An Introduction to Play Therapy

For Individuals and for Schools and Other Organisations

Apply to 01825 761143 or download the Application Forms:

PTUK Application Forms:  Word / PDF

PTIrl Application Forms: Word / PDF

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.


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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

West Midlands

West of England & Wales

North of England


Northern Ireland


For Garda vetting please contact


  • 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

Course Dates

LocationVenueStart Date
BarnsleyNorthern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, Barnsley23-Nov-2019
CambridgeThe Cambridge Belfry, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire23-Nov-2019
ChesterThe Mollington Banastre, Mollington, Chester23-Nov-2019
GlasgowGolden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Glasgow30-Nov-2019
LondonUnion Jack Club, Waterloo, London1-Dec-2019
WindsorBeaumont Estate, Old Windsor1-Feb-2020
HexhamSlaley Hall, Hexham, Northumberland8-Feb-2020
CorkSt Dominic's Retreat, Ennismore, Cork, Ireland22-Feb-2020
TruroEpiphany House, Truro22-Feb-2020
BirminghamThe Beeches, Bournville, Birmingham29-Feb-2020
ManchesterPinewood-on-Wilmslow, Handforth, Manchester7-Mar-2020
Tunbridge WellsThe Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Kent28-Mar-2020
AntrimClotworthy House, Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim25-Apr-2020
BristolThe Engineers' House, Clifton Down, Bristol25-Apr-2020
DublinMarino Conference Centre, Dublin25-Apr-2020
EdinburghRosebery House (Children In Scotland Centre), Edinburgh2-May-2020
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