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Accredited Diploma Course Details

This play therapy course has been clinically accredited by Play Therapy International (PTI). Successful completion of the course and the required clinical hours leads to PTI certification as a Certified Play Therapist.

The course is validated as part of the MA in Practised based Play Therapy programme run in partnership with APAC.

It is also the only play therapy training programme, worldwide, that has been validated by clinical outcomes research. This provides a high degree of credibility with employers. The qualification gained will considerably enhance your CV.

Email: contact@ptiworldwide.org for Career Guide & full Brochure. To download an application form click HERE (Word), or HERE (pdf).

  • Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Primary School Teachers/Assistants
  • Paediatricians
  • Nursery School Teachers/Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Play School Teachers/Assistants
  • Care Home Staff
  • Adoption/Foster Agency Workers
  • Nurses

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    The Diploma course is the second part of a programme which may lead to to the

    MA in Practised Based Play Therapy. The course is at stage 3 of the PTI's four stage training model

    The course has been designed to:
  • Enhance your career/professional skills
  • Increase your satisfaction in working with children
  • Give you the skills to help children develop their emotional literacy
  • Give you the skills to alleviate behaviour and mental health problems
  • Assist your own personal development
  • Provide you with the Profession Structure Model competencies defined by PTI to work with individuals and groups of children who have moderate to severe problems

  • Successful participants will be awarded 60 M/CAT points.
    Synopsis The course is experiential in nature and will be specifically rooted in non- directive play therapy.

    AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO PLAY THERAPY - Children and their environment

    As in the Certificate course material for the Diploma builds upon the theory and practice of humanistic psychology, particularly that of Virginia Axline ("Dibs In Search of Self") and Carl Rogers and gestalt play therapy developed by Violet Oaklander. It recognises contributions made by others in the early 1900s, such as John Bowlby, Margaret Lowenfeld, Donald Winnicott, Rachel Pinney etc. It extends to a deeper understanding of the unconscious processes in relation to the child�s development based upon Freud, Jung, Piaget and Erikson. It also places importance on the spiritual aspect of human development. Opportunities for many forms of creativity will enrich the contents of the course.

    You will be exploring ways of integrating the child as the centre of a social system, which includes schools, families, and team of support.

    The course is divided into 5 free standing modules.

    The main items in the 'Play Therapy Tool-Kit' are re-visited at a greater level of competence, put into practice with more difficult problems and used as assessment methods.
    Learning Objectives The overall purpose is to enable participants to practice safely and effectively as a Play Therapist.

    Upon successful completion of the course each participant will have gained:

  • The competencies to work with all children (individual and group) of with all problems where Play therapy is suitable and with children and young people with mild to severe problems
  • To make assessments incorporating the PDM
  • A sound understanding of the principles underlying play therapy and the appropriate use of techniques
  • The competencies required for running play therapy sessions with groups of children as well as individuals
  • An ability to assess children's needs and set up a play therapy services unit
  • An ability to make decisions taking into account the ethical issues concerning all parties involved
  • Increased confidence in using play therapy with children and adolescents and communications with referrers, parents and guardians
  • The counselling, therapeutic and practical skills to carry out effective play therapy
  • Awareness of your own process and development
  • A comprehensive theoretical knowledge of child development and child psychology
  • An ability to use the taught play therapy skills as assessment tools
  • The ability to use a full play therapy tool-kit
  • A basic understanding of play therapy research issues and methods
  • Course Structure Module Descriptors (Modules 1 - 5 form the Certificate in Therapeutic Skills course

    (The sequence and content may vary slightly from course to course)

    Module 4 - Sand play skills for working with individuals and related theory; the Use of Natural Materials; Child Development Theory (1); Art Therapy for Individuals

    Module 5 - Dance and Movement skills for working with individuals; Student presentations; Endings

    Module 6 - Introduction to Working with Groups; Developing Metaphors for Group Working; Introduction to Research Methods;. Developing Expressive Arts Skills - 1 - Dance and Movement for Groups; Assessment; Special cases: Autism, Mental/Physical disability
    Learning Methods The course is divided into 5 modules.

    Participants will learn through working with other members of the course about the roles and responsibilities of the therapeutic relationship. There will be tutorials on theory but formal teaching and lecturing will be kept to an essential minimum.

    Learning will be experiential and collaborative using pair, group work, role-play and case presentations. Homework reading and other assignments will provide new information and consolidation of material from the experiential work encountered within the weekends. Assignments will be the subject of group discussions during the following module

    It is essential that participants are working with children whilst the course is in progress. 100 supervised hours need to be completed before the Diploma can be awarded. Group clinical supervision of this work is a primary learning method. The situations and problems that you encounter in real life outside the classroom together with their solutions are an essential part of the learning process.
    Venues Coogee Beach, Sydney, NSW.
    BE Centre, Warriewood, NSW.
    Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand
    Awards The Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy will be awarded, with 60 'M' points, on the basis of:
  • Two written case studies, covering the work with a child for at least 1 year and a group of children showing a clear integration of theory and practice.
  • Completion of an individual practical therapeutic project, designed and documented by the participant.
  • Continuous evaluation of course work contributions and ability to work with group dynamics
  • Post training presentation
  • Evidence of a further 100 hrs supervised hours of working with children using play therapy
  • Completion an an essay of about 3000 words
  • Evidence of regular play therapy supervision
  • Satisfactory attendance on the course
  • In addition, with 60 'M/CAT' points, Play Therapy International will award the Diploma in Play Therapy entitling the use of the title PTI Certified Play Therapist (subject to observing PTI's ethical and CPD requirements).
    Duration 15 days
    Provider APAC
    Fees $8000 NZD for all modules (15 days of training)

    You should also budget for books and 12 hours of clinical supervision if your employer cannot provide this.
    Course Title 1st Module Start Dates of Other Modules
    2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Diploma in Play Therapy

    (At Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand)



    Accommodation: Novotel, Hamilton, New Zealand

    Faculty / Facilitators Led by Monika Jephcott, President of PTI - Europe's most experienced play therapy trainer, supported by APAC's faculty of specialist play therapy and creative arts facilitators.

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