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Introduction - The Need for Practitioners of Therapeutic Play
PTC estimates that there is a latent need in Canada for between 6000 - 10000 practitioners using therapeutic play, creative arts and play therapy skills. There are probably less than 500 therapists at present with the level of expertise that is required, so there are plenty of potential career opportunities.

We encourage new entrants to the profession and professionals with existing experience of working therapeutically with adults or others who have experience of working with children.

PTC has adopted pro-tem a Career Development Map  and a four stage training model as a part of the Profession Structure Model originally developed by PTUK. These provide considerable flexibility in terms of previous career background and aspirations to cater for as many people as possible wishing to become play therapy practitioners.

Entry to the Play Therapy Profession

Other major source of information about play therapy as a career are the Profession Structure Model (PSM), the  Competencies and  a  Profile of a Play Therapist Competencies pages.

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