Who is this course for:
The course is particularly suitable for those wishing to add therapeutic play skills to their existing psychological therapy skills, and/or those working with children including:
• Counsellors and psychotherapists or psychologists
• Teaching staff
• Occupational Therapists
• Nurses and social workers Special
• To focus on play therapy as a method of alleviating a child's emotional, conduct, social and mental health problems using play and creative arts therapies
• To provide an opportunity for experienced practitioners and graduates with relevant professional qualifications to study play therapy at an advanced level, fostering the knowledge, judgment and skills necessary to challenge boundaries at the forefront of the discipline
• To enable participants to apply the therapeutic perspective of play therapy to other types of work with a wider client group
• To provide participants with sufficient skills to obtain work as professional play therapists or establish their own play therapy service.
The course will be delivered during an intensive summer school course of 15 days from early July each academic year. One hundred hours of clinical work with children per stage must be achieved for the Certificate and the Diploma in addition to set written assignment work. This workload normally requires a minimum of 20 months per programme to complete spanning two academic years. Students can exit the course at the end of the Certificate stage or progress to the Diploma stage, once the Certificate has been successfully completed. Students will also attain a professional award of Practice Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (on completion of the Certificate), and an award of Certified Play Therapist (on completion of the Diploma).