Training Placements

Placement Opportunities for PTUK Students

Available Placements for PTUK Students

Clinical placements are an essential part of training in therapeutic play skills and play therapy. They provide an excellent opportunity for organisations working with children to assess the effectiveness of these interventions in a safe way and at little or no cost. They are not intended as a low cost way of funding services over a longer period.

It is vital that organisations providing placements observe the PTUK standards and that there is a contract that clearly defines the responsibilities of the trainee and the placement organisation that satisfies the trainee’s clinical supervisor and the training provider.

Ramsey Manor Lower School, Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire

Contact: Jackie Boyle (Headteacher) and Lorna Trapp (SEN Coordinator)
Address: Manor Road, Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire, MK45 4NS
Tel: 01582 881318
E-mail: admin@ramseymanor.beds.sch.uk

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School, Berkshire, Bracknell

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School is situated within the Great Hollands area of South Bracknell. Our school was built in 1977 as an open plan school and has undergone a series of extensions and refurbishments to develop the teaching and learning areas across the school. There is capacity within the school to accommodate 350 pupils from the Reception classes through to Year 6, with each year group admitting up to 50 pupils. We also have a popular Nursery Class, with up to 60 children.  At Wooden Hill our principle aim is: Creating a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment in which all members of the school community can grow in confidence and develop their full potential to achieve personal success. We believe in supporting children’s emotional wellbeing as well as their academic learning and support this in a number of ways throughout the school day, either through lunch clubs, 1-1 or group support.

Please contact Tanya O’Sullivan the Family Support Adviser. Tel: 01344 421117 option 4 or email: tanya.o’sullivan@office.woodenhill.bracknell-forest.sch.uk

Trust House Reading Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Berkshire, Berkshire, Reading

Trust House Reading is a specialist rape and sexual abuse support centre. We offer a range of services to women, men and children living in the Reading and Berkshire area who have been affected by sexual violence either recently or in the past. The services we offer are varied and include:

 

  • – Free, confidential and non-judgemental telephone and email support provided by trained volunteers
  • – Specialist counselling for adults
  • – Peer support groups
  • – Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) support (offering flexible and practical forms of support)
  • – Counselling, play therapy and bespoke workshops for children and young people (aged 4 -17 years old)
  • – All of our services are free and confidential.

 

It is our aim to support everyone in Berkshire who has experienced sexual violence. We believe that every individual has the right to be free from all forms of sexual violence and abuse. We support people who have historic and recent experiences of sexual violence and also supporters of survivors such as friends and family. Our counselling service for young people (aged 13 to 17 years) and play therapy for children (aged 4 to 13 years) are highly sought after because there are no other specialist organisations within the local area that offer these services for children.

We are looking for volunteer play therapists to provide professional and confidential therapy to children and young people who are victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse. You would be working closely with our Lead Children and Young Person’s Counsellor (a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist) in one of our dedicated play therapy rooms in Reading. We also provide comprehensive in-house training on sexual violence.

For further information, a role description and an application form, please contact Michelle at michelle.dexter@trusthousereading.org or you can phone 0118 9502835.

Psychology & Wellbeing Service, Berkshire, Windsor

Adult, Children & Health Directorate Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF

Email:  christine.thomas@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Tel: 01628 796688

We are a tier two service, offering targeted, short term therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families. We take cases from all the RBWM schools and work with a range of emotional health issues from anger and anxiety to loss and family issues. Our therapy sessions normally take place in school and community settings and therapist have access to good library of resources as well as access to a budget for play therapy materials (with agreement). We are flexible in our working hours requirements and would be happy to negotiate anything from one day to a few days work for the right candidate.

We are able to offer a PTUK trainee clinical supervision with a PTUK supervisor (trainee) with a background in Play and Creative Arts and Attachment Focused Family Therapy. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work as part of a supportive and good humoured team of therapist from a range of clinical modalities. This placement would suit someone in their diploma year, or an experienced certificate trainee who wants to accelerate their learning by working in our dynamic, multidisciplinary team.

The Annex Project - Tap Into Support, Berkshire, Wokingham

Experienced Play therapists listed on the PTUK Accredited Register and Trainee Placements Required.

