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Play Therapist

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A play therapist usually works with children aged between 3 and 11 years of age, and sometimes teenagers, 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

Play therapists with the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change scales and start at Band 6, £27,635 to £37,000 a year. With experience this rises to Band 7, £32,974 to £43,471 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2018.

Some play therapists are qualified in another profession, such as teaching or social work, so pay scales may relate to those jobs.

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
2018
1430
1.5 %
RISE
2023
1452
  United Kingdom
2018
21839
2.1 %
RISE
2023
22304

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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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