Play Therapy

The course lectures are delivered on a part time basis on Saturdays. However, 1 day a week is also required for placement (this must be during Social Work Office hours to facilitate child protection reporting). Students also have to consider time involved in Personal Therapy and academic study for course assignments. Students may be required to attend block residential weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

Years 1 and 2 (60 credits) will include a clinical training in Play Therapy. Students will study modules which will be experiential and theoretical. They will undertake placements in both years and will require external supervision from approved supervisors, to be paid separately from the course fees.

On successful completion of the taught elements, students will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, unless they proceed to Year 3.

Year 3 (30 credits) The MA in Play Therapy is awarded to successful candidates who complete a module in research skills and a research dissertation.

Overview
This programme is a postgraduate clinical training in Play Therapy. It aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge and clinical capability that would match international standards of best practice within the Play Therapy profession. The key areas are personal therapy and personal development.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants must hold a Level 8 Honours degree (H2.2) or higher, in one of the following areas: Counselling/ Psychotherapy, Early Years Education, Occupational Therapy, Primary Education, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Care, Social Work, Special Needs Education or a cognate discipline.

Applicants must be aged 23years old at time of application and have at minimum of 2 years post qualifying experience of working with children. Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

N.B. All applicants who enrol on this programme will be required to undergo Garda vetting.

Subjects taught

Modules
All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

STAGE 1/SEMESTER 1
Child Development:Theory & Observation
Play Therapy Practice Placement (10 ECTS)

STAGE 1/SEMESTER 2
Play Therapy Theory
Play and Creative Expression
Play Therapy Practice Placement (10 ECTS)

STAGE 2/SEMESTER 1
Interpersonal Neurobiology and Therapy
Family Contexts in Play Therapy
Advanced Play Therapy Work Practice (10 ECTS)

Stage 2/Semester 2
Sand and Art Therapy
Play Therapy Processes
Advanced Play Therapy Work Practice (10 ECTS)

STAGE 3/SEMESTER 1
Play Therapy Research Methods (10 ECTS)
Stage 3/Semester 2
Research Dissertation (20 ECTS)

Credits

M.A.: 90 ECTS
P.Grad.Dip.: 60 ECTS

Duration

3 Years Part-Time.

Delivery
Part-time
No. of weeks: 26 per annum
Duration: 3 years

The course lectures are delivered on a part time basis on Saturdays. However, 1 day a week is also required for placement (this must be during Social Work Office hours to facilitate child protection reporting). Students also have to consider time involved in Personal Therapy and academic study for course assignments. Students may be required to attend block residential weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

Fees

EU Applicants: €6,900 (€2,300 per annum) Additional costing is outlined below.

Additional Costing

1. Clinical Supervision (from CIT approved supervisors) is not included in the course fees;

2. Personal Therapy - students are required to undertake approximately 50 sessions at their own expense

3. Setting up a playroom/rent a playroom also has to be considered.

Enrolment dates

Please note that the next intake for this programme will be September 2020.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PgDip/MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Weekend

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