Play therapist apprenticeship

Improve children’s mental health, emotional wellbeing, learning capabilities and social relationships

Working within the education and social care setting, your aim is to help improve children’s mental health, emotional wellbeing, learning and social relationships using therapeutic play and a wide range of media and resources. Examples of play could include sand worlds, clay, puppets, messy play, water, painting, dressing up and stories. Play therapy is essentially a non-talking therapy as children often cannot or will not talk about their problems, so you will need plenty of patience and a caring nature. You’ll communicate with the child using the media they have chosen and base your therapy on the child’s behaviour through the session. During the play therapist apprenticeship you’ll interact with children, their parents or carers and professionals concerned with the child’s welfare


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: English, drama

Entry requirements for the play therapist apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely a level 6 qualification and a minimum of two years’ experience of working with children

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Higher)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £26,000

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