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DIPLOMA IN PLAY THERAPY

Applicants for the Diploma course will only be accepted if they have satisfactorily completed the Certificate course

The Diploma revisits and expands upon the play therapy tools taught in the Certificate.  The courses will enable you to work with children who have more severe problems and also to work with children in groups. New theoretical concepts are introduced including: the Embodiment, Projection and Role framework (EPR), the Play Therapy Dimensions Model (PTDM) and the neurobiology implications for specific conditions.

The entry requirements are the successful completion of the taught modules of the Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and a minimum of 50 clinical hours of work with children.

You will be encouraged to consider working directively as well as non-directively with appropriate clients.  You will also be exploring ways of integrating the child as the centre of a social system, which includes schools, families, and team of support. Systemic aspects are considered including your role as an advocate for children who have become part of the justice system.

The courses include the support you need to become a fully autonomous, evidence based, reflective Play Therapist in order to develop a new play therapy service from scratch.

A bridge from tutor-led to student-led study starts early in the Diploma course with an introduction to research methods. During the modules of the Diploma students are required to apply these methods to projects and assignments. Opportunities for many forms of creativity will enrich your learning experience.

Learning Methods

Participants will continue to learn through working with other members of the course, as well as during their practice with children, 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 mainly experiential and collaborative using pair, group work, role-play and case presentations. More emphasis is placed on written work including an essay, a project plan and implementation portfolio. 

As with the Certificate, the Diploma course is organized into three modules:

Module 4- Working Therapeutically with Groups of Children- developing metaphorical play skills at an advanced level

Module 5- Therapeutic decision taking, based on deepening skills for working with more severe problems

Module 6- Integrating the therapeutic tool-kit with practice and research

Course Completion Requirements

In order to successfully pass the course you will need to:

  • Complete 100 clinically supervised sessions with children, within 20 months of starting the course
  • Submit a satisfactory Process Diary
  • Write an in-depth essay on aspects of play therapy (3000 words). This could be the basis of your MA dissertation
  • Submit a case study of a group of children that you have worked with for at least 6 sessions (3000 words)
  • An assessment of series of 3 sand trays produced by one of your clients, showing your understanding of your learning
  • A written analysis and assessment of a series of 3 child’s drawings
  • Produce a portfolio and commentary upon a project for developing a play therapy service in a new setting (equivalent of 4000 words)
  • Obtain satisfactory reports from a clinical supervisor or equivalent and your placement
  • Satisfactory complete the experiential exercises

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