About the Training Courses Section
This section is divided into courses for
therapeutic play and play therapy training recognised by Play Therapy
Ireland (PTIrl) and accredited by Play Therapy International (PTI)
and other courses.
are ones that meet the standards set by
PTI and the IBECPT - the International Board of Examiners of Certified Play Therapists)
and other organisations including Canterbury Christ Church University.
11 reasons for choosing a PTI
run in Ireland by APAC (The Academy of Play and Child
Irish recognition of the APAC/CCCU play therapy training
The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (the NQAI) have approved the alignment of the following three awards with the National Framework of Qualifications (the NFQ):
This means that participants successfully completing the courses will have awards fully equivalent to those made by an Irish university and are at level 9. This is an important
consideration for employers. The APAC/CCCU programme is the ONLY play therapy training running in Ireland (as at May 2010) at this level, that is accredited by a University
with approved Irish equivalence.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills
- Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy
- MA in Practice Based Play Therapy
The detailed alignment of the awards with the National Framework of Qualifications is shown in the table below:
|Award||Level on FHEQ for England, Wales and Northern Ireland||UK Credits||Irish NFQ Level||Irish NFQ Award-Type||ECTS Credits|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills||Postgraduate Certificate|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy||Postgraduate Diploma|
|120||Level 9||Post Graduate Diploma||60|
|MA in Practice Based Play Therapy||Masters Degree|
|180||Level 9||Masters Degree ||90|
The programme provides incremental progression for those interested in a career within Play Therapy. The programme is usually delivered on a part-time basis over three years.
Year one leads to a Post Graduate Certificate comprising 60 UK credits (30 ECTS); year two leads to Post Graduate Diploma comprising 120 UK credits (60 ECTS) and year
three leads to an MA comprising 180 UK credits (90 ECTS). All awards are at FHEQ Level 7.
UK Credits are double ECTS e.g. 120 UK credits equal 60 ECTS.
are ones that have been reviewed by PTIrl as ones likely to be of interest
and to be of a good standard. We are always seeking information
from providers of good quality courses. (see
Play therapy is starting to attract training providers, in Ireland, who are offering
various courses. Apart from the APAC/CCCU programme there are no other courses validated by a
university and do not provide the option of a university academic post graduate award. There are no
other courses that are accredited to the international standards administered by Play Therapy International.
APAC courses are the only ones in Ireland that publish data that show the clinical outcomes of their
students’ practice – between 70% and 83% of children show a positive change. These are very
important considerations for employers.
Play Therapy Training in Ireland
Accredited Certificate in Therapeutic Play
, Diploma in Play Therapy
and MA in Practice Based Play Therapy courses now
available at All Hallows College, Dublin
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resources for and training in therapeutic play, play therapy and creative
arts therapies are invited to submit details of their resources, courses and
organisations for publication on the PTIrl web site. (There is no charge
for a simple listing but we reserve the right to accept and edit the
content and normally ask for a reciprocal link). Please send details to