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Whether you are interested in building your own play therapy business, have a background in psychology, counselling or education and would like to work towards gaining a licence in this area, or are a parent whose child is about to undergo, or who already is undergoing play therapy, and you would like to understand it better, the Play Therapy Course is for you.

What is Play Therapy?

Many people who are working in the field of mental health or who have received special training about dealing with children have researched extensively and discovered that development and learning are best brought about as a result of play.

The purpose of play therapy is to help children who have some kind of social and emotional skills missing, learn the adaptive behaviours that are needed to survive socially in today's world. Furthermore, this therapy technique can also be used to provide children with insight about the problems that they are facing and help them in finding various solutions to these problems. Play therapy is also known to promote cognitive development within the minds of children.

In most cases, it is hoped that children will, as a result of play therapy, learn the different ways in which they can communicate with other people and express their feelings. Furthermore, the therapy technique is also designed to help children in modifying or correcting their behaviour, learn various problem-solving skills that are essential at their stage of development and help them learn how they can and should relate to other people.

What You'll Learn from the Play Therapy Course

This course guides you through 9 comprehensive modules:

  1. What is Play Therapy?
  2. Why Use and Learn Play Therapy?
  3. Types of Play therapy
  4. Self-Esteem and Play Therapy
  5. Trauma and Play Therapy
  6. The Future of Play Therapy
  7. Precautions
  8. Case Studies
  9. Conclusion

This may be a brand new concept to you or you may be a lot more acquainted with the theories behind the practice, either way the first module of the Play Therapy Course aims to give everyone the same understanding of what play therapy actually is, how it works, and its relevance.

To become a play therapist, you need to understand the benefits of its use over other types of therapies and how you can help children with their specific problems. Module 2 informs students in these areas, as well as beginning to talk about how you can progress in a career in this area, and what you'll learn from this course.

The third module of the Play Therapy Course is where you will learn all the types of play therapies that are used, such as sensory and embodiment play therapy, dramatic roleplaying, art and crafts, storytelling, sand-pits, and mosaics, and the techniques and applications of each. Also covered here, is information on how to set up a suitable environment for play therapy.

Self-esteem is a very important part of play therapy. Module 4 teaches students about the psychology behind self-esteem and self-esteem from a child's perspective. This module also outlines how you can use play therapy to improve a child's self-esteem.

Many of the clients receive will have suffered some sort of trauma. The fifth module of the Play Therapy Course will give you an understanding of how trauma works, the symptoms, and the consequences of going through trauma. You will then learn how play therapy can help a child overcome the obstacles presented by trauma, and enable students to understand and empathise with their clients.

As a relatively new therapy, there is still a lot of research going on in the area of play therapy. Module 6 will guide you through the future and scope of the practice, including a variety of topics and possible future developments, and you will be exposed to what the proponents and established practitioners of play therapy have to say about the profession.

Module 7 of the Play Therapy Course guides learners through the explicit dos and don'ts of play therapy. This ensures that the children and their parents get the most out of each session and ensures that you, as the therapist, continue to hone your skills in this area and gain a good reputation, which in turn will help your business to flourish.

Now that you understand play therapy, Module 8 guides students through real-life case studies, from both the client's and therapist's points of view, to give concrete examples of the ‘how' and ‘why' play therapy works, as well as showcasing example methods.

To round out the Play Therapy Course, Module 9 concludes the lessons by summarising what has been learnt. In addition, this module also lists the next steps for you to take on your journey to becoming a professional play therapist.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

This course is ideal for those who are either complete beginners to the field of Play Therapy, and are considering making a career change, with the aim of getting an insight and understanding of play therapy.

For existing play therapists, psychologists, therapists, teachers, counsellors, coaches, carers, nurses, social workers and parents, the Play Therapy Course will improve the knowledge they already have and pass on some new skills in the area.

This course is also ideal for those who are interested in a career in play therapy, but are unsure if they want to commit themselves to financially and time-wise to a full Play Therapy qualification.

Play Therapy as a Career

To work as a Play Therapist, many employers will prefer you to have an approved postgraduate qualification and be registered with the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) or Play Therapy UK (PTUK). You would also need to pass checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Play Therapy Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: What is Play Therapy?

  • Introduction
  • How Does This Therapy Technique Work?
  • Play Therapy: A History
  • Why is Play Therapy Still Relevant?
  • Key Elements Worth Knowing About
  • Course Assessment

Module 2: Why Use and Learn Play Therapy?

  • Advantages of Play Therapy
  • Who uses Play Therapy?
  • Providing 1-2-1 Play Therapy
  • Getting to Know Your Clients
  • Becoming a Professional Play Therapist
  • What to Do Next?
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 3: Types of Play therapy

  • An Introduction to Types of Play Therapy
    • Psychological Therapy
    • Sensory and Embodiment Play Therapy
    • Dramatic Role Playing as Therapy
  • Art in Play Therapy
  • Creating the Right Environment for Play Therapy
  • Stories and Story Telling
    • Mutual Storytelling Technique
    • Modelling Story telling
  • Sand Pits and Creative Mosaics for Play Therapy
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 4: Self-Esteem and Play Therapy

  • What is Self-Esteem?
  • Self-Esteem in Psychology
  • Self-Esteem in Child Psychology
    • Infancy
    • Toddlerhood
    • Preschool
    • School
  • How Do Children View Their Self-Esteem?
  • Play Therapy for Improving Self-Esteem
    • Children and self-esteem
    • Some statistics
  • What Can the Parents Do?
  • Your role as a Play Therapist
  • Some Techniques Used in Play Therapy
    • Pretend Play
    • Encourage independence
    • Self-awareness
  • How to Provide Therapy For Self-Esteem
  • Techniques Used in Play Therapy
    • The Feeling Word game
    • Colour Your Life
    • Balloons of Anger
    • The Mad Game
    • Beat the Clock
    • Worry Can
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 5: Trauma and Play Therapy

  • What Constitutes a Traumatic Experience for Your Client?
  • Advantages of Play Therapy for Those Who Suffer from Trauma
  • What is Effective Therapy?
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 6: The Future of Play Therapy

  • Research Endeavours in Play therapy
  • Efficacy and Effectiveness
    • Who Benefits from Play Therapy?
    • Lagging behind
  • Current Scope of Play Therapy
  • Advocacy for Play Therapy - What Do the Proponents Say?
  • Variety of Symptoms
  • Precautions
  • Why Play Therapy is Safe and Effective
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 7: Precautions

  • Dos
  • Don'ts
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 8: Case Studies

  • Play Therapy Case Studies
  • Two Case Studies of Child Centered Play Therapy for Children Referred with Highly Disruptive Behaviour
    • Clients
    • Treatment
    • Design and Procedures
    • Instrument
  • Individualized Case Results and Discussion For Anton
    • Background
    • Measures of Progress
    • Non-treatment Factors Potentially Influencing Changes in Ratings
    • Conceptualization and Discussion of Results for Anton
    • Self-Perception and Expectations
    • Non-treatment Factors
  • Individualized Case Results and Discussion For Berto
    • Background
    • Measures of Progress
    • Non-treatment Factors Potentially Influencing Changes
    • Conceptualization and Discussion of Results for Berto
    • Anxious/Depressed Feelings Leading to Disruptive Behaviour
    • Conclusions
  • Julie - Play Therapist in the NHS
  • Simon - Play Therapist in Social Services
  • Kath - An Independent Pay Therapist
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 9: Conclusion

  • What Did We Learn?
  • Next Steps
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

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Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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