Play Therapists required at our therapeutic centre, The Annex Project, in Wokingham Berkshire and in schools in the area.

We are looking for two passionate and enthusiastic Play Therapists to work with a range of clients, including those who have experienced trauma and loss.

We also have vacancies for 2 trainee placements within schools in the Wokingham and surrounding areas.

The Annex are passionate about supporting children and families who have complex difficulties and we are looking for Play Therapists who would enjoy being part of a therapeutic team.

For therapists listed on the PTUK Accredited Register please send your CV to TAP@theannexproject.com and visit our website www.theannexproject.com.

Local schools throughout Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

CHILD THERAPY PLACEMENT AVAILABLE
For Counselling Psychologists/ Psychotherapists/Child Therapists/Play & Creative Arts Therapists

September 2019 –July 2020

Year of training: Penultimate or final year trainees/ graduate therapists looking for an opportunity to broaden their experiences or those would like to specialise in the field of domestic/sexual abuse.

Nature of work: Individual Child therapy – up to 4 clients per day.
Client group: Children 5 years to 17 years affected by domestic abuse and other forms of violence / abuse / trauma.
Therapeutic model: Child-centred Play Therapy / Holistic Integrative/ Psychodynamic
Time commitment: 1-2 days per week for minimum of one year contract.

In house supervision: First Light will provide 2 hrs fortnightly in-house group supervision (equivalent to 1.5 hrs per month supervision) free of charge by a UKCP/ PTUK Registered Psychotherapist/Clinical Supervisor.

Trainees’ will be responsible to pay any additional supervision costs for top-up needs.

Regular and punctual attendance to group supervision is mandatory. If unable to attend the allocated group supervision times, trainees will be responsible to make up the hours through individual supervision at their own costs.

Due to the nature of the client group, the trainees/therapists are required to use our in-house supervisor only in order to maintain good service practice.

Settings: Local schools throughout Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Other Learning opportunities: Possibility to observe and participate in assessments, gain an in depth experience of working with the dynamics of domestic abuse and issues relating to child abuse and child protection.
Job opportunities: We offer possible paid employment opportunities after the trainees have completed their placements and have demonstrated satisfactory job performance, subject to First Light recruitment policies and funding availability.
Deadline: The interviews will be held in July 2019 and Placement starts September 2019.

Contact: Please email a CV & covering letter to:

Angela.jenkins@firstlight.org.uk

– Call us on  07767 161326

Laois Play Therapy, Dublin, Tullamore

Laois Play Therapy is a private registered Play Therapy practise in the Inspiring Minds centre Portlaoise. The setting is shared with Bright Sparks learning centre. We have two Play Therapy rooms, both fully equipped. We offer one on one or group therapy sessions for children aged between 3 to 12 years.

This is the perfect opportunity for Trainees to begin to develop their work as a Play Therapist with the potential for employment after completion of training.

Laois has become a commuter town for Tullamore, Dublin, Kildare and more surrounding towns. The town of Portlaoise is growing bigger and bigger and the referrals are rising at a fast rate.

Our therapy sessions normally take place after school hours between half 1 and 7. There is possibility for earlier sessions and Saturdays.

Contact details laoisplaytherapy@gmail.com – or call 0877063347

Caroline Humphreys Prettygate Infant School, Essex, Colchester

Prettygate Infant School is a two form entry school in Colchester, Essex with 180 children on roll. We have an increasing number of children and families coming into our school that require support and interventions, play therapy being one of the most successful interventions we currently offer. We employ a qualified PTUK Certified play therapist one day a week and we are willing to offer trainees a placement experience as well as supervision by our therapist (who is a PTUK approved supervisor).

The school has a fully equipped play room for play therapy to take place in with a good range of materials and elements of the PTUK approved toolkit. Our Headteacher, SENCO and senior management team fully value the role of the play therapist and believe in the ethos of non directive, child led play to assist children in communicating their thoughts and feelings in a non judgemental accepting environment.

We look forward to hearing from you if you think that you would like to work with us.

