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Play Therapy

Play Therapy 100 Hours Certificate Course.

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Play Therapy Online Course

Learn how Play Therapy can help children deal with mental health challenges.  Play Therapy is used as a coping mechanism, to overcome emotional and physical trauma.

Anyone working with young children facing mental health challenges caused by family breakups, the loss of a parent or sibling, recovering from serious illnesses, or being involved in an accident can benefit from this Play Therapy online course.


The Role of the Play Therapist

The Therapist will use information gathered during play sessions such as the child’s behaviour and mood to help understand them and what might be contributing towards their problems. Sometimes play therapy is used to diagnose problems, other times the problems are understood, and the child has been recommended for play therapy.

During play sessions, the therapist interacts gently with the child to help facilitate healing. Play may be used to reinforce appropriate behaviour by offering encouragement and displaying empathy for the child’s feelings.

Sometimes parents or caregivers may be encouraged to join in a session, though not usually. However, they do often instruct parents about how they can use play and other methods to help maintain the child’s progress outside of the therapy setting.

A play therapist or person offering play therapy may work independently, or they may be part of a health care team providing support to a child or adult.


The Certificate in Play Therapy, is 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.

Training Qualifications UK, (TQUK).  Your qualification is also endorsed and issued by TQUK.

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Lesson Structure: Play Therapy BRE214

There are 9 Lessons:

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
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