The tools in the tool-kit are the techniques and methods that are used. These tools are also resources.  However it is no use knowing the theory of a tool without the practical experience of using it, initially under safe conditions.  This is why Play Therapy UK (PTUK) places great emphasis on practical and experiential play therapy training. 

The play therapy tool-kit is based upon a set of competencies described in the Professional Structure Model (PSM) developed by PTUK.

The main 'tools' are:

  •  Creative Visualisation (also known as Guided Imagery)
  • Art - Drawing and Painting
  • Therapeutic Storytelling
  • Sandtray /Sand Worlds 
  • Music 
  • Dance and Movement 
  • Dramatherapy 
  • Puppets 
  • Masks 
  • Clay 


Claire Dargonne, Inspire Play Therapy Sussex.