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Why Credentialing is Essential to Your Career in Child Counseling

If you have been working with children for any length of time, you have probably realized the value of play therapy. Perhaps you have even taken a workshop or two on the subject.

As you witness the power of play in a child’s life, a question begins to loom over you, “should I become a Registered Play Therapist? Do I really need to pursue credentialing for me to continue in this line of work?”

Here are three reasons why credentialing is essential to your career in child counseling:

1) It Identifies you as someone with specific training on child counseling

The professional world as we know it is continually becoming more specialized—and counseling is no different. People want to see a specialist. Parents want the best for their child’s care. (And they are right to want it)!

Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credentialing identifies you as an expert.

Most of us, myself included, have trouble identifying our self as an expert. Largely, I believe, because we are comparing ourselves to the most accomplished people above us in knowledge and experience. But in truth, it is likely more accurate to consider comparing ourselves to the vast majority of people and their level of knowledge and experience. When comparing myself to the incredibly large majority of people who have no training in play therapy, I am an expert.

More specifically, being an RPT signifies that you are an expert in “kid language.”