Play Therapy Skills

Play Therapy Skills

Develop play therapy skills for use in the workplace or as a foundation for further study.

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  • Accredited training with one-to-one tutor support.
  • Study at home in your own time.
  • Short 4 module course with a strong practical focus – approx 28 hours of study.
  • Ideal for counsellors, teachers, classroom assistants, parents and others working with children.
  • Accredited CPD certificate, recognised by employers and a useful addition to your CV.
  • Access your online course through our new online interface as well as PDFs delivered directly to your inbox that you can save to your computer abd print off.
  • Good foundation for further study.

[testimonial company=”Play Therapy Skills” author=”Claire Hanson” image=””]I loved the practical focus in this course. It gave me a lot of useful ideas that I could apply straight away in school, and we’ve also introduced many new activities designed to help the children develop their emotional skills. The tutor was a great source of support and advice throughout the process. The course really opened my eyes to the many different, non-verbal ways in which we can communicate with children, and just as importantly how we can help them to explore their own feelings and experiences in a supportive way.[/testimonial]

The course shows students how to communicate with children effectively through play, and also shows how play can be a means of teaching children essential personal and social skills. The course also includes a clear outline of the theory of play and play therapy, as well as many practical suggestions on how play therapy can be used in different settings.

With distance learning, you can develop new work skills in just three hours a week!

There are no set class times, so you can fit study into your life in a way that suits you. You’ll benefit from one-to-one support from an expert personal tutor who you can contact by email or instant chat at any time.

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  • CPD Level 2 Certificate in Play Therapy Skills


Payment Options

Costs – Online Course: £180

Postal Course: £260

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Course Outline

Module One: The Importance of Play Therapy. Explore definitions of play; understand the role of play in learning and development; explore the role of play in early education; explore the value of play therapy.

Module Two: Preparing for Play Therapy. Explore some key aspects of child development; learn how to plan a play therapy room; explore safety issues in play therapy.

Module Three: Play Therapy in Practice. Explore some key play therapy techniques and approaches; connecting to the child; explore the development of emotional awareness; consider the main boundaries in play therapy.

Module Four: The Origins of Play Therapy. Explore the historical background to play therapy; learn about some of key theories in the development of play therapy; learn about the importance of self-awareness for the play therapist.

Why Choose Us?

Our tutorial support is second-to-none. You’ll be assigned a personal tutor as soon as you enrol who will work with you all the way through. You can contact your tutor directly at any time if you have any questions or problems, or if you would just like a chat about how the course is going. Tutorial support is by e-mail and/or instant chat.

Borders Connect is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. All of our home study courses include study material, which is sent out in an attractive, hardwearing folder, essential course books and full tutorial support. We are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council, registered with the Online Learning Council, and listed on the National Register of Learning Providers.