The course is designed for anyone who has had at least 100 hrs
experience of working with children or adolescents using therapeutic
play or creative arts and has an appropriate first degree or equivalent.
Participants may come from any background such as:
Care Home Staff
Adoption/Foster Agency Workers
course is experiential in nature and will be specifically rooted in non-
directive play therapy.
AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO PLAY THERAPY - Children and their
As in the Certificate course
material for the Diploma builds upon the theory and practice of
humanistic psychology, particularly that of Virginia Axline ("Dibs In
Search of Self") and Carl Rogers and gestalt play therapy developed
by Violet Oaklander. It recognises contributions made by
others in the early 1900s, such as John Bowlby, Margaret Lowenfeld, Donald Winnicott, Rachel Pinney etc. It extends to a deeper
understanding of the unconscious processes in relation to the child's
development based upon Freud, Jung, Graff, Fairburn Hillman, Moore and
Jacobson. It also places importance on the spiritual aspect of human
development. Opportunities for many forms of creativity will enrich the
contents of the course.
You will be exploring ways of
integrating the child as the centre of a social system, which includes
schools, families, and team of support.
The course is divided into 5
free standing modules.
The main items in the 'Play Therapy
Tool-Kit' are re-visited at a greater level of competence, put into practice
with more difficult problems and used as assessment methods.
The overall purpose is to enable participants
to practice safely and effectively as a Play Therapist.
Upon successful completion of the course each participant will have
- the competencies to work with all children (individual and group) of with all problems where Play therapy is suitable and with children and young people with mild to severe problems
- to make assessments incorporating the PDM
- A sound understanding of the principles underlying play therapy and
the appropriate use of techniques
- The competencies required for running play therapy sessions with
groups of children as well as individuals
- An ability to assess children's needs and set up a play therapy
- An ability to make decisions taking into account the ethical issues
concerning all parties involved
- Increased confidence in using play therapy with children and
adolescents and communications with referrers, parents and guardians
- The counselling, therapeutic and practical skills to carry out
effective play therapy
- Awareness of your own process and development
- A comprehensive theoretical knowledge of child development and
- An ability to use the taught play therapy skills as assessment
- The ability to use a full play therapy tool-kit
- A basic understanding of play therapy research issues and methods
Module Descriptions (Modules 1 - 5 form the
Certificate in Therapeutic Skills course
(The sequence and content may vary slightly from course to course)
Module 6 - Introduction to Working with Groups; Developing Metaphors
for Group Working; Introduction to Research Methods;. Developing
Expressive Arts Skills - 1 - Dance and Movement for Groups; Assessment;
Special cases: Autism, Mental/Physical disability
Module 7 - Developing Expressive Arts Skills 2 - Music Working With
Parents/Teachers, Assessments through observation using video case
studies Special cases: adopted, fostered
Module 8 - Developing Theatre Form Skills -Therapeutic Story
Telling;. EPR; Assessment methods; Special cases: Loss/Bereavement,
Module 9 - Developing Symbolic Play Skills; Sand Play - Advanced
Skills; Working with Metaphors; Endings, Special cases: Physically and
sexually abused - children who have experienced trauma
Module 10 - Developing Expressive Arts Skills - 3 Art in child
development; Special cases working with Terminally Ill and or abuse;
Court Work; Student presentation
Participants will learn through
working with other members of the course about the roles and
responsibilities of the therapeutic relationship. There will be
tutorials on theory but formal teaching and lecturing will be kept to an
Learning will mainly be experiential,
and collaborative using pair, group work, role-play and case
presentations. Homework reading and other assignments will provide new
information and consolidation of material from the experiential work
encountered within the modules. Writing a process diary and working
therapeutically with children are essential parts of the course work. Assignments
and a project will be subject of group
discussions during the following module.
The experiential aspect of the course will
enable you to get in touch with your own inner child, to help you to
understand the children's processes during therapeutic play.
It is essential that participants are
working with children whilst the course is in progress. 100
supervised hours need to be completed before the Diploma can be awarded.
Group clinical supervision of this work is a primary learning method.
The situations and problems that you encounter in real life outside the
classroom together with their solutions are an essential part of the
15 days consisting of 5 x 3 day modules
(Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) spaced 6 - 8 weeks apart.
Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy will be awarded,
with 60 'M' points, on the
- Two written case studies,
covering the work with a child for at least 1 year and a group of
children showing a clear
integration of theory and practice.
- Completion of an
individual practical therapeutic project, designed and documented by
- Continuous evaluation of
course work contributions and ability to work with group dynamics
- Post training
- Evidence of a further 100
hrs supervised hours of working with children using play therapy
- Completion an an essay of
about 3000 words
- Evidence of regular play
- Satisfactory attendance on
In addition to the University award, with 60
'M/CAT' points, Play Therapy International will award the Diploma in
Play Therapy entitling the use of the title PTI Certified Play Therapist
(subject to observing PTI's ethical and CPD requirements).
Start Dates of Other Modules
Diploma in Play Therapy
Ennismore Retreat, Cork
Diploma in Play Therapy
(At Marino Conference Centre, Dublin)
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The Beeches, BournvilleLBU The Beeches, Bournville, West Midlands, B30 1LS
Clotworthy Arts Centre, AntrimLBU Antrim Castle Gardens, Randalstown Road, Antrim, BT41 4LH
West of England & Wales
Engineers House, BristolLBU The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol, BS8 3NB
North of England
The Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough
Pinewood on Wilmslow, Manchester
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Faculty / Facilitators
Selected from APAC's faculty of 12 specialist play therapy and creative
in collaboration with the National University of Ireland
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