The National University of Ireland, Galway, are responsible for the management of academic quality and the post graduate awards for these courses delivered in the Republic of Ireland.
The professional award which enables successful students to practice clinically is made by PTUK, or for overseas students by PTI. Successful participants will be placed as 'Certified Practitioners in Therapeutic Play Skills' on the Register - Play Therapy UK's Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
We are proud to announce APAC's Post Graduate Certificate running in collaborative partnership with NUI Galway. Summer School for 15 days starts July 2018 Click For More Details.
The 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:
- Counsellors Psychotherapists
- Clinical Psychologists
- Primary School Teachers/Assistants
- Nursery School Teachers/Assistants
- Social Workers
- Play School Teachers/Assistants
- Care Home Staff
- Adoption/Foster Agency Workers
The Diploma course is the second part of a programme leading to an MA in Practised Based Play Therapy It is at stage 3 of the PTUK four stage training model
The course has been designed to:
- Enhance your career/professional skills
- Increase your satisfaction in working with children
- Give you the skills to help children develop their emotional literacy
- Give you the skills to alleviate behaviour and mental health problems
- Assist your own personal development
- 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 Practised Based Play Therapy. It is at stage 3 of the PTUK four stage training model
The course is experiential in nature and will be specifically rooted in non- directive play therapy.
AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO PLAY THERAPY - Children and their environment
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 child's 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 main items in the 'Play Therapy Tool-Kit' covered in the 'Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills' are re-visited at a greater level of competence and converted into skills to be used with therapeutic groups. You will also learn how to deal with more difficult problems and using the PDM as an assessment tool.
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 gained:
- The competencies to work with all children (individual and group) of with all problems where Play therapy is suitable and with children and young people with mild to severe problems
- To make assessments incorporating the PDM
- 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 services unit
- 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 child psychology
- An ability to use the taught play therapy skills as assessment tools
- 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, Separation
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. P
articipants 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 essential minimum.
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. (These hours are additional to those required for the certificate course). 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 learning process.
15 days consisting of 5 x 3 day modules (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) spread over 7 - 9 months. Alternatively as a 15 day intensive course at the Summer School in La Mouline, South of France and in Hong Kong , Sydney, Australia, Hamilton , New Zealand and Ireland
The Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy will be awarded, with 60 'M' points, on the basis of:
- 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 the participant.
- Continuous evaluation of course work contributions and ability to work with group dynamics Post training presentation
- 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 therapy supervision
- Satisfactory attendance on the course
Click here for NUI Galway details
Leeds Beckett (formerly Leeds Metropolitan) University are marked LBU
Venues in Ireland validated by National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and marked NUI
East of England
- Buckden TowersLBU, Buckden Towers, High Street, Buckden, Cambridgeshire, PE19 5TA
South East England
- Salomons EstateLBU, Broomhill Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0TG
- Beaumont EstateLBU, Near London, Burfield Road, Old Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2JJ
- London The Union Jack ClubLBU, Sandell Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 8UJ
West of England & Wales
North of England
- Pinewood on WilmslowLBU, Wilmslow Rd, Handforth, Wilmslow, Manchester, SK9 3LF
- The Northern CollegeLBU, Wentworth Castle, Barnsley, S75 3ET
- Trafford HallLBU, Ince Lane, Chester, CH2 4JP
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- La MoulineLBU, St Genest de Contest, Tarn, Midi Pyrenees, France
and other locations upon request
Faculty / Facilitators
Selected from APAC's faculty.
- UK Courses - £3250 plus University Registration fee - £370
- Irish Courses - €3950 including University Registration fee
You can pay online at Play Therapy Shop
The additional registration fee shown above is to register with the University for this course as a part of the MA in Practise Based Play Therapy programme. There will be additional University registration fees if you subsequently proceed to the Diploma and MA stages.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is available, at extra cost, on site at Buckden Towers, Marino Conference Centre, Wentworth Castle and Salomons. Rooms are limited in number so please book early direct with the location.
|Diploma Course Location||1st Block||2nd Block||3rd Block||4th Block||5th Block|
|Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Barnsley ||26-02-21 ||07-05-21 ||02-07-21 ||24-09-21 ||26-11-21 |
|The Beeches, Bournville, Birmingham||02-10-20 ||11-12-20 ||26-02-21 ||23-04-21 ||25-06-21 |
|The Engineers' House, Clifton Down, Bristol||03-07-20 ||11-09-20 ||13-11-20 ||15-01-21 ||23-04-21 |
|The Cambridge Belfry, Cambourne||09-10-20 ||11-12-20 ||19-02-21 ||23-04-21 ||09-07-21 |
|The Ennismore Retreat Centre, Montenotte, Cork||19-03-21 ||21-05-21 ||09-07-21 ||10-09-21 ||12-11-21 |
|Marino Conference Centre, Dublin||23-10-20 ||15-01-21 ||12-03-21 ||14-05-21 ||02-07-21 |
|The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Glasgow||22-01-21 ||19-03-21 ||07-05-21 ||25-06-21 ||17-09-21 |
|etc. Venues, Drummond Gate, Pimlico||26-06-20 ||02-10-20 ||04-12-20 ||29-01-21 ||26-03-21 |
|The Pinewood Best Western Hotel, Wilmslow, Cheshire||05-03-21 ||14-05-21 ||09-07-21 ||08-10-21 ||26-11-21 |
|The Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Kent||29-01-21 ||12-03-21 ||14-05-21 ||18-06-21 ||24-09-21 |
Dates are correct at the time of publishing but maybe subject to change so please check with the office on 01825 761143 before booking.