The course encompasses theoretical, practical and experiential learning. All students are required to be in personal therapy for the duration of the course and will complete two specified periods of supervised clinical placements alongside their studies.
Key areas of study
- human development and growth
- play therapy theory and skills
- play therapy practice (and clinical supervision)
- working with different client groups (eg loss, trauma and abuse)
- young child observations (and attachment theory)
- play therapy in context
- research methods and portfolio
- personal development (through personal therapy and experiential process groups).
Child-centred play therapy and the use of therapeutic boundaries; play therapy and unresolved bereavement issues; play therapy in schools; the efficacy of play therapy; play therapy and different cultural beliefs.
The Play Therapy 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 BAPT. The programme is made up of nine modules that encompass the theoretical, practical and experiential learning experience required to become professional Play Therapists. All modules are designed to prepare the students for therapeutic practice that is theoretically sound and emotionally aware.
If you are not sure that you are ready to embark on a full masters' degree we also offer introductory courses which provide a useful background to those working in related professions or anyone simply wishing to find out more about the work. For information on our Introduction Courses, Summer Schools and Foundation Course in Play Therapy, see the Psychology Short Courses.
See answers to frequently asked questions about the MA Play Therapy.