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Play Therapy Level 3 Certificate Course

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Play Therapy Level 3 Certificate Course

Play Therapy Course Online: Understand the importance of play psychotherapy in helping 3 - 11 year-old-children, to express mental health challenges and to use play as a coping mechanism, to overcome emotional and physical trauma with this course, written by counselling professionals of many years standing.

Logo ACCPHPlay Therapy has been accredited by ACCPH - The Professional Body for Coaches, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and clinical Hypnotherapists, as a level 3 learning programme. Once you have completed the course plus the final exam, you will be able to join ACCPH as a professional member, and use the letters MACCPH after your name, to show clients that you are a Qualified Play Therapist, with professional standing.

The course is taught by Iona Lister, a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and author. You can read Iona's biographical profile below,

Logo TQUK approved training centerYour qualification will also be endorsed and issued by TQUK - An Ofqual Recognised Awarding Organisation.

The independent endorsement and recognition we have earned for this course is reassuring, but it is important to know that the course primarily focuses on helping you learn as much as possible about Play Therapy, plus how to apply it to real life situations. This course is ideal for anyone working with young children facing mental well-being challenges caused by family breakup, the loss of a parent or sibling, recovering from serious illness, mental trauma caused by being involved in an accident, and more.


Learning Goals: Play Therapy BRE214
  1. Explain the purpose for using play therapy, potential of what it might achieve, and determine situations where it is appropriate to use it as a therapeutic technique.
  2. Explain the therapeutic play continuum, applications of play and play therapy, play therapy tools, advantages and issues arising in therapy.
  3. Explain how play therapy can be used to help children with emotional disturbances such as depression and anxiety disorders.
  4. Explain how play therapy can be used to help children with behavioural disorders such as conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and problems with anger and impulse control.
  5. Explain how play therapy can be used to treat developmental disorders such as autism, intellectual disability and learning disorders.
  6. Determine appropriate uses of play therapy for children suffering from social and family related problems such as grief and loss, crises such as divorce, and trauma-related issues.
  7. Determine uses of play therapy to assist adult populations with specific emotional and psychological problems which can benefit from play.
  8. Explain a range of different but closely related therapies including music, art, and drama therapy, and techniques used in these therapies which are incorporated into play therapy.
  9. Explain how play can be used in occupational therapy and other contexts to help people manage or rehabilitate from physical and mental disabilities, and the role of science and technology.


Lesson Structure: Play Therapy BRE214

There are 9 Lessons to Complete

1  The Foundation for Using Play Therapy

  • Introduction
  • Brief History of Play Therapy
  • What is Play?
  • Play and Cognitive Development
  • Play and Social Development
  • Other Types of Play
  • The Value of Play
  • What is Play Therapy?
  • Approaches to Play Therapy
  • Non-directive Play Therapy
  • Axline’s Principles
  • Landreth’s Perspective
  • The Role of the Play Therapist
  • Play Therapy and Adults
  • Scope of Play Therapy

2  Applications of Play and Play Therapy

  • Introduction
  • Therapeutic Play Continuum
  • Application of Play Thaerapy
  • Who is Play Therapy For?
  • Background Information
  • Choice of Toys and Materials
  • Other Techniques
  • Age Appropriate Choices
  • Aggressive Toys
  • Toys to Avoid
  • Creating the Right Environment for Play Therapy
  • Session Times
  • Play Room
  • Advantages of Play Therapy
  • Research in Support of Play Therapy
  • Issues in Play Therapy
  • Problems Arising During Therapy

3  Play Therapy for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

  • Introduction
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Selective Mutism
  • Specific Phobias
  • Other Anxiety Problems
  • Symptoms of Anxiety Problems
  • Treatment of Anxiety Problems
  • Use of Play Therapy
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Other Depressive Problems
  • Symptoms of Depressive Problems
  • Treatment of Depressive Problems
  • Use of Play Therapy

4  Play Therapy for Behavioural Disorders

  • Introduction
  • Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Use of Play Therapy
  • ADHD
  • Use of Play Therapy

5  Play Therapy for Developmental Disorders

  • Introduction
  • Autism
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disorders
  • Use of Play Therapy

6  Play Therapy for Social and Family Problems

  • Introduction
  • Trauma
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Insecure–avoidant Attachment
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Divorce
  • Death of a parent
  • Schooling
  • Location
  • Use of Play Therapy

