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Play Therapy International’s Journal - 'Play for Life'

‘Play for Life’, published at least four times a year is available free of charge to all PTI, PTUK PTC, PTIrl and other Affiliates’ Members. Back copies may be purchased – phone +44 (0) 1825 761143

Journal Policy

“Play for Life” was originally launched as “Play UK” the UK’s first journal aimed at providing comprehensive information that is of practical help to play therapists and everyone working therapeutically, using play, with children or have an interest in the subject. Its purpose is to be a lively practitioner journal with a wide mixture of material.

It became an international journal in 2004 to serve the needs of play therapy practitioners worldwide. Contents include editorial statements, original play therapy and filial play articles, synopses, case histories, reviews of research papers, books etc, news items, details of conferences, workshops, courses and guidelines for career development.

The Journal also acts as a forum for discussion and making network connections. Its subject matter covers all types of therapy that are applicable to working with children including: art, creative visualisation, drama, music, storytelling as well as play therapy and filial play. Advertising material will not exceed 20% of the total space.


All manuscripts and correspondence should be sent preferably by email to: These should be attached as Word or rich text format (RTF) files. Alternatively they may be posted to the Editor using a floppy or CDROM disc. Please enquire about other production guidelines and editorial requirements.


“Play for Life” accepts advertisements for jobs, courses, books, journals, conferences etc relating to therapeutic work with children. For details please contact PTI’s Administrator on +44 (0)1825 761143 or email

Current readership is about 2000.

Recent Articles

The wide diversity of material is illustrated by the following examples:

Autumn/Winter 2006
  • It’s a Magic Room!
  • Filial Play – PTI/PTUK Policy
  • Book Reviews (Filial Therapy, Art & Eating Disorders
  • Justice and Child Protection, Writing Groups,
  • Visual Perception Problems and Apergers)
  • The UK’s Largest Sandtray?
  • UK Government Regulation – PTUK Policy
  • Standards the Key to Success – Evaluation
  • The Basis of Standards – Competencies
  • The Development of Play Therapy Standards
  • The HPC Standards for Arts Therapists (UK)
  • The Play Therapy Instruction Model (US)
  • Implementing Play Therapy Standards
  • The Elephant’s Eye Story
Summer 2006
  • PTUK 2006 Conference Report
  • Latest Research Results
  • Professional Registration/Regulation Update
  • Ecosystemic Play Therapy
  • Developing Resiliency in Traumatized and Grieving Children
  • Extended Book Review – ‘Expressive and Creative Arts Methods for Trauma Survivors’
  • The Use of Puppets in Play Therapy with Key Stage Two (KS2) Children
  • Short Book Reviews: Therapeutic Use of IT, Psychodrama, Abused Child
Spring 2006
  • The Use of Play Therapy With Children With Facial Disfiguement
  • Reviews: Therapists in Court; An Introduction to PowerPoint; Therapeutic Storywriting;
  • Storytelling in the Classroom; Drama Therapy; Eating Disorders
  • Web Sites for Therapeutic Story Materials
  • HPC Standards for Education and Training
  • Playground Friends Scheme Developments
  • Sponsored Web Sites for PTUK Members
Winter 2005
  • TheraplayTm – Clarification and Integration
  • Creating Children’s Stories for Global Peace
  • Thoughts of an Everyday Play Therapist
  • Attachment Theory – the Role of Fathers
  • Therapeutic Storytelling in a Social Services Setting
  • A Romanian Experience
Summer 2005
  • Play Therapy Dimensions Model
  • The Playful Attachment
  • Play Therapy Without Words
Spring 2005
  • Creative Visualisaton & Therapeutic Opportunity in Schools
  • Memory and False Memory
  • Play Therapy in an EBD Centre
  • Winter 2004
  • Can we play too? A Rationale for School Psychologists
  • Confidentiality & Data Protection Issues
  • What Evidence Have You Got? Where’s Your Research?
Spring 2004
  • Is Chaos Essential in the Healing Process?
  • Play Therapy in US Elementary & Primary Schools
  • Bad Supervision as Reported by Play Therapists
  • Any Old Room Will Do!
  • The Hospitalised Child
  • Practice Management – IT
Autumn 2003
  • Playlore – the Roots of Humanity
  • Development Factors in Puppet Play
  • Computer Paint Programs in Play Therapy
  • How to Perform Well in Interviews
Summer 2003
  • Practice Management – Seeking Play Therapy Work Viola Brody & Developmental Play
  • Empiricism & Play Therapy
  • A Commentary:Symbols in Alice in Wonderland
  • Developmental Factors in Therapeutic Puppet Play
Spring 2003
  • An Introduction to Play Therapy – 3 (Symbols)
  • Indications for Referrals & Stratagems
  • Special Conditions – the Autistic Child
  • Career Development Pathways
Summer 2002
  • An Introduction to Play Therapy – 2
  • Working With Homeless Children in Mexico
  • PTUK New Ethical Framework
  • Accounting for Play Therapy
  • Development of a Professions Structure Model
Winter 2001
  • Butterfly Magic – A Brilliant New Descriptive Model
  • An Introduction to Play Therapy – 1
  • Case Book – Staff Group Painting Exercise
  • Professional Matters – CVs a Key Tool
  • Story Telling – The Ship That Needed No Water