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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Distance Learning: 1 year

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    07 March 2018

Course Content

Course content

As a qualified play therapist, you will already be aware of the importance of self-expression and creative mediums in therapy. Whether you are aiming for a promotion within your current field or want to explore a particular play therapy topic, this MA will enhance your existing therapy skills through research, allowing you to further improve the lives of vulnerable children.

You will study the latest theories in this emerging sector, exploring the shift from traditional therapy methods to more modern techniques such as movement, breathing and sensory activities.

At the beginning of your course, you will use your experience to choose your area of specialist research and develop a proposal for practice-based play therapy research that will form the basis for your dissertation.

Delivered by the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC) and validated by the University as part of a collaborative partnership, you will undertake this course online, enabling you to fit your study around your personal and professional commitments. 

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

We deliver our course in partnership with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC), ensuring you study the latest theories in this emerging sector, including the importance of neurobiology on improving the effects of play therapy for traumatised children. When you complete the course you will have a recognised accreditation.

We also have strong links with Play Therapy UK (PTUK) and Play Therapy International (PTI), the leading innovators in the profession, offering you expert career advice and a wealth of knowledge.

Our flexible online course gives you the opportunity to work at your own pace, allowing you to fit your study around your personal commitments. You will have access to a range of training sessions run by APAC at venues across the UK, along with the support of our dedicated tutors and the opportunity to debate and share your experiences in our virtual lecture rooms and chat rooms. You will be able to join forums where you can post your thoughts and learn from your tutors and fellow students.

Modules

  • Developing a Practice Based Play Therapy Research Proposal
  • Research Dissertation for Practice Based Play Therapy

Job prospects

On completion of this course you will be well placed to aim for a promotion in your field, progress into a research role or enter academic work. You could also go on to take the courses you need to become a PTUK certified trainer, helping future play therapists begin their careers in this increasingly important area.

  • Play Therapist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Community Worker

Visit the Practice Based Play Therapy - MA page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

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