Caroline Humphreys
Prettygate Infant School
Plume Avenue
Colchester
Essex CO3 4PH

Tel 01206 572357
Mobile for Caroline 07767 767506

St Luke’s C of E Primary School, Essex, Colchester

St Luke’s C of E Primary School is a one and a half form entry school in on the outskirts of Colchester, Essex with 300 children on roll. St Luke’s ethos is one that is committed to addressing the emotional wellbeing of our  pupils We have an increasing number of children and families coming into our school that require support and interventions, play therapy being one of the most successful interventions we currently offer. We employ a Family Support Worker who is a PTUK Certified play therapist and would be delighted to offer trainees a placement experience.

The school has a fully equipped room for play therapy to take place in with a good range of materials and elements of the PTUK approved toolkit. Our Headteacher and senior leadership team fully value the role of the play therapist and believe in the ethos of non-directive, child led play to assist children in communicating their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental accepting environment.

If you would like to carry out your placement in our school or require any further information then please contact:

Sarah Lewis
St Lukes Primary School
Church Rd
Tiptree
Colchester
CO5 0SU

Tel: 01621 815456
Email: sarah.lewis@stlukeschurch-cp.essex.sch.uk

Scargill Infant School, Essex, Rainham

Scargill Infant School is a 3 form entry school in the London Borough of Havering. Our ethos is to educate, empower and enable all children in our inclusive school to succeed to the best of their ability. We have an increasing number of children who require emotional support and interventions.

These children find it hard to communicate their thoughts and feelings and we feel that play therapy will support them to do this. We feel that the child led activities would help these children to become confident learners and would help them to make sense of the world around them. We employ several home and school support workers, one of which is interested in being a trained play therapist.

Therefore we would be delighted if there are any play therapists that would like to come and support our children in being successful learners.

If you would like to carry out your placement at our school please contact:

Amber Gillham Scargill
Infant School
Mungo Park Road
Rainham RM13 7PL

Telephone: 01708 555707
Email: abignold.311@lgflmail.org

Foxfield Primary School (Woolwich), Greater London, Woolwich

Foxfield Primary School is a 3-form entry school in Woolwich, Greenwich with 720 pupils on roll. Foxfield’s ethos is one that is committed to addressing the emotional wellbeing of our pupils. We have an increasing number of children and families coming into our school that require support and interventions, play therapy being one of the most successful interventions we currently offer. We previously employed a Play therapist who is a PTUK Certified play therapist and we would be delighted to offer trainees a placement experience.

The school has a fully equipped room for play therapy to take place in with a good range of materials. Our Headteacher and senior leadership team fully value the role of the play therapist and believe in the ethos of non-directive, child led play to assist children in communicating their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental accepting environment.

If you would like to carry out your placement in our school or require any further information then please contact:
Rita Garcha
Foxfield Primary School
Woolwich SE18 7EX
Telephone Number: 0203 260 7500
Email: rgarcha@foxfield.greenwich.sch.uk

Charnwood Nursery school and Family centre, Greater Manchester, Stockport

Charnwood nursery and family centre is a long standing ‘Outstanding’ fully inclusive resourced nursery for children aged 2-5yrs. Approximately a third of our children have complex additional needs and we are recognised both locally and nationally as a specialist centre for SEND. We have three settings within Stockport, Heaton Moor, Belmont and Lancashire Hill with the latter offering the two year old provision in significantly deprived areas of the Borough. We currently have 130 children on role across the settings with Heaton Moor being the largest. We have a large highly skilled team of staff including family workers due to the complexities of our children and the range of social and developmental need. We are committed to training and development particularly in the area of social / emotional well-being and building emotional resilience.

Contact details:

Cath Carr-Deed (Headteacher)
Charnwood Nursery school and Family centre.
St Paul’s Rd
Heaton Moor
Stockport   SK4 4RY

Tel: 01614427767

Cranborne Primary School, Hertfordshire, Potters Bar

Located in the lovely rural setting of Potters Bar, our school is larger than average with just over 400 pupils aged between three and eleven. The majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupil premium children and those with SEND are below average.

We are a two form entry school, incorporating a nursery. Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted with ‘Outstanding’ leadership and ‘exemplary’ behaviour. We are known for our positive atmosphere and strive to provide strong support for pupils/families whose circumstances make them vulnerable.

