Course Description



The Postgraduate Certificate /Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy has been developed to meet the identified needs of practitioners in the play therapy sector who wish to pursue accredited programmes of study in a flexible manner, complimenting and supporting continued employment.


College Name NUI Galway – Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development
Course Category Early Childhood Education, Education
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Location Galway, Ireland
Delivery mode Distance Learning
Course Start Date 2nd July 2019
Course Fee €3,700 - Cert & €3,900 - Dip
Course Duration 20 months p.a.
Title of Awarding Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
Entry Requirements Candidates must have at least two years’ experience working with children in the relevant sectors and should normally possess a first or second class honours degree in either psychology, education, childhood studies or social work, or have a recognised equivalent professional qualification in a health, social services or education-related field.In exceptional circumstances candidates without a degree or a recognised equivalent qualification, but with significant experience of working with children, may apply. In such cases a portfolio of evidence demonstrating their knowledge and experience of the sector and an ability to study at this level will be required. An interview will also be carried out by the programme board. Non-standard applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as it may take up to 6 weeks to process your application and associated documents.Please contact the Programme Administrator for more information on this application process.
Career Path The course is run in collaboration with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC), the course developers. APAC are leaders in developing and providing training for certified play therapists and for CPD requirements both in the UK and internationally. The course has been developed to meet the Play Therapy International (PTI) standards of practice and training, in conjunction with Play Therapy Ireland (PTIr). On completion of the programme you will attain an NUI Galway postgraduate certificate or diploma and you will also receive an internationally recognized play therapy practice qualification to become a certified play therapist.Qualified play therapists work in a variety of settings including primary schools, special needs schools, pre- schools, primary health care centres, social work centres, child and family centres, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) centres, care homes or adoption/foster care services. Many therapists work independently and set up their own play therapy service.
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