Play is an important therapy to encourage healing in children and adults experiencing physical, mental or emotional trauma. Play therapy can improve mood, coping skills, problems solving, self-awareness, social skills and more. This course is ideal for health professionals, counsellors, teachers, parents and toy and game professionals.
The Certificate of Play Therapyis an online program that will teach you how to apply play therapy to help those with mental health conditions and developmental disorders to regain their motivation and emotional stability. You will also discover how play therapy can help with dementia, family problems and grief and loss.
In this professional development course, you will gain an understanding of the foundations of play therapy, as well as how to create the right environment and choose the right toys, materials and activities to suit a specific client.
You will also learn about the related specialised creative therapies, such as music, art, drama and dance as therapeutic tools to treat adults and children.
On completion of this course, you will have a better awareness and understanding of the role of play therapy and how to apply play-based and creative therapies to help those with mental health conditions and behavioural disorders.
Unit 1 - The foundation for using play therapy
What is play?
Play and cognitive development
Play and social development
The value of play
What is play therapy?
Play therapy approaches
Non-directive play therapy
Play therapist role
Play therapy and adults
Scope of play therapy
Unit 2 - Applications of play and play therapy
Therapeutic play continuum
Application of play therapy
Who is play therapy for?
Choice of toys and materials
Age appropriate toys
Creating the right environment for play therapy
Advantages of play therapy
Issues in play therapy
Unit 3 - Play therapy for anxiety and depressive disorders
Symptoms and treatment
Use of play therapy
Reducing anxiety in children
CBT and play therapy for anxiety
Depressive disorders / problems
Uses of play therapy
Unit 4 - Play therapy for behavioural disorders
Conduct disorder and appositional defiant disorder
Uses of play therapy
Unit 5 - Play therapy for development disorders
Unit 6 - Play therapy for social and family problems
Types of social and family problems
Grief and loss
Uses of play therapy
Unit 7 - Play therapy and adult populations
Play therapy for adults
How play therapy can help
Benefits to relationships
Application of play therapy with adults
Research supporting the use if play therapy
Unit 8 - Related specialised creative therapies
Role of music therapist
Dance / movement
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
A very informative and insightful course
E.Anastasopoulos, Endeavour Hills, VIC | Certificate of Play Therapy
I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to apply myself to this new learning experience!
A. Botha, Howick VIC | Certificate of Play Therapy
It was great to work at my own pace and how it links to real life situational analysis
M. Roe, Moulden, NT | Certificate of Play Therapy
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
Professional development for:
Toy and Game Designers, Manufacturers or Retailers