We work in partnership with parents to ensure our children succeed and leave us confident and ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow.

Suitable for Diploma student.

Contact the Head Teacher, J. Jhugroo, via email at  jjhugroo@cranborne.herts.sch.uk.

Jigsaw Play Therapy, Kent, Shorne

12 The Street, Shorne, Kent, DA12 3EA
Tel: 07590 986642
E-mail: julie@jigsawplaytherapy.com

Child Action Northwest, Lancashire, Blackburn

At CANW we are extremely proud of our innovative portfolio of services designed to support children and young people, families and communities. We passionately believe that every individual has the right to achieve their full potential whatever their background of circumstance.

CANW work in partnership with Lancashire County Council and commissioned schools, and cover a wide geographical area which includes Blackburn with Darwen, Salford, Lancashire, and Cumbria so can offer placements to students in various localities. The majority of our 1-1 work is facilitated in schools or local community venues such as children’s centres and youth zones,  we are a busy service and receive over 2,000 referrals per year, working with children and young people aged between 4 and 16 years, with a significant proportion of our work in the 8-11 year age groups. The average waiting time for support and intervention at CANW is 1-4 weeks and we are able to offer support for a child/young person for up to 12 months, enabling a high standard of support.

By choosing CANW as your placement option, you would have wide access to geographical areas, presentations of issues, regular casefile and clinical supervision, access to training, be part of a dynamic team and gain invaluable experience and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and young people.

As a student at CANW you will be expected:

  • To work with children and young people on a one to one and/or group work basis to identify, assess and explore any emotional/mental health and well-being issues.
  • To offer a range of therapeutic interventions to children and young people to enable and empower them to becoming fully capable of fulfilling their own potential for growth.
  • To identify appropriate intervention / support strategies for, children and young people based on their assessed emotional/mental health and well-being needs.
  • To work in partnership with others, to support and enable children and young people to achieve emotional health and well-being.
  • To co facilitate workshops in schools to educate and support around mental health issues.

For more information or for an application form please contact: 01254 244 700 or email: humanresources@canw.org.uk

Smithdown Primary School, Lancashire, Liverpool

Voluntary Play Therapy Placement: Smithdown Primary School, Liverpool, L7 6LJ – working with several children within a mainstream school.

Supervision: A PTUK Supervisor, linked to the school, will provide supervision every two weeks at a reduced rate for Trainees, both in the school and locally in a purpose built Therapy Space.

Commitment: The placement will be for one day per week (term time) and will be for one academic year. The school will guarantee paid work on the completion of 100 sessions.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside.

For more information about this placement please contact:

Lesley Tracey:
Mobile: 07890128146
Email: transformations9@hotmail.co.uk

St Vincent De Paul Catholic Primary School, Lancashire, Liverpool

Voluntary Play Therapy Placement: St Vincent De Paul Catholic Primary School, Liverpool, L1 5BY – working with several children within a mainstream school.

Supervision: A PTUK Supervisor, linked to the school, will provide supervision every two weeks at a reduced rate for Trainees, both in the school and locally in a purpose built Therapy Space.

Commitment: The placement will be for one day per week (term time) and will be for one academic year. The school will guarantee paid work on the completion of 100 sessions.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside.

For more information about this placement please contact:
Lesley Tracey
Mobile: 07890128146
Email: transformations9@hotmail.co.uk

John Ball Primary School - Therapeutic Service, London, Blackheath

We are looking for Trainee Counsellors and Therapists to join our new therapeutic service. We have a designated stocked therapy room and can offer long term and short term clients from the ages of four to eleven.  We have good links with local secondary schools and can arrange adolescent hours if required.

Address: John Ball Primary School, 20 Southvale Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 0TP
Availability: We have availability Monday to Thursday, full days (8am to 3pm) or half days
Contact:  Anthony White (Learning Mentor) – awhite112.209@lgflmail.org

ARK Franklin Primary Academy, London, Brent

We are a non-denominational, three form entry primary school serving a diverse local population of 640 children in Brent; there has been a school on the current site since 1898.

Our name honours Rosalind Franklin, born locally in 1920, she overcame adversity to play a key role in the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.

