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Emphasis on experiential and practical work
The Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills, the Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy and the MA in Practice Based Play Therapy courses and programme are validated by the Leeds Beckett University when delivered in the UK, and with the National University of Ireland (Galway). You will gain international and national qualifications based on the highest play therapy standards (PTUK, PTI).
We train you in the play therapy skills that will enable you to obtain worthwhile posts. Don't waste your time and money on courses that are not accredited by a university and also not by professional organisations.
In countries outside the UK, APAC strives to obtain equivalent recognition, where feasible. The situation is constantly evolving, for example:
In Ireland The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (the NQAI) approved the alignment of the APAC courses stated above. This means that participants successfully completing the courses will have awards fully equivalent to those made by an Irish university and are at level 9. The National University of Ireland has accredited the MA in Practice Based Play Therapy when delivered in Ireland. This is an important consideration for employers.
In Australia the courses are recognised by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
Leeds Beckett University accredits the APAC play therapy training courses delivered in: Antrim, Barnsley, Bournville, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Huntingdon, London, Manchester, Truro, Tunbridge Wells, and Windsor. National University of Ireland accredits APAC play therapy training courses delivered in Dublin, Cork and Galway.
Internationally and nationally accredited courses
Skills for working in real life as a therapeutic play practitioner or a play therapist are gained more quickly and successfully on an experiential rather than a theoretical orientated course. You'll be able to start to work safely and effectively more quickly with children. We'll give you the confidence to start working with children from the first module of our Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play course. This will please your employer, if they are funding your play therapy training. How do we know this? From over 20,000 case reports submitted by our existing and former trainees.
Integrated learning processes
The learning processes used by APAC are far more than providing just course lectures and presentations. They are based upon:
- Acquiring knowledge - from presentations and reading material
- Understanding the impact yourself of the techniques that have been demonstrated through the experiential exercises - experiencing the processes that the children will go through during therapy
- Turning the knowledge into practical experience by working with children in a placement during the course period, receiving feed back from your Tutors and through undertaking a play therapy service project
- Being supported and advised upon your work with children, by our faculty, which will help you to become competent
- Guided reflection upon your progress and personal development
- The practical therapeutic exercises using play and creative arts enable you to experience the processes that children undergo when taking part in therapeutic play. Many find that the exercises enable them to work through their own issues thereby enhancing their own personal development.
- Group supervision, in which your work with children is discussed with the Supervisor and other participants, accelerates your learning, dealing with real issues and problems that you will encounter.
- The use of a process diary enables the Course Director to mentor your learning and personal development processes.
- Integrating research with practice. Research methods are progressively introduced throughout the programme. Using the data that you obtain from the therapeutic play and play therapy with your clients enables you to analyse and reflect upon your own work as well as generating practice based evidence.
Our training centres are chosen for their peaceful, non-institutional environments. Many are delightful, restored, country houses usually with large peaceful grounds. They are never traditional classrooms.
Flexible programme to meet your needs
Most of our play therapy training courses take place over a Friday and week-end so that you won't have to take too much time off work. The timing also makes it easier to make arrangements to suit your family. The location of our centres is within 2 hours drive of 80% of the population of England. For those who do not wish to travel we can arrange local training.
The latest PTUK research shows that our students achieve excellent clinical results as measured by the respected Goodmans SDQ psychometric instrument. No other course measures clinical outcomes of their trainees' work to the extent that we do. This enables us to predict the performance, overall, of the trainees who successfully complete the courses. Between 70% and 84% of the children, receiving therapeutic play or play therapy from practitioners successfully trained by APAC show a positive change. The more severe the problems, the greater the percentage of children showing a positive change.
If you would like talk to any of our past or present course participants please get in touch with us.
Here are a few things that our course participants have kindly said about APAC and the play therapy training courses, mostly in response to our question 'Would you recommend the course to others and why?':