The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy

Play Therapy & Creative Arts Therapies Training Courses

- the largest and most experienced dedicated playtherapy and creative arts therapies training organisation worldwide

- the only play therapy training programmes validated through clinical outcomes

Open Courses

See our YouTube video APAC Course and Career Development by co-founder Jeff Thomas. More videos can be found on our YouTube Channel PlayTherapyTV

We provide training for professionals who wish to work with children using therapeutic play and for Play Therapist certification in the UK by Play Therapy UK (PTUK), and worldwide by Play Therapy International (PTI) Our venues in the UK include: Antrim, NI, Barnsley, BristolEdinburgh, Huntingdon,   Manchester, Truro, Waterloo and Tunbridge Wells; in Ireland in: Dublin and Cork; in the South of France at: St Genest de Contest (Tarn); in Australia in: Sydney NSW and in New Zealand in: Hamilton. And also Hong Kong.

NEW: APAC CEO Monika Jephcott is proud to announce APAC's Post Graduate Certificate running in collaborative partnership with NUI Galway. Summer School for 15 days starts July 2017 Click NUI Galway Details

In the UK venues we deliver our courses as the MA in Practice Based Play Therapy training programme in a collaborative partnership with Leeds Beckett (formerly Leeds Metropolitan) University.

See how successful the courses are: 2009/10 Quality Management Report

 The courses are designed for:
  • Counsellors

  • Psychotherapists

  • Clinical Psychologists

  • Psychiatrists

  • Paediatricians

  • Nurses

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Professional Carers

  • Teachers

  • SENCOs

  • Educational Psychologists


  • TA/LAs

  • Mentors

  • Social Workers

  • Mental Health Policy Makers

  • Clinical Supervisors


Applicants with a relevant degree such as Childhood Studies and those with considerable experience of working with children but without formal academic qualifications are also accepted, subject to review.

Our play therapy training programme is the only one in the world that is validated through clinical outcomes research (over 10,000 cases).  It is accredited by leading play therapy professional organisations. The courses delivered in the UK are validated by Leeds Beckett (formerly Leeds Metropolitan) University for academic standards.

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APAC has trained over 2000 professionals worldwide

APAC also runs in-house playtherapy training courses for schools, social services and local counselling services.


Summer School in the South of France 2017

At  La Mouline, St Genest de Contest, Tarn

Request our complete guide for career advice and our full range of university accredited play therapy training courses by phoning + 44 (0)1825 761143 or email

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