Clinical Supervision

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Clinical supervision is an essential part of working therapeutically with clients be they adults or children. The purpose of clinical supervision, as compared to line management supervision, is for the supervisor to help the supervisee become more effective in helping other persons ie the children in the case of play therapy. The role of a Clinical Supervisor is to provide support and advice upon issues that arise during the therapist's clinical work. These may be matters of therapeutic techniques, therapeutic relationships, difficult problems, ethical decisions or issues that impact personally upon the therapist caused by the therapeutic process.

PTUK's standards of supervision requirements are:

  • Trainees - one hour of supervision for every six hours of clinical work with children, or fortnightly whichever is the shortest.
  • Qualified practitioners - a minimum of one and a half hours supervision a month.

One of the main constraints upon the growth of therapeutic play and play therapy in the UK is the shortage of experienced play therapy supervisors. PTUK accredits Play Therapy Supervision training programmes and encourages experienced practitioners (at least 300 hours clinical practice) to develop their career in this direction. Sometimes practitioners will have to use supervisors who have experience of the therapeutic use of the creative/expressive arts or who have supervised counsellors of children.

What Is Supervision?

Supervision has two main functions; it should be educative and supportive.

Education -  To provide a regular space for the supervisee to reflect upon the content and process of the work. To develop understanding and skills within the work. To help relate theory to practice. To enable the supervisee to apply their approach appropriately to children at different developmental stages. To have an opportunity to think and develop ideas. Back to Top

Support - To be validated both as a person and a therapist. To plan and utilise the personal and professional resources of the supervisee To give constructive positive and critical feedback. To offer a space to reflect and clarify what is evoked by the work and explore our reactions to this experience. Ensure that the work is done in such a way that the supervisor can be accountable for the monitoring and quality of the work being done with the children. It is important to form a clear contract for every supervisory relationship, stating length of contract, responsibilities and fees.

Certified Supervisors

Certified Supervisors are those who have taken the APAC Supervisor course and are on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists. They may see any members from trainees to accredited.

Trainee Supervisors

Trainee supervisors have done the APAC supervisor course but may only work with certificate and diploma course (in-training) play therapists and must do supervision face to face.

Approved Supervisors

Approved supervisors have not done the APAC/PTUK accredited supervisor course, but may work with any members including trainees, who have taken, or are currently on, APAC/PTUK/PTI accredited play therapy courses.

Specialist Sand Play Supervisors and Filial Coach Supervisors

You can also use the list below to search for "Specialist Sand Play Supervisors" and "Filial Coach Supervisors"

Online Supervision

Online supervision is only allowed by prior approval once all other options have been tried and may not be used with Certificate or Diploma course students. There is a strict protocol which must be adhered to. Supervisors who offer online supervision are marked in the "Offers Online" column. Download the Online protocol here.

Supervisors List

Use the list below to find a supervisor. You can search in the box below by adding any relevant text, or Sand, Filial etc, or use the funnel button on the right of the list header to sort and filter for any category. You can also sort on each of the columns by clicking on the column title.

Further Information

Membership - PTUK Membership Benefits and Application Form Membership is available at various grades for anyone interested in working with children using play and creative arts therapies.

Benefits - Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK) is the UK's most pro-active professional organisation in raising standards and promoting the use of therapeutic play skills in a variety of professions and settings. 

Resources - View the list of resources available to members:

Grades & Fees - View grades and fees, and download the membership application form here.

Certification -  Consider your career planning in three stages of certification: firstly, becoming a practitioner, secondly extending your skills and scope of practice and thirdly helping others to develop their practice.

Application Forms - Please download the MS Word or PDF version of the application form, return it by email or if you cannot do this print it out and return it by post.

Ethical Practice - The Ethical Framework for Play, Creative Arts and Filial Play, is based upon Play Therapy UK’s version published on October 1st 2002. 

CPD Requirements - One of the main objectives of PTUK is to ensure the protection of the public and the children in particular, from unsafe and ineffective practice. 

Therapeutic Play Continuum - Defining Variables - Discover the twelve variables are used to help to define each level in the continuum.

Therapeutic Play and Play Therapy - Whats the difference? - Find out the difference between Therapeutic Play and Play Therapy.

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