The Play Therapy Practitioners Association was founded in 2018 by a group of likeminded professionals keen to advocate for the training and provision of play therapy services across Australia. Identifying contemporary and emerging processes for registration, PTPA was created to provide an opportunity for practitioners passionate about play therapy to access training and registration in order to practice in Australia. Additionally, the not for profit Association aims to promote the profession to the wider community in order to advocate for the approach to be used as the preferred method of therapy for children and young people.

Member benefits

Our purpose at Play Therapy Practitioners Association is to provide a suite of benefits and support to our members, along with the importance of advocating for Play Therapists to be recognised as professionals in their field.

As a valued member of PTPA, you can expect to have access to the following member benefits:
  • Membership with a professional Association that recognises and promotes your qualifications and specialised training in play therapy Australia wide;
  • A closed Facebook group to connect you with fellow PTPA members as well as share updates and resources from PTPA;
  • Access to cultural advisory and advocacy support both via our website (coming soon!) and from members of our Board;
  • Access to journal subscriptions to support your ongoing learning and professional development in the field of play therapy (coming soon!!);
  • Promotional material including a logo and window decal to promote and advise clients and families of your credentials as a play therapist in Australia;
  • The ability to work with self-managed and plan- managed clients under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, along with the opportunity to register as a provider under your professional membership with PTPA;
  • Access to a complaints procedure for any member of PTPA who is concerned regarding the professional standards and conduct of another PTPA member;
  • Established expectations for conduct of all PTPA members professionally via our Code of Conduct (located on our website);
  • Regular newsletters and letters sent to members to keep members updated with news from the Association and the play therapy profession more broadly; and
  • Advocacy for the play therapy profession with Government to recognise our members as valued members in their field.

Our Vision

For play therapy to be recognised as the preferred method for supporting children and young people therapeutically.   For practitioners in the community to be able to qualify as play therapists and to allow for the growth and establishment of the profession in Australia.

Mission Statement

Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA) is a registered not for profit association. Open to professionals with an interest in play therapy, PTPA’s mission is to promote play therapy and its benefits throughout Australia.   The Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA) will promote play therapy through education, promotion of quality professional practices and the utilisation of play therapy practices to support children.    The Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA) will create an inclusive community for play therapy practitioners empowering members through education and advocacy for play therapy.