7  Play Therapy and Adult Populations

  • Introduction
  • Play Therapy for Adults
  • How Can Play Therapy Help?
  • Benefits to Relationships
  • Application of Play Therapy with Adults
  • Group Play
  • Research Supporting Use of Play Therapy With Adults

8  Related Specialised Creative Therapies

  • Introduction
  • Music Therapy: What is it?
  • Role of the Music Therapist
  • Art Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT)
  • Applying other creative techniques to play therapy

9  Play and Rehabilitation

  • Introduction
  • Injury and Illness
  • Disability
  • Mental Disability
  • Physical Disability
  • Play Therapy
  • Science and Technology


Set Practical Tasks; Play Therapy BRE214
  1. Observe two separate examples of a child or children playing. You may be able to do this with your own children or the children of someone you know. Perhaps you could do this at a playground or park. If not, you may be able to watch some footage of children playing on youtube or television. Spend 20 minutes doing this.
  2. For both examples, make note of the following: a) What age and gender is the child or children (approximate ages are fine). b) Describe the child’s behaviour and why you consider the behaviour to be an example of play? For example, does it resemble pretend play or rough-and-tumble play perhaps? Is there any purpose or end-goal to the behaviour? c) Does the play seem to be appropriate for the child’s age? Discuss in relation to the theories described in this lesson.
  3. Find out what the requirements are for individuals to offer play therapy in your country or region. You may need to contact organisations offering play therapy via email or telephone.
  4. Watch a short video or two on how to set up a playroom for play therapy. You may need to go online and search using phrases such as “video how to set up playroom for play therapy”, “play therapy playroom”, or “ideal playroom for therapy”. Spend around 20 minutes doing this and make notes.
  5. Conduct research into the use of play therapy with anxiety and depression. You might do this online using internet search engines or online libraries, or you might visit a library and consult books and journals or use literature you have to hand.
  6. Try to find out: a) Some examples of recent research (since the year 2000) which has examined the use of play therapy to treat anxious and/or depressive problems in children or youth. What did the researchers find? b) Some examples of play techniques used to treat anxiety and depression. Spend no more than two hours doing this.
  7. Watch a short video or two on play therapy for anger management. You can do this by consulting any video material you have access to, or by going online and searching using phrases such as “play therapy anger video”, “video play therapy anger management”, or “play therapy externalising problems video”. Make notes on techniques you observe. Spend up to half an hour doing this.
  8. Watch a short video or two on ADHD. In particular, study ADHD hyperactivity-impulsivity type behaviour. You can do this by consulting any video material you have access to, or by going online and searching using phrases such as “child with ADHD video”, “video ADHD hyperactivityimpulsivity”, or “ADHD hyperactive child video”. Make notes on what you observe. Spend up to half an hour doing this.
  9. There are many different play therapy techniques that we can use to work with children and adults. Some rely on verbal communication some do not.
  10. Devise three techniques that you could use to encourage a person who is non-verbal to express their emotions.
  11. Look online at videos on sites such as youtube to find video examples of play therapy with children who have been abused, traumatised or experienced family difficulties. Make notes of the types of techniques used. Aim to find at least five different techniques.
  12. Choose one of the following as the basis for your set task: a) Group work with older people with mild dementia. b) Individual work with a woman who has anorexia nervosa c) Individual work with a man who has lost his daughter in a car accident d) Group work with women with depression. Once you have chosen your client(s), carry out research and think of techniques you could use with your chosen group.
  13. Case Study Task
  14. Carry out research online into play therapy equipment. Research equipment suitable for: Adults with dementia, Children with disabilities and Children with family conflict


Course Tutor: Play Therapy BRE214

Iona Lister Tutor CounsellingIona Lister
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.
Iona has also written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.

She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.

Books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.

Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.

Current work includes: Tutor: Courses associated with Creative Writing, Counselling Skills, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotension Practitioner, Facilitator of Teleconference Groups: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Trainer (Skills for Seeing): Macular Society, Reviewer of Books/Information: Macmillan Cancer Support, Fundraiser: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Embroidery/Art Groups Facilitator, Board Member, Website Manager: The Strathcarron Project, Coordinator (Delaware & Tennessee) Human Writes.


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