Competency Categories and Profiles

The Professional Structure Model (PSM) contains a database of competencies, which is maintained by Play Therapy International (PTI) in collaboration with its affiliated member organisations including Play Therapy Ireland.  The competencies are grouped in five categories – see below.

Competency profiles may be easily produced from it by selecting the appropriate competencies required for any post involving therapeutic work with children.  For example the competencies required by a Learning Assistant using therapeutic play skills to develop emotional literacy will be different from a Nurse working in a children’s hospital which will be different again from an experienced Play Therapist working with behaviour and mental health problems in a variety of settings.

PTIrl produces recommended competency profiles for its members upon request.  These may then be used as a basis for producing job descriptions, person specifications and the design of training programmes.  They may also be extended or amended to suit the organisation’s specific requirements.

Example of a Competency Profile – Play Therapist

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Categories of Competencies
Enabling Competencies required to enable therapy to take place
Therapeutic The different types of interventions/’tools’ that a therapist uses
Support & Settings More specialised competencies required to support other professionals, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, teachers and for specific settings
Quality Management Competencies required to use clinical governance
Management Competencies to manage resources including the therapists own time and finance (Practice management)