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Play Therapy

Overview T
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

On successful completion of the programme students may be eligible for membership of the Irish representative organizations 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.


3 years part-time.

No. of weeks: 26 per annum

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 successful candidates who 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: 021-4336155

Karen O’Connor

Subjects taught

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

Semester 1 (Year 1)
• Clinical Work Preparation
• Child Development & Play
• Play Therapy Theory
• Application of Play Therapy Skills
• Observation Techniques
• Clinical Work Practice

Semester 2 (Year 2)
• Neuroscience
• Group and Family Play Therapy
• Play Therapy Processes
• Play Therapy Underpinnings
• Play Therapy Work Practice
• Sand and Art Therapy

Semester 3 (Year 3)
• Play Therapy Research Methods (10 ECTS)
• Research Dissertation (20 ECTS)


Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus.

Course fee

EU Applicants: €6,900

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