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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 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.

Applicants must include a personal statement, detailing why they are choosing this career.

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


3 Years Part-Time.

No. of weeks: 26 per annum
Duration: Three years

This course is run on Saturdays but an additional half day weekly is required for placement (this must be during Social Work office hours to facilitate child protection reporting). Students may be required to attend for block residential weekends (Friday, Saturday, 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.

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

MA: 90
P.Grad.Dip.: 60

Further enquiries

Karen O'Connor
T: 021-4336155

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)
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

Application date

Course fee

EU Applicants: €6,900 (€2,300 per annum) Clinical Supervision (from approved supervisors), personal therapy and playroom materials are additional.

Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

For further information on the USI levy please go to:

Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Students can check their account balance and pay their fees online at

Failure to pay fees on time will result in a late payment fee of 10% being applied and students will no longer have access to IT Facilities.

• Where course fees are being funded by an employer, you are asked to seek payment or reimbursement from your employer. Where an employer requires an invoice in their Company name the employer must e-mail with the relevant details and the amount of Fees they will be funding.

• For Semesterised courses, students pay for the relevant modules at the beginning of each semester. Payment of fees by laser, debit or credit card can be made online at or by phoning +353 21 433 5440.

Students should familiarise themselves with the relevant section of the Student Regulations.

Please note that the Fees Office will use your CIT email account for important communications.

Withdrawing from a course
Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail

Refund Policy
All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

Enrolment and start dates

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

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