Here at Franklin, a positive climate for learning and a culture of high expectations prevails, a shared belief that all members of our learning community can achieve to a high standard, regardless of circumstances or background.  Our pupils receive excellent teaching and engage in a rich and varied curriculum, both inside and outside the classroom, including specialist Spanish, music, PE and art lessons, alongside weekly outdoor learning lessons in our garden and geodesic dome.

Visitors describe our children as, ‘charming, delightful, confident and independent learners.’

As a school we are committed to working with parents and families to ensure all our pupils reach their potential both academically, socially and emotionally.

Some of our more vulnerable children would benefit from play therapy, to enable this we have refurbished our old care takers house and garden, developing a play space with all the materials/resources required.  A trainee on the postgraduate certificate in therapeutic play skills will be joining us one afternoon per week in February but, we currently have eleven children on our role who are LAC or previously so, who would gain much from the safe and therapeutic model that is play therapy, they require a trainee on the postgraduate diploma in play therapy course, due to their more complex backgrounds.  Three of our children have also had recent significant bereavements, one losing their father at Christmas and we would really like them to have an outlet to talk if desired; can you help?

Visits are warmly welcomed.

Address: Harvist Road, London, NW6 6HJ
Email: info@arkfranklinprimary.org
Phone: +44 (0)20 8969 3846

All Saint’s Blackheath (Lewisham), London, Lewisham

All Saint’s Blackheath Play therapy placement

We are a one form entry Church of England Primary school in Lewisham. We are committed to addressing the emotional well-being of our pupils. We have valued the contribution made by trainee play therapists to our school community and are looking for Trainee Counsellors and Therapists to join our new therapeutic service. We have a quiet room available and will undertake to provide suitable resources as agree with the therapist. We can offer long term and short term clients from the ages of four to eleven. Visits are warmly welcome.

Address:
– Blackheath Vale, Lewisham. SE3 0TX

For more information contact: 0208 852 6136

– Lis Watson Inclusion Manager
– Debbie Tompkins Headteacher

DVIP Domestic Violence Intervention Project - Stephen’s Place, London

CHILD THERAPY PLACEMENT AVAILABLE

For Counselling Psychologists/ Psychotherapists/Child Therapists/Play & Creative Arts Therapists

September 2018 –July 2019

Year of training: Penultimate or final year trainees/ graduate therapists looking for an opportunity to broaden their experiences or those would like to specialise in the field of domestic/sexual abuse.

Nature of work: Individual Child therapy – up to 5 clients per day.

Client group: Children 3 years to 17 years affected by domestic abuse and other forms of violence / abuse / trauma.

Therapeutic model: Child-centred Play Therapy / Holistic Integrative/ Psychodynamic

Time commitment: 1-2 days per week for minimum of one year contract.

In house supervision: DVIP will provide 2 hrs fortnightly in-house group supervision (equivalent to 1,5 hrs per month supervision) free of charge by a UKCP/ PTUK Registered Psychotherapist/Clinical Supervisor.

Trainees’ will be responsible to pay any additional supervision costs for top-up needs.

Regular and punctual attendance to group supervision is mandatory. If unable to attend the allocated group supervision times, trainees will be responsible to make up the hours through individual supervision at their own costs.

Due to the nature of the client group, the trainees/therapists are required to use our in-house supervisor only in order to maintain good service practice.

Settings: Stephen’s Place Children’s Centre in Hammersmith and/ or Children’s Centres in Ealing or Brent.

Other Learning opportunities: Possibility to observe and participate in assessments, gain an in depth experience of working with the dynamics of domestic abuse and issues relating to child abuse and child protection.

Job opportunities: We offer possible paid employment opportunities after the trainees have completed their placements and have demonstrated satisfactory job performance, subject to DVIP recruitment policies and funding availability.

Deadline: The interviews are on the 8th May 2018 and 5th  June 2018.  Placement starts on 11th September 2018.

