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DIPLOMA IN PLAY THERAPY COURSES

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

CPT-604 Module 4- Working Therapeutically with Groups of Children- developing metaphorical play skills at an advanced level

Cost: $1,800

You will learn:

  • Display drama and role play as play therapy interventions
  • Explore, apply and evaluate a variety of case-management options with individual and groups of children
  • Utilise and evaluate play therapy interventions with children who have severe problems such as emotional, physical, sexual abuse and neglect
  • Demonstrate high-order skills in the use of information technology and statistical methods for the analysis and presentation of clinical , case management, clinical governance and line management data
  • Use an appropriate analytical model to present cases and other information in an effective form for clinical supervision

The new theoretical concepts of Embodiment, Projection and Role (EPR) and the Play Therapy Dimensions Model (PTDM) are introduced. The PTDM provides a framework for clinical decision making before and during sessions as well as for presenting case material for clinical supervision.  Particular attention is given to your ability to work harmoniously and productively within a group, as well as to run and be responsible for play therapy groups.

Role play, based on dramatherapy, is a tool that is particularly suitable for group work. The EPR framework enables the therapist to chart the dramatic development of children and their ability to enter the world of imagination and symbols.

The module further develops sandplay skills to a more advanced level including its use in special situations such as with abused children.

You will be introduced to a range of research methods suitable for play therapy. Ideas about reliability, objectivity, reproduction, and the scientific status of the different models of research will be explored. Particular, but not exclusive, emphasis will be given to a range of techniques used in small scale projects to enable play therapy practitioners to become their own researchers.

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CPT-605 Module 5 - Therapeutic decision taking, based on deepening skills for working with more severe problems

Cost: $1,800

You will learn:

  • Display and manage relevant forms of art therapy skills, including mask making, as play therapy intervention
  • Use sandplay skills in greater depth and for assessment
  • Formulate and analyse a range of different clinical decisions using an appropriate framework including directive work
  • Apply a knowledge of neurobiology to specific conditions encountered as a Play Therapist
  • Prepare and manage essential material necessary for working as a child advocate and witness in court proceedings

Art therapy skills, sand play, analysis of drawings and mask making are used for assessment, as well as interventions for children with severe problems.

Your knowledge of neurobiology is extended to the functions of different parts of the brain and what happens when they go wrong.

The legal Court is covered in terms of advocacy therapeutic support and representation of an abused child or witness. The practical aspects of managing the disclosure of child abuse is explored.

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CPT-606 Module 6 - Integrating the therapeutic tool-kit with practice and research

Cost: $1,800

The aim of this module is to facilitate the transition from being a trainee to becoming an autonomous, reflective, evidence based practitioner who can develop all aspects of play therapy services and serve as worthy ambassador for the profession.

There will be a drawing together in all that has been learnt by the participants during the Certificate and Diploma courses through a series of stimulated play therapy situations.

You will acquire experience of:

  • Adapting and integrating art, clay, sandplay and other skills for use in groups
  • The impact of group endings
  • Exploring the feasibility of establishing a new play therapy service, including funding
  • Developing methods of promoting the services and your own skills
  • Evaluating opportunities for play therapy research
  • Acquiring and using data to manage a service

Course Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete the Diploma 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 as 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 (4000 words) and commentary of a project for developing a play therapy service in a new setting 
  • Obtain satisfactory reports from a clinical supervisor or equivalent and your placement
  •  Satisfactory complete the experiential exercises

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