Formation and Inception of the Irish Play Therapy Community Association

Established in 2020 and officially formed in 2021, the Irish Play Therapy Community Association emerged with the goal of unifying Play Therapists in Ireland, fostering a community rooted in the Irish context.

Vision and Values of the Association

Our organization envisions a cohesive community that recognizes and respects the individuality, creativity, and innovation of its members. Embracing openness and kindness, the association seeks to create an environment conducive to the growth of Play Therapists.

Promoting High Standards of Practice

The primary objective of the Association is to cultivate and uphold high standards of practice, catering to both aspiring students and Certified Play Therapists. Those in the process of accreditation with training bodies are encouraged to persevere in their pursuit.

Adherence to Professional Standards

In line with other Play Therapy organizations, members are expected to fulfill requirements such as Garda vetting, Continuous Professional Development (C.P.D.), and Supervision. These measures ensure the maintenance of professional standards within the association.

Emphasizing Personal Well-being and Therapy

Recognizing the interconnectedness of personal well-being and professional practice, members are encouraged to consider personal therapy to enhance their emotional well-being. This, in turn, contributes to a more robust and effective practice of Play Therapy, echoing the words of Abraham Maslow: “We may define therapy as a search for value.”

Invitation to a Supportive and Inclusive Community

The Irish Play Therapy Community Association extends a warm welcome to all Play Therapists, inviting them to join a supportive and inclusive community. Open to professionals at all stages of their careers, the association aims to provide a nurturing space for collaboration and growth.

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