Contact: Please email a CV & covering letter to:

SS Peter & Paul Catholic School, London, Mitcham

SS Peter and Paul Primary School is a two form entry Primary School in Mitcham situated with the London Borough of Merton, with good transport links into London and Surrey via tram and bus.   There are currently 465 pupils are on roll, from Nursery through to Year 6.   We are committed to addressing the emotional needs of our pupils and enhancing the well-being and resilience of pupils.   This academic year we have 3 ELSAs working with individual pupils and a team of 6 learning mentors, working with small groups.   We are would be delighted to offer trainees, a placement experience.   The school has two designated nurture spaces that is suitable for play therapy and we are able to provide a good range of materials and elements of the PTUK approved toolkit. Our Head teacher, Assistant Head teachers, along with the whole school community fully value the role of a play therapist and believe in the ethos of non-directive, child led play to assist children in communicating their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental accepting environment.

If you would like to carry out your placement in our school or require any further information then please contact

– Penny Bermingham – Assistant Head Teacher for Inclusion sbermingham@sspp.merton.sch.uk
– Gillian Boyd – Assistant Head for Pastoral and Safeguarding.  gboyd@sspp.merton.sch.uk

Whiston Willis Community Primary School, Merseyside, Knowsley

Voluntary Play Therapy Placement: Whiston Willis Community Primary School, Knowsley, L35 2XY – working with several children within a main stream school.

Supervision: A PTUK Supervisor, linked to the school, will provide supervision every two weeks at a reduced rate for Trainees, both in the school and locally in a purpose built Therapy Space.

Commitment: The placement will be for one day per week (term time) and will be for one academic year. The school will guarantee paid work on the completion of 100 sessions.

Location: Knowsley, Merseyside.

For more information about this placement please contact:

Lesley Tracey
– 07890128146
transformations9@hotmail.co.uk

Catch22, Merseyside, Wallasey

Catch22 is a national charity operating locally in the Wirral working under the Troubled Families Agenda. Our family support service offers intensive support to families across the Wirral who are experiencing difficulties including unemployment, anti-social behaviour and education issues. In addition to this we support young people who have witnessed domestic violence, family breakdown, substance misuse and mental health issues – as well as a many other issues.

Our staff team consists of Key Workers, a Drug and Alcohol worker, an IAPT worker, as well as student Social Workers and student Play Therapists.

We are looking to recruit PTUK trainee Play Therapists whom we can support through a placement offering them support and suitable service users.

Contact: Mark Woodbridge
Email: Mark.Woodbridge@catch-22.org.uk
Address: Solar Campus, 235 Leasowe Road, Wallasey, CH45 8RE
Tel: 0151 637 6078
Mobile: 07879 691419

Listening Ear (Merseyside), Merseyside, Whiston

Listening Ear is a BACP Accredited charity based in Merseyside with over 20 years of experience of providing counselling and therapeutic support to children, young people and adults.

At our centre at Whiston in Knowsley we specialise in supporting children aged 4 to 15 years through Butterflies, a well-established activity-based therapy service for young people experiencing bereavement (which can include murder, manslaughter and suicide) and loss (which can include divorce, separation, domestic abuse, children looked after / on the edge of care and parent in prison).

Butterflies draws on Listening Ear’s knowledge of different forms of counselling and translates this to an age-appropriate service.

Our Whiston centre is a busy environment and we can offer a significant number of client referrals who are suitable for play therapy. We plan to dedicate one of our counselling rooms at Whiston to play therapy and to equip it to meet the Play Therapy UK guidelines.

Placement students should apply to Listening Ear via our established volunteer application and interview processes.

Address:
– St Nicholas Centre, 70 Church Road, Halewood, Liverpool, L26 6LB
And
– 174 Dragon Lane, Whiston, Merseyside, L35 3QY

Contact Details:
– Email: enquiries@listening-ear.co.uk
– Tel: 0151 488 6648

Stalham Acadamy, Norfolk, Norfolk, Stalham

We are a large two-form entry Junior school in Norfolk.  At present we have a specific room for 1:1 therapy via an integrative approach from Creative Minds.  This space is a well-equipped (sand trays, dolls houses, paints, games etc) therapeutic environment where children are free to discuss issues with a trained counsellor.  The whole staff have had training on Attachment Awareness, fabricated illnesses and empathic listening.  The latter form the basis of everything we do.  Children’s voices are encouraged in the classroom and we use a dialogue basis on our approach to teaching.  We would be delighted to take trainee therapists at our school and, as part of a Multi-Academy Trust, may be able to further support your career and possible paid work in the future.

