to the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy.

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APAC is the largest and most experienced dedicated play and creative arts therapies training organisation worldwide and the only Play Therapy training programmes validated through clinical outcomes.

Training for professionals


We provide training for professionals who wish to work with children using therapeutic play and Play Therapy and be registered with the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapist accredited by the Professional Standards Authority and managed by Play Therapy UK (PTUK).

Overseas registrants are also accepted on the register through Play Therapy International (PTI). We also provide the advanced diploma in counselling children using the creative arts which is a conversion course for already trained counsellors and psychotherapists.

Our Play Therapy training programme is the only one in the world that is validated through clinical outcomes research (over 10,000 cases).  It is accredited by leading Play Therapy professional organisations. The courses delivered in the UK are validated by Leeds Beckett (formerly Leeds Metropolitan) University for academic standards.

Our Courses are suitable for:

  • Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Creative Arts Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • TA/LAs
  • Professional Carers
  • Mentors
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • SENCOs
  • Mental Health Policy Makers
  • Paediatricians
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Clinical Supervisors
  • Nurses


- Upcoming training courses



APAC provides full career advice and a range of career opportunities.


Requirements for Play Therapists or Practitioner of Therapeutic Play Skills.


A list of all APAC faculty staff.