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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Part-time: 1-2 years

  • Course Type

    PgDip

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    07 March 2018

Course Content

Course content

Modern family life has been transformed by high divorce rates, the decline of the extended family, easy access to alcohol and drugs and other social and cultural factors adversely impacting on many of today's young people. By developing your 'play therapy toolkit' competencies to an advanced level using mediums such as storytelling, music, dance and drama, you will be able to work with children who have serious social, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.

You will focus primarily on developing techniques in non-directive play, encouraging the child to work towards finding their own solutions to problems through play. You will explore ways of integrating the child as the centre of a social system made up of school, family and teams of support. You will also undertake 100 hours of clinically supervised work with children in a variety of practical settings.

Please note that all applications and queries for this course will be dealt with by APAC, and that start dates may differ depending on your location of study. Find out more on the APAC website

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: we entered an increased number of units for this assessment, up from 11% in 2008 to 33% in 2014.

Course Benefits

As you progress, you will develop your own network of contacts and be able to join Play Therapy UK (PTUK) local support groups and meet experienced practitioners. You will join the PTUK as a trainee member, observe the ethical framework and clinical governance requirements designed to protect the public.

You will also undertake 100 hours of clinically supervised work with children in either a primary school, special needs school, nursery, primary health care, hospital, care home or adoption and foster care setting, where you will apply your learning in a practical setting. 

Our Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has a well-established Playwork group which has close links with APAC and professional organisations Play Therapy UK and Play Therapy International.

Modules

  • Working Therapeutically with Groups of Children - Developing Metaphorical Play Skills at an Advanced Level
  • Therapeutic Decision Taking, Developing Skills for Working with More Severe Problems
  • Integrating the Therapeutic Tool-kit with Practice & Research

Job Prospects

Upon graduation you will be able to practise independently as a Certified Play Therapist in a number of settings including schools, primary health care, care homes, adoption and fostering agencies, hospitals and social services where you will work with individual and groups of children with moderate to severe emotional, behavioural and mental health problems.

  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Play Therapy Instructor
  • Play Therapist

Visit the Play Therapy - PG Dip page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

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