For further details please contact:

– Glenn Russell Headteacher ( head@stalhamacademy.co.uk)
– Andrew Howard Deputy Head Teacher ( deputyhead@stalhamacademy.co.uk)

Lumbertubs Primary, Northamptonshire, Northampton

Lumbertubs Primary is located on the eastern district of Northampton and is in an area of high deprivation, we have been working along other agencies to build children’s resilience, wellbeing and mindfulness.

We pride ourselves on nurturing and supporting children whatever their background or culture, we have lots of experience with this, However we know that Play therapy would have a significant impact on some of our children with more complex needs. External agencies that we have worked with and continue to always comment on the empathy we have with the children and the lengths we go to in supporting them.

We would really appreciate the opportunity to work with trainee play therapists to enhance our provision and feel that we can provide the support required to trainees.

For more information please contact email Helena Georgiou.

Oundle CE Primary, Oundle Northamptonshire

We are a two-form entry, large primary school in Oundle with children from Foundation Stage to Year 6. We are committed to addressing the emotional needs of our pupils and have embarked on training in both ‘Thrive’ and Attachment Awareness. We have recently started to set up a Sensory Room and we also have some smaller spaces, as well as a very large outside field. We would be delighted to offer trainees a placement at our school and will consider some paid work after. If you would like to carry out your placement with us, would like further information or chance to visit us.

Please contact:

– Headteacher: Janet McMurdo ( jmcmurdo@oundleceprimary.co.uk)
– Inclusion Manager: Amanda Cross ( across@oundleceprimary.co.uk)
– Or contact the school 01832 272392

Time to Talk, Nottinghamshire, Mapperley

Placements available at Time to Talk, Walter Halls Primary School, Querneby Road, Mapperley, Nottingham NG3 5HS.

Tel. 0115 9606669 or contact Christy Clare via e-mail christy.clare@walterhalls.nottingham.sch.uk

Bent Primary School - South Lanarkshire, Kirkmuirhill/Boghead

Bent Primary is situated within South Lanarkshire. South Lanarkshire Council is the fifth largest authority in Scotland.    Bent Primary is part of the Lesmahagow Learning Community which encompasses Lesmahagow High School, Blackwood Primary, Coalburn Primary, Milton Primary and Woodpark Primary.   Bent Primary School is located in the Kirkmuirhill/Boghead areas of Lesmahagow.  The original school dates back to the late eighteen hundreds and on the 10th May 2012, we moved in to our beautiful and new purpose built school.

Our school roll at present is 50. The school has 4 classrooms, a general purpose area and library, a dining room/gymnasium/assembly hall and an external teaching area.    In Bent Primary our vision, in partnership with parents and the wider community, is to provide excellent educational experiences to enable all learners to reach their full potential within a safe, happy and caring environment.Our values are; Honest, Respectful, Happy, Polite, Confident and Hard-working.

Mrs Fleming (Head Teacher)
Tel: 01555 892303
Email: gw14bentpsht@glow.sch.uk

Hinde House Primary Phase, South Yorkshire, Sheffield

Hinde House Primary Phase is a 2-11 inner-city school located in the north of Sheffield. We are a two-form entry school with 450 children on roll. At our school, we aim to break the link between context and achievement, so that every child can reach their full potential. We have a fully inclusive approach where all pupils are valued and the wellbeing of every young person matters.

We have a significant number of children who have social and emotional difficulties, exhibit challenging behaviour and some who have mental health concerns. The inclusion team play a vital role in supporting children to manage and express their emotions but would like the opportunity to offer further specialised support using Play therapy, from which many of our children would benefit.

