Qualification Courses accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists are post-Graduate level and it is usual for trainees to hold a first qualification in either teaching, social work, occupational therapy or other related field and to have extensive experience of working with children.
There are three minimum entry requirements:
Personal therapy and supervised practice are essential elements of the training.
The courses listed below have been accredited by the Association and are therefore recognised by BAPT as providing entitlement to Full membership and a qualification to practise.
Details of Introductory days/Summer Schools/Foundation Courses can be found on the Short Courses and events page of this website. Short Courses and Events
The Play Therapy Masters programme aims to provide students with a course of study that will prepare them for clinical practice within the public and private sector. On successful completion of the MA in Play Therapy students will be entitled to register as a full member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)
The current programme is made up of nine modules that encompass the theoretical, practical and experiential learning experience required to become professional Play Therapists. The restructured course now runs over two full years with attendance on the University site two days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays) for the first five terms, with further components offsite that require at least one further day of time commitment. The course is designed to prepare the students for therapeutic practice that is theoretically sound and emotionally aware.
The training is based upon a Person-Centred perspective and serves to enable students to competently practice with a variety of child mental health difficulties. One of Roehampton’s strengths is its clear and coherent theoretical foundations that influence each of the courses in the programme.
The MA programme provides the opportunity for students to research and explore specific or general areas of Play Therapy theory and practice:
1. Human Development and Growth
2. Play Therapy Theory and Skills 1
3. Placement 1 (including Placement Preparation and inhouse small group supervision)
4. Child Observation
5. Process Group
6. Placement 2
7. Play Therapy Theory and Skills 2: Working with different client groups
8. Play Therapy in Context
9. Research Methods & Portfolio: This module is the culmination of the Masters Programme & is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of research methodology, and to enable them to plan, design and carry out a research project and write a research dissertation.
All students are required to be in personal therapy throughout the training and conduct various short and medium term supervised Play Therapy placements.
As part of the School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies, Play Therapy is part of a thriving research community. Students may continue to PhD level, undertake a very detailed research dissertation.
Enquiries, Roehampton University, Whitelands College, Holybourne Avenue, LONDON SW15 4JD
020 8392 3232
020 8392 3220
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Length: Part time 3 years
Location: Newport Campus
MSc Play Therapy at USW aims to equip students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills to work therapeutically with children and their families, using play as the primary medium.
On successful completion of the MSc Play Therapy, students will be eligible for full membership with BAPT and work as a Play Therapist.
Course Leader for MSc. Play Therapy and MSc. Play and Therapeutic Play
School of Psychology, Early Years and Therapeutic Studies
University of South Wales
Telephone: : 01633 432071
he MSc Play Therapy is a new collaboration between With Kids (a Scottish charity) and the MSc Art Psychotherapy (International) at Queen Margaret University.
The course aims to educate the next generation of play therapists to enable them to work safely and therapeutically with complex children and families.
The key areas of study are:
The course is delivered in Glasgow.
To request an application pack or seek further information, please contact