Monika Jephcott

Chief Executive of PTUK and APAC, President of Play Therapy International, and Chief Executive of Play Therapy UK in the United Kingdom

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Monika JephcottMonika has over 17 years successful experience of managing professional organisations, as Chief Executive and Clinical Director of Play Therapy UK (PTUK). of which she was a founding member in 1998. This has grown to become the largest Play Therapy professional organization in the UK and the first to have a Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists accredited by the Professional Standards Authority in April 2013. Since its formation, PTUK has led the way in innovations in the field of play therapy.

This includes the development of the Integrative Holistic model of play therapy which is the only one, worldwide, to be validated by a substantial number of clinical outcome measures.

She was elected President of Play Therapy International (PTI) in December 2002, which is responsible for promoting Play Therapy and administering the standards required for safe and effective practice outside the UK.

She is also Chief Executive and founder, of the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC). This has grown to become the largest UK and international provider of post graduate training for Play Therapists and Practitioners in Therapeutic Play Skills, in partnership with several Universities. The design of the MA in Practice Based Play Therapy programme was the first to emphasise the essential need for experiential training methods for play therapy and blend it with on-line learning methods.

Elected member (2010-2015) of the BACP CYP Division Executive to represent the interests of children.


Programme design, organization, presentation and management of 325 post graduate play therapy training courses, over 3000 trainees and many shorter workshops including a variety of cultural settings.

Achieved validation of the MA in Practice Based Play Therapy programme by Leeds Beckett, Canterbury Christ Church, Chichester Universities and the National University of Ireland (Galway).

Developed specialist training courses for clinical supervision of play and creative arts therapists, filial play coaching and sand play therapy skills.

Adapted the filial play coaching course to improve the recovery of severely malnourished Ethiopian children resulting in greatly improved height and weight increases and a reduction in mortality.

  • Education
    • Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts