Evaluating the Impact of the Foundation Course in Therapeutic Play in Bangladesh - A pilot study

Mostak Ahamed Imran, Paula Reed, Lisa Gordon Clark

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This study emerged from a long-term interest of the British-based charity The Orphan Trust in developing a foundation level course in play therapy, targeting the professionals/people who work with underprivi-leged children living in the orphanages and on the streets of Bangladesh. A culturally adapted version of the Play Therapy Foundation Course offered at the University of Roehampton, UK was conducted in Dhaka, Bangladesh for seven days during March and April 2019. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of the Foundation Course in Therapeutic Play in Bangladesh by analysing changes in the twenty participants’ attitude, knowledge, skills and by collating their responses to the course. The Play Therapy Attitude-Knowledge-Skills Survey (Kao & Landreth, 1997) was used for data collection. A statistically significant difference was found between the pre- and post-test results of the questionnaires. A reflective journal was also maintained by the lead researcher during the course period to understand the participants’ and his own feelings and thoughts about the course. Cultural implications of practising play therapy in Bangladesh are explored in this study. Future research is proposed to understand the long-term impact of this short course on the professionals’ capacity to help children in Bangladesh.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-50
JournalBritish Journal of Play Therapy
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 Feb 2020


  • Play Therapy, therapeutic play, Foundation Course, Bangladesh

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