Welcome to the Collaboration of Outdoor Play Therapists website.

COOPT is a non profit making and democratic network of play therapists working in outdoor spaces. COOPT was founded in 2017 by Ali Chown with Sarah Holden, Loz Foskett and Kate Mc Cairt and with Julie West joining the Steering Group in 2018. But, COOPT is its’ members and is facilitated by a steering group only for ease of booking and administration of events. However, the Steering Group is open to any interested member who has a topic, case study or any other training or networking matter to share with the group.

Our aim is to promote ‘best practice’ and to share experiences, ideas and information on working outdoors. We meet two or three times a year and welcome interest from other professionals – our ‘associate members’ – such as Forest School Leaders, psychotherapists, creative arts therapists and child and adolescent therapists who also work in outdoor settings or are interested in doing so. Our members come from a wide geographic area, from the Isle of Wight to North Wales and Scotland to Cornwall, and include students currently studying to become play therapists.


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