An Introduction to Play Therapy

For Individuals and for Schools and Other Organisations

Apply to 01825 761143 or download the Application Form

APAC runs 1, 2 and 3 day introductory play therapy courses which are open to any mature adult. These courses are also run in-house for schools, agencies, social services and other organisations concerned with children’s welfare. These courses are designed for anyone interested in using play therapy or developing their skills in working with children. Also for those wishing to make a career decision. 

The 1-day course is an ideal introduction to play therapy, for individuals, to the interventions and media used in therapeutic play together with our experiential based training methods. We also cover career opportunities and development. It enables you to decide whether you will take to play therapy work and would benefit from our experiential training methods. Time is set aside for personal interviews, if required by you, to discuss any personal issues related to playtherapy training.

The 2 and 3-day courses are ideal as INSET days for primary schools, or CPD training for counselling or social services agencies. Participants will gain skills that they may incorporate in their existing work with children and young persons aged 3 - 14. They will assist organisations to develop an integrated strategy and frame objectives for delivering therapeutic services for children, young persons and families.

APAC also designs and delivers 3 day  therapeutic play courses to help those working with children who have special problems such as physical disabilities or provide specialist services such as respite care.

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The courses introduce mainly non-directive play techniques based upon the humanistic model of Carl Rogers and the work of Virginia Axline, Rachel Pinney and Violet Oaklander. Participants will experience non-directive play therapy for themselves through sandplay and a dip into the main skills (art, music, movement and storytelling ). We will also cover employment opportunities and training requirements for working therapeutically with children. A natural progression is to the Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills course.


We are proud to announce APAC's Post Graduate Certificate running in collaborative partnership with NUI Galway. Summer School for 15 days - 5th July 2017 Click here for NUI Galway details

Venues already validated by Leeds Beckett (formerly Leeds Metropolitan) University are marked LBU

Venues in Ireland validated by National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and marked NUI

South East England

Midlands & East Anglia

Northern Ireland

West of England & Wales

North of England





  • La MoulineLBU St Genest de Contest, Tarn, Midi Pyrenees, France and other locations upon request

Faculty / Facilitators

Selected from APAC's faculty.


  • UK Courses - £130
  • Irish Courses - €190
LocationVenueStart Date
Barnsley Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, Barnsley 06-May-17
Belfast Edgehill College, Belfast 10-Jun-17
Birmingham The Beeches, Bournville, Birmingham 30-Sep-17
Bristol Engineers' House, Clifton Down, Bristol 04-Nov-17
Cambridge Buckden Towers, Buckden, Cambridgeshire 11-Nov-17
Chester Trafford Hall, Chester 11-Nov-17
Dublin Marino Conference Centre, Dublin 22-Apr-17
Edinburgh Rosebery House (Children In Scotland Centre), Edinburgh 03-Jun-17
Glasgow Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Glasgow 27-Nov-17
London Union Jack Club, Waterloo, London 03-Jun-17
Manchester Pinewood-on-Wilmslow, Handforth, Manchester 30-Sep-17
Truro Epiphany House, Truro 22-Apr-17
Tunbridge Wells Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Kent 14-Oct-17
Windsor Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor 07-Oct-17
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