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Play Therapist

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A play therapist usually works with children between the ages of 3 and 11, exploring their feelings through play, so that they can cope with past, present and future problems. These could have been caused by difficult experiences such as abuse, bereavement, illness or disability.

The Work

You would:

Pay

Since play therapists work in social services, education and healthcare settings, salaries are varied.

In general, salaries can start at between £23,000 and £31,000 a year, rising with experience to around £35,000 or more.

Play therapists with the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change scale Band 6, £30,401 to £38,046 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2019.

Those in private practice earn between £45 and £90 an hour.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You can find jobs with the NHS, social services, family centres and schools. There are also opportunities with the voluntary sectors and charities such as Children 1st.

Some play therapists work freelance for several organisations and run a private practice alongside.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
1391
1.1 %
RISE
2024
1406
  United Kingdom
2019
21873
1.8 %
RISE
2024
22257

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy
Tel: 01825 761143
Website: http://www.apac.org.uk/
Twitter: @APACPlaytherapy

British Association of Play Therapists
Tel: 01932 828638
E-mail: info@bapt.uk.com
Website: http://www.bapt.info
Twitter: @playtherapy_BA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BAPT1992

PTUK (UK Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies)
Tel: 01825 761143
E-mail: contact@apac.org.uk
Website: http://www.playtherapy.org.uk
Twitter: @APACPlaytherapy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playtherapyuk/

With Kids
Tel: 0141 550 5770
Tel (2): 0131 453 6937
Website: http://www.withkids.org.uk/
Twitter: @withkidsscot
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withkids/

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