Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy
Successful completion of the course and the required clinical hours leads to registration as a Certified Play Therapist .
This play therapy course has been clinically accredited by PTUK and PTI.
Successful completion of the course and the required clinical hours
leads to PTUK certification as a Play Therapist on the Professional Standards Authority's AR Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists, managed by PTUK www.playtherapyregister.org.uk. It is also
accredited as a 2 year course (combined with the Certificate). It
is also validated at a number of venues in the UK for academic standards by Leeds Beckett (formerly Leeds Metropolitan) University as part of the MA in Practise based Play Therapy programme
run in a collaborative partnership with APAC.
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Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy
course is designed for anyone who has successfully completed the APAC Certificate in Therapeutic Play and has at least 50 hours experience of working with children or adolescents using play therapy.
Participants may come from any background such as:
Care Home Staff
Adoption/Foster Agency Workers
The Diploma course is the
second part of a programme leading to an
MA in Practise Based Play
Therapy It is at stage
3 of the PTUK
Stage Training Model
has been designed to:
Increase your satisfaction in
working with children
Give you the skills to help
children develop their emotional
Give you the skills to
alleviate behaviour and mental health
Assist your own personal
Provide you with the
Profession Structure Model
competencies defined by PTUK to work with
individuals and groups of children who have moderate
to severe problems
The Diploma course is the
second part of a programme leading to an MA in Practise Based Play
Therapy. It is at stage
3 of the PTUK four stage
course is experiential in nature and will be specifically rooted in non-
directive play therapy.
AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO PLAY THERAPY - Children and their
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 childs
development based upon Freud, Jung, Graff, Fairburn Hillman, Moore and
Jacobson. 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 some of which will gain a CPD certificate in its
own right for the skills learnt.
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.
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
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
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
An ability to use the taught play therapy skills as assessment
The ability to use a full play therapy tool-kit
A basic understanding of play therapy research issues and methods
Module Descriptions (Modules 1 - 5 form the
Certificate in Therapeutic Skills course
(The sequence and content may vary slightly from course to course)
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
Module 7 - Developing Expressive Arts Skills 2 - Music Working With
Parents/Teachers, Assessments through observation using video case
studies Special cases: adopted, fostered
Module 8 - Developing Theatre Form Skills -Therapeutic Story
Telling;. EPR; Assessment methods; Special cases: Loss/Bereavement,
Module 9 - Developing Symbolic Play Skills; Sand Play - Advanced
Skills; Working with Metaphors; Endings, Special cases: Physically and
sexually abused - children who have experienced trauma
Module 10 - Developing Expressive Arts Skills - 3 Art in child
development; Special cases working with Terminally Ill and or abuse;
Court Work; Student presentation
The course is divided into 5 modules
some of which will gain a
CPD certificate in its own right for the skills learnt as above.
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
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 subject of group
discussions the following weekend.
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
Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy will be awarded by PTHK, on the
- Two written case studies,
covering the work with a child for at least 1 year and showing a clear
integration of theory and practice.
- Completion of an
individual practical therapeutic project, designed and documented by
- Continuous evaluation of
course work contributions and ability to work with group dynamics
- Post training
- 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
- Satisfactory attendance on
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15 Days - HK$ 45,000
(inclusive of HK$5,000 deposit to be paid with application). You also have to budget for clinical supervision, books and professional membership of PTHK. Early bird discount, full payment on or before November 30, 2018. Diploma: HK$42,000.
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