Helga Behan for Dublin meetings

sunflowertherapycentre@gmail.com

Marion Connell for Naas meetings

marian.connell1@gmail.com

Linsey Mc Nelis for Galway

ptwestcommittee@gmail.com