You will need to have the following attributes if you are to work effectively and ethically with children
Experiential training will increase your understanding of what the children are feeling during play therapy. You will also need to empathise with parent/carers, referrers and others involved.
Show appropriate esteem to others
Treat all children equally - they will soon find out, if you don't
‘you do what you say’
Integrity - straightforwardness, honesty and coherence.
This comes through experience, clinical supervision, reflection on practise, clinical governance and continuous professional development.
No one is perfect, the children will respect your admission of mistakes and weaknesses.
You must work without being personally diminished.
Play therapy competencies must be acquired through experiential training that is practice based.
Being able to take decisions and act in spite of known fears, risks, uncertainty and opposition.