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Practice Based Play Therapy

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

Course Profile
• 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 year 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 phase, once the Certificate has been successfully completed.

Entry requirements

• Must have at least two years’ experience working with children in the relevant sectors and should normally possess a first or second class honours degree in either psychology, education, childhood studies or social work, or have a recognised equivalent professional qualification in a health, social services or education-related field;

• Candidates without a degree, or a recognised equivalent qualification, but with significant experience of working with children, who can produce a satisfactory portfolio of evidence demonstrating their ability to study at this level, may be accepted in exceptional circumstances;


Part-time, 20 months (Certificate), 20 months (Diploma) Mode of study: Classroom-based.

Number of credits

ECTS: 30 (Certificate), 30 (Diploma).

Careers or further progression

The course provides an opportunity for those interested in developing their skills to work therapeutically with children and for those who wish to make a career decision to become a play therapist. The principles of play therapy are used by a wide range of professionals, such as counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, teaching staff, occupational therapists, nurses and social workers.

Further enquiries

Name: Monika Jephcott

Assessment method

Assessment differs from module to module, depending on the learning outcomes. Students must also pass the practice placement, have a satisfactory report from their clinical practice supervisor and complete the stipulated number of practice hours.

Course fee

Fees: (per annum) EU: Certificate, €3,700; Diploma, €3,900 Non-EU: Certificate, €4,200; Diploma, €4,400.

Enrolment and start dates

How can I apply?
Apply online at:

Start Date: Early July 2016.

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