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Our site is intended to provide a complete information resource for the psychosocial support of children through therapeutic play, play therapy, creative arts therapies and filial play. We hope that you will find it useful and enjoy it!

The site 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.

The latest practice outcomes research by PTI members, based on over 10000 cases shows that over 74% of children show a positive change in their total difficulties following play therapy - see news.

South Africa currently has approximately 600 professionals trained to do Play Therapy at tertiary level that will be permitted to attend the conversion courses.

Train as a Certified Play Therapist. There are two routes. 1) Obtain an International licence to practice by attending the 15 days training for the post grad cert and 15 days for the post grad dip and fulfilling the course requirements. 2) As 1) but in addition obtain status with Masters points that lead to The MA in Practice Based Play Therapy as approved for 8 yrs in the UK.

Courses available in South Africa


First South African Conference in Play Therapy

And Internationally Accredited Training

"Safe play, with a South African footprint"

Venue: No 3 TMI Building 3rd Floor

Corner Empire Road and Joubert Street
Park Town

06 October 2016 Play Therapy
07-21 October 2016 Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills including Conversion Course
23-27 October 2016 Supervisor Course

2016 SAPTI Conference “safe play, with a South African footprint”
Play Therapy International South Africa in partnership with Play Therapy International have collaborated with an objective to develop Play Therapy in South Africa as a distinct profession, that promotes safe, ethical, effective practice of Play Therapy while maintaining its South African identity hence the theme: "Safe play, with a South African footprint"

For more information on the conference and course please contact BIOPT offices at (+27)114626125
Mondays and Fridays only

Download the Flyer HERE!

See The Approaches to Play Therapy by the two main professional organisations.

Participants successfully completing the Diploma course and practice requirements will become Certified Play Therapists. The programme, which conforms to international standards, is accredited by: Play Therapy International and accredited at level leading to an MA in practice based play therapy. Approved and delivered under the auspices of Play Therapy International South Africa. Participants who are already qualified professionals such as Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers etc may exit at the Certificate stage. For more details see Training.

Play therapy is starting to attract training providers, in South Africa, who are offering a number of short courses. These are usually not validated by a university, do not provide the option of a university academic award, do not lead to certification by a recognised professional organisation and only cover a fraction of the skills and experience that is needed to work effectively and safely with children. Unless they provide specialist training to extend your existing accredited qualifications for working with children.

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