If you would like to help us introduce Play therapy to our school, then please contact:

Janice McWilliam

Head of Primary Phase
Hinde House 2-16 School
Bracken Road
Sheffield
S5 6FH

0114 2426874
Email : jmcwilliam@hindehouse.net

Part of the Brigantia Learning Trust

Placements at Cedar Counselling, West Midlands, Oldbury

Cedar Counselling is a low cost counselling service based in Solihull, Birmingham, Manchester and Coventry. Our specialism is working with children and families and our team of play therapists work creatively to help children live more fully. We work a lot with children who have experienced mild to severe traumas from parental separation to early abuse. We have close contact with both Solihull and Birmingham children’s services and see many children who are subject to child in need and child protection plans. Our aim, with many of our families, is often to enhance attachments between caregiver and child and to help the child healthily communicative their feelings. We have good relationships with a number of primary school throughout Birmingham and tend to work closely with teachers/educational staff as well as caregivers. We also deliver pioneering mother-child therapy in four main children’s centres, helping mums and dads attune to their children, using a wide range of creative and Theraplay approaches.

An important part of Cedar Counselling’s work is to adopt the whole family approach working in close collaboration with the child and the caregiver/s and other professionals involved. It is not uncommon for a family to be assigned two therapists that work together to help each part of the family- individually and collectively- to thrive rather than survive both lovingly and nurturefully.

We believe passionately in the power of play. Based on the latest neuroscience, Cedar Counselling gives much importance to the transformational impact play therapy has on a child’s capacity to express feelings, resolve trauma, self-regulate and relate to self/others.

We are proud to offer supported placements to play therapy students as well as paid work to qualified play therapists. This enhances the work we do and, importantly, gives us the opportunity to contribute towards the development and growth of trainee play therapists. Cedar Counselling adheres to PTUK’s trainee placement policies and procedures.

For more information please visit:  www.cedarcounselling.co.uk

If you would like an application form please contact Charlotte Mason (placement administrator) on 0121 6059260 or e-mail admin@cedarcounselling.co.uk.

Salisbury Women’s Refuge, Wiltshire, Salisbury

Women’s Refuge is a family refuge in Wiltshire providing support and accommodation to women and children who have fled domestic abuse. Our mission is “To provide a safe haven for women and children who experience domestic abuse and support them in leading an independent life.”

We are specialists in supporting clients who have suffered all forms of domestic abuse including honour based violence and forced marriage.

We work with our clients to provide them with the tools that they need to live their lives free from the fear of domestic abuse and work to alleviate the lasting effects of domestic abuse on each member of the family.

Our works centers on safety planning, empowerment and emotional recovery in addition to practical skills such as money management, housing, education, health and wellbeing and alcohol and substance misuse recovery.

We have a team of dedicated and experienced key-working support staff who work with clients in a person centred approach to ensure that a tailored support plan is devised for every client who stays with us. We also have a dedicated play worker in addition to counsellors and partners who work with us to provide support for the children who are accommodated with us.

We are looking for a voluntary trainee therapist on the Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and would like to offer a placement of 100 hours. Due to our presently restricted funding, we are not able to meet clinical supervision fees but we are able to offer a placement in a friendly and dynamic environment.

We are also able to offer comprehensive training in the domestic abuse arena. We would love to hear from you if you would like to find out more about working in a challenging and rewarding environment. Please do contact us via email on w.refuge@tiscali.co.uk.

Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten, Worcestershire, Worcester

Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten is looking for play therapy students to work with on a part time basis at our outdoor nursery (2 full days per week).

Nature of Work 

– Group and individual sessions.
– Mentoring and other learning opportunities

Mentored by an Early Years Specialist with post grad level studies in psychoanalytic infant observation and early childhood, students will be introduced to new and innovative ways of working in early years. We consider social and emotional needs first and foremost in our work and place great emphasis on genuine respect for the child.

About Us 

As Early Years Specialists we are passionate about offering children rich, natural environments where they can have fun, flourish and succeed. Our Nature Nurtures approach is based in respect for the child.

Based at Top Barn Farm, Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten is the first of its kind in Worcestershire. We offer places for children aged 2 to 5 years old.

Please note we are an outdoor setting, but also have a building on-site suitable for Play Therapy.

Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten
Top Barn Farm
Worcester Road
WR6 6NH

Tel: 01905 641013

Web: www.nurturekindergarten.com

Please send your CV and a short cover letter to careers@nurturekindergarten.com