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Play Therapy

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 area is in personal therapy and personal development.

On successful completion of the programme students may be eligible for membership of the Irish representative organisations for Play Therapists. These include the Irish Play Therapy Association, the Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy, and Play Therapy Ireland.

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 23 years old at the time of entry to the programme and have at least two years post qualifying experience of working with children. Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Award Master of Arts in Play Therapy (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).


Duration & Delivery
The programme is offered on a part-time basis over three years.

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.

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 candidates who successfully complete a module in research skills and a dissertation.

Number of credits

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

Further enquiries

Myriam Clancy
T: 021 4326155

Karen O’Connor

Subjects taught

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Master of Arts in Play Therapy (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

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Course fee


Enrolment and start dates

Institute staff will be in attendance during each session to offer career guidance and assistance.

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

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Tuesday 5th September 2017
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Thursday 7th September 2017
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

Please note: Enrolment will take place at the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Art Therapy, Art & Design Education, Teaching Visual Arts for Primary & Early Years Education, Weekend Courses, and Short Courses (Life Drawing/Painting/Photography/Pottery/Stained Glass/Art Portfolio Preparation).

Please note that the next intake for this course is September

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