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CERTIFICATE IN THERAPEUTIC PLAY COURSES

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Admission Requirements & Application

The Certificate  is organised into three modules:

CTP-501 Module 1- Orientation to Setting up play practice using non Directive Play Therapy

Cost: $1,800

You will learn how to:

  • Use non-directive play therapy skills through sand play
  • Set up a safe play room and a therapeutic play services
  • Recognise and develop the thinking and skills required for studying at Post Graduate level
  • Successfully establish and assess therapeutic relationships
  • Be able to communicate with children using music and movement therapy skills
  • Analyze, present and apply the principles of the therapeutic play continuum in the context of a spectrum of needs
  • Function within the essential practical, ethical, child protection and legal aspects of working therapeutically with children, including stipulated health and safety procedures
  • Be able to quality assure your work to Register standards
  • Start to assess the impact of current research,  including your own practice data on healing children’s emotional, behaviour and mental health difficulties

The module starts with an introduction to play therapy principles, the latest outcomes research and putting non-directive play into practice. In addition we will cover what is needed to start working safely with the children including confidential record keeping, safety aspects and keeping boundaries.

During this module you will also be given an introduction to movement therapy using the Laban analysis method to understand the body, dynamics, space and relationships that develop, and to communicate with the child during your sessions.  Music builds upon a child’s curiosity for sounds and sound making that emerges during childhood. You don’t have to have nay musical skills because you will be given the music therapy skills to communicate and build relationships with your clients.

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CTP-502 Module 2: Using Symbolic Play Therapy Tools and Metaphor Safely

Cost: $1,800

You will learn how to:

  • Incorporate the use of art (drawing, painting, collage etc), puppets, therapeutic storytelling and clay in their practice
  • Demonstrate a wide ranging knowledge application and practice in relevant aspects of child development theory
  • Appraise therapeutic interventions with children who have attachment/trauma based problems e.g. foster care situations
  • Be equipped with and have an up-to-date knowledge of child protection procedures
  • Assess and successfully practice therapeutic play interventions with children who have conduct, fear, anxiety, mood, sleeping, grief and bereavement problems

A comparative approach is taken in teaching child development and attachment theory. This will enable you to relate the children’s issues and their processes during therapeutic play to theoretical framework.

Therapeutic story telling is based upon the theories of Milton Erickson and incorporates principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). You will be taught how to compose and tell a story to achieve a particular therapeutic objective. Theoretical, as well as practical and experiential work, is undertaken so that you will be able to apply and understand work with images produced by the children in drawing, painting, clay and in sand trays.

The use and making of puppets and how to use them, for example to manage ager, is facilitated.

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CTP-503 Module 3: Using Expressive Art Therapy to Reach the Unconscious

Cost: $1,800

You will learn to:

  • Articulate and apply the relevant principles of neurobiology to working with children and their parent/carers
  • Integrate and evaluate sandplay and creative visualisation (guided imagery) as therapeutic play interventions
  • Assess and work with children who have learning and communication difficulties, attention and over-activity problems (including ADHD)
  • Examine, apply and debate the necessity and impact of safe endings within therapeutic work

One of the reasons why therapeutic play is successful is that it reached the unconscious parts of the brain, whereas talking therapies mainly address the conscious regions. The links between neurobiology and psychological theories will be explored.

This module enables students to gain an experiential understanding of sandplay therapy skills as an ‘X-ray of the soul’.

Creative visualisation will help you and your clients to centre themselves and provides a technique to help children anchor, nurture and cherish themselves. Relaxation exercises are often a vital prelude to other interventions.

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2017 SUMMER INTENSIVE!

CTP-500 - Certificate in Therapeutic Play - (CTP-501, 502 & 503) Take advantage of this Summer Intensive which consists of all three modules of the Certficate Program.  This is the first step in the  process of becoming a Certified Play Therapist. 

Course Dates - July 10 - 24th,  2017 -  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $5,400

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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
  • A Process Diary
  • A PowerPoint presentation showing the effectiveness of play therapy
  • Four written and creative assignments, resulting from your training- equivalent to a total of 6000-8000 words
  • A case study of a client (4000 words)
  • A satisfactory report from a clinical supervisor or equivalent
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