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The Masters in Play Therapy course is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and provides professional training in play therapy. Successful graduates of the MSc Play Therapy course will have completed the formal elements of the training required to practise as a BAPT play therapist.

The MSc Play Therapy focuses on training students to work therapeutically with children aged three to 12 years and their families. The course takes into account current research and practice development in interpersonal neurobiology, the development and influence of the attachment relationship and the influence of environment on the developing nervous system in the early years. You will develop the skills needed to practise as a professional in a responsible and demanding clinical environment.

The MSc Play Therapy course provides theoretical and practical knowledge relating to play therapy, drawing on the experience and skills of qualified play therapists, as well as other creative therapists. The course team is actively engaged in clinical practice, and related research and publishing. Read our Essential Guide to find out more.

What you will study

This is a demanding course and acceptable applicants will be interviewed to assess suitability for training. Students are also required to undertake their own personal therapy (60 hours) and clinical supervision (50 hours) as part of the professional requirement for registration as a Play Therapist. Students are expected to meet these costs in addition to the course fees.

You will study the following modules (subject to revalidation):

  • Child Development and Play
  • Play Therapy Theory and Skills
  • Preparing for Clinical Practice
  • Evidence-based Clinical Practice
  • Working with Children and their Families
  • Advanced Play Therapy Theory and Skills
  • Evaluating Advanced Play Therapy Practice

Teaching

Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops, reflective diaries, research project work and specialist guest speakers.

Assessment

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. Clinical work placements are available as part of this course.

Placements

The MSc Play therapy teaching team supports students in identifying suitable placement opportunities. Students have found placements in a variety of settings, including schools, family centres, charitable organisations and multidisciplinary agencies.

Careers

Career opportunities for play therapists exist in many stimulating areas, such as community groups, social services, education services, the National Health Service and private clients.

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.


Visit the MSc Play Therapy page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

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