In developing the Play Continuum two problems became apparent:
The 12 attributes or variables used in the Play Continuum were not sufficient to define exactly what the practitioner of each application does and how well they are likely to do it. This problem is crucial when considering the management of quality of care.
Some users and commissioners of play and creative arts therapies will require a more comprehensive definition in some areas. On the other hand we do not want to over complicate where it isn’t necessary.
To solve these problems PTUK felt the need for a multi level descriptive tool. A competency framework came to mind. This opens up a number of other exciting possibilities for the profession in addition to its originally intended use as an explanatory and communication tool.