Whatever happens in the therapeutic space remains confidential.
Children require limits and boundaries in any relationship to feel safe and accepted.
In the therapeutic environment, Children are expected to respect boundaries which relate to keeping them safe, keeping the therapist safe and the toys safe. During a child’s play time, they are allowed to be messy, are encouraged to explore, doing something in a specific or directed way is not required.
The therapist in no way controls what the child does or how they do it.
Limits are set to prevent children doing harm to themselves, the toys or the therapist.
Limits are set in order to help the child learn responsibility for self and self-control.
Limits are set in a way which validates the child’s feelings/desire, communicates the limit and gives alternatives i.e. “It would be fun to cut the dolls hair. The scissors are for cutting paper. You can cut the paper with the scissors or use your finger to cut the dolls hair.” This then allows the child to learn the concept of self-control and making choices, rather than an adult attempting to control their behaviour.
The Therapist is under constant clinical supervision of a PTI/ PTUK Clinical Supervisor.
Play Therapy UK sets guidelines for the safety of children attending play therapy. Each PTUK member complies with all of these:
- Have an up-to-date, enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
- Have completed or be undertaking a play therapy training programme recognized by PTUK
- Be receiving clinical supervision of their play therapy practice
- Conduct the sessions in a safe environment
- Work within the PTUK ethical framework www.playtherapy.org.uk
- Have adequate professional indemnity and public liability insurance
- Practice clinical governance (Professional Standards Association) regulation.
- Hold a current PTUK membership and registration www.playtherapyregister.org.uk
- Is undertaking regular professional training known as CPD to keep up-to-date