Courses listed in this section (below)
have all been
accredited by PTI. As such they are recognised by
Play Therapy Ireland (PTIrl).
APAC has run our MA in Practice Based Play Therapy programme at All Hallows Dublin for eight years, lately in partnership with the National University of Ireland. The announcement that All Hallows will cease recruiting students for their own courses has no impact on our Play Therapy courses which will continue in Dublin and Galway as normal.
These two courses comprise the first two parts of the MA
in Practice Based Play Therapy programme which is also validated by the
National University of Ireland. It is delivered in Ireland by the
Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC) at Marino Conference Centre,
Dublin. The academic awards will be made by National University of Ireland.
Both the Certificate and Diploma courses
provide a qualification to practise. Participants are able to work,
under clinical supervision, therapeutically, with children after
they have completed the first 3-day module.
You can start on the course but must be successfully vetted before you can start your practice. This process takes around 12 weeks so please apply for this as early as possible.
For Garda vetting please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This accredited training provides a
consistent and coherent programme across the Ireland, the UK
and other countries.
The content of an APAC course is the same wherever you
choose to train.
The APAC faculty is used to
deliver the courses in all venues. The work is examined by the
same professional staff and External Examiner. This is a different
and more equitable approach than that used by play therapy courses that
are not accredited by the organisations mentioned above.
At present no other training provider in Ireland delivers play therapy
courses with this degree of coherency and external accreditation.
These courses are designed to produce safe and effective play therapy
practitioners hence the emphasis on experiential and practical work to
balance the theory. They are the only ones in Ireland with published
measured clinical outcomes
The courses are practice based and will prepare
you for the eventuality of the
Play Therapists by the Irish government.
It is not necessary to be in personal therapy although the Course
Director may require this if issues arise during the course that impede
the student's ability to work with children.
Normally Diploma applicants will only be accepted if they have
satisfactorily completed the Certificate course or an equivalent. Click on
the course title for more details.
APAC also offers in-house & local group
the venues, dates or times of the open courses listed above are not convenient.
As in virtually all parts of the world play
therapy is not a regulated profession at present in Ireland but may
become so in the future. The UK government is planning the registration of
a number of the mental health professionals such as Counsellors,
Psychotherapists and Play Therapists by 2008, which PTUK regards, at
present (March 2006), as being an optimistic date. These
developments may or may not be a precedent for Ireland.
The training programme offered by APAC to Play
Therapy International's (PTI) European
standards covers all likely eventualities. We encourage all students to
complete the Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and
the Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy courses, including a total of
200 hours clinical work, to become a PTI Certified Play Therapist and
then to reach a total of 450 hours to become a PTI Accredited Play
Therapist. Evidence of the use of clinical governance is also
We suggest that students may wish to complete
the MA in Practice Based Play Therapy, by dissertation, if they
have a particular interest in play therapy research, to advance their
career prospects or for personal satisfaction. At present it is
not necessary to have an Masters level degree to become a Play
To suggest otherwise would be dishonest. There is
no evidence, at the moment, to show that play therapy practitioners with
an MA produce better clinical outcomes than those who do not have
one. It may or may not be a future Irish government requirement.
If however, you wish to 'cover all bases' by
all means continue onto APAC's MA part of the programme.
In the UK the potential registration body, the
Health Professions' Council (HPC) 's policy is to set 'entry level' standards
to safeguard the public. Professional organisations such as
PTUK may then set their own higher standards
We believe that PTIrl's current standards originally
drafted in 2000 are at a higher level when
compared to professional titles already registered by the HPC.