Play Therapy - Cork Campus

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.

Key areas:
• Personal therapy and personal development

The course has 90 ECTs credits and will be delivered as follows;

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 MTU approved supervisors. This supervision is not included in course fees and is outside class times.

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.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is 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 over 23 years old at the time of entry to the programme and have at least two years post qualifying experience of working with children. College placement hours are not considered as post qualifying experience.

Applicants will be shortlisted to attend for interview based on their online applications.

National Vetting Bureau
MTU uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. For more information, please click here.

Submit two written references

The Referees should be people who have known you for some substantial time, who are not related to you, and who are in a position to comment objectively on your readiness for the course.

You will need to print two copies of the reference form. You should give a copy of the Reference Form and information relating to the course to each referee (forms available on the 'Apply Tab' above).

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the Reference Form have been submitted by the closing date.

Reference Form should be completed and returned confidentially by the referees. The referees must email the Reference Form to myriam.clancy@mtu.ie by Monday 4 April 2022.

Subjects taught

MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

For detailed module information, please go to https://courses.cit.ie/index.cfm/page/course/courseId/index.cfm/page/course/code/CR_HPLTH_9

The course has 90 ECTs credits and will be delivered as follows;

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 MTU approved supervisors. This supervision is not included in course fees and is outside class times.

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.

Credits

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

Duration

3 years (part-time mode of delivery)

No. of weeks per semester: 13 (two semester per academic year)
Duration: 3 years

While the course lectures are delivered on a part time basis, (mostly on Saturdays), students may be required to attend block weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

However, whilst this is a part-time course, the programme requires a significant time commitment both to the academic study at MA level and time commitment to the clinical practice . At least 1 day a week is required for clinical placement and write-ups (this must be during Social Work Office hours to facilitate child protection reporting). Students also have to consider time involved in Personal Therapy, time for Professional Supervision, and academic study for course assignments.

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 MTU 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) At the time of this publication, there is no professional requirement to have a MA in Play Therapy to practice, however, most of our students do continue to Year 3.

The MA in Play Therapy is awarded to successful candidates who complete a module in research skills and a research dissertation.

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.

Post Course Info

Private practice as a Clinical Play Therapist
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services within the HSE
Play Therapist within the school setting / early years setting
Play Therapist within the homeless services
Play Therapist in community projects and Family Resource Centres
Expert witness in court proceedings

Graduates who successfully complete the MA in Play Therapy will have the specialised expertise in an emerging field of research, which in turn, will allow for professional supervision in niche areas

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PgDip/MA

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime,Weekend

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    Course provider