Definition of Therapeutic Play Work  

Therapeutic play work adds a therapeutic element to play work.  

The prime objective is still care or work orientated with the therapeutic element as a secondary or supporting one.  

It may be used to assist the child to reach a care or work objective by alleviating a slight or mild, one off emotional or psychological situation that is preventing the child from achieving the desired results.  

A therapeutic relationship is not established. Because the therapeutic element is small, clinical supervision is not required provided that overall line management is provided. Anyone using therapeutic play, as opposed to therapeutic play work, should be bound by a code of ethics which would normally be laid down by the employing organisation.  

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