Play Therapy Canada
A Profession Structure Model
Structure Model (PSM) builds upon the
Therapeutic Play Continuum,
to include a competency framework, which provides detailed guidance for play
management, training and development, career structure and
succession/staffing planning, recruitment and selection, skills analysis,
CPD, appraisal and remuneration grading and performance assessment as well
as further clarification of the various roles in the profession.
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Private and public sector organisations have been developing and using competencies and competency frameworks for about 20 years. Originally competency based criteria were developed for very specific applications – one set for designing training programmes, another as a basis for remuneration scale grading etc rather as PTUK had first conceived the Play Continuum as a communications tool. However it was soon realised that a competency framework could be applied across a full range of human resource processes. Play Therapy International (PTI) believed in 2003 that it might be extended to a full range of professional processes, as has since been proved.
A common set of criteria for all professional processes has two main benefits:
PTI & PTC believes that ‘quality management’, perhaps better expressed as ‘clinical governance’, is fundamental to play and creative arts therapies. It is as important as safety and indeed complete safety cannot exist without clinical governance. Although outcome measures are paramount in clinical governance they are not always obtainable and therefore it is our view that activities, which can always be observed, should be compared to agreed standards – a competency framework.
Sometimes there is confusion between ‘competence’ and ‘competency’. We are using the term ‘Competence’ as an ability based on work tasks or job outputs eg ‘Able to give a preamble to a child about to use a sand tray’ and the term ‘Competency’ as an ability based on behaviour eg ‘Sets the boundaries for a sandplay session prior to starting’. In practice many frameworks blend both together and this is how the framework has been developed..
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