Foundation Course in Play Therapy

Play Therapy Foundation Course
Duration

On Campus: 18 x two hour Wednesday evening classes plus two Saturdays

Online: 18 x two hour Thursday evening classes plus two Sundays

Price

On campus: £1175

Online: £1250

Course Delivery

Online or on Campus

Payment

Places are awarded on a "first paid first serve" basis due to demand

Dates

On campus: 22/10/2022 - 18/3/2023

Online: 23/10/2022 - 19/3/2023

Address

Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, London SW15 4JD

Course Details

Introduction

If you choose to study online this course will be delivered through a secure online video platform called Zoom.

It will be presented live, and participants will be asked to keep their cameras on throughout if their broadband allows. They will be asked to turn on their microphones for large & small group discussions, asking questions and the experiential activities, plus other times.  

The course will cover the areas as advertised and it will endeavour to provide as near as possible the experiential element as the face to face course. 

Some of the activities will need to be adapted, but it is hoped that through the use of the breakout rooms, participants can work creatively with others and have discussions in small groups.

Participants will be asked to bring materials to the sessions to facilitate the activities.

Course Structure

Experiential Workshops

These workshops will be facilitated by a qualified and experienced BAPT-registered Play Therapist.

Experiential activities form the core of the course, providing students with an opportunity to explore and reflect on the process of Play Therapy on a personal level.

Connections and links will be made to the theories that underpin Play Therapy as this emerges from the practical component, enabling students to learn from theory that directly relates to their experience.

Please note that whilst the emphasis of the workshops is on an educational not a therapeutic experience, students should be aware of potential tensions between their personal and professional responses and should be prepared for a degree of self-exposure.

Seminars and Lectures

The seminars and lectures are integrated into the workshop experiences. Each workshop will be part experiential play therapy and part seminar/lecture.

The seminars will often comprise presentations of clinical / therapeutic work and opportunity for group discussions. Visiting experts from different fields will lead seminars/lectures on particular specialist areas of play therapy practice.

Assessment

Course attendees will be expected to keep a Reflective Log of their experiences while on the course which constitutes a record of their personal psychological journey including photographs of images created in the experiential workshops.

As such the Log itself will be a highly personal manuscript and will not be assessed. In the last workshop of the course students will present a dramatised, artistic or narrative Story of this journey to share with the class.

The Journey Story will be approximately 3 minutes long and may be presented in the play media of the student's choice.

Participants will need to complete a minimum of 80% of the course and a satisfactory final Journey Story in order to receive an electronic attendance certificate. This will not automatically ensure a student’s entry to the Roehampton University MA in Play Therapy; however, individuals considering applying for Professional training are encouraged to complete a Foundation Course.

One full-day Induction (Saturday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2022 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2023.

Timetable

On campus timetable

Date

Time

Title

22 October

10am-4.30pm

  INDUCTION DAY
  Introduction to the course and to one another.
  Course overview, boundaries and expectations
  Discussion of the Play Therapy profession and entry into training and the professional organisation:
  the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)

26 October

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 1
  Why Play? The central importance of play in child development

2 November

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 2
  Historical overview of the development of Play Therapy in the UK. Comparison of different models of Play Therapy, including 
  Non-Directive Play Therapy, Social Constructionist and Narrative Therapy appraoches

9 November

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 3
  Sensory or embodiment play in Play Therapy - using clay, play-dough, slime, sand and other sensory materials

16 November

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 4
  Projective or symbolic play in Play Therapy - using toy figures etc to create symbolic stories

23 November

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 5
  Dramatic role-play in Play Therapy

30 November

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 6
  Using art in Play Therapy

7 December

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 7
  Providing a therapeutic environment – the therapist’s role. Developing reflective listening skills etc

14 December

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 8
  Building self-esteem through Play Therapy

11 January

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 9
  Where are we now? Review of the journey so far

18 January

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 10
  Attachment and Loss part 1

25 January

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 11
  Attachment and Loss part 2

1 February

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 12
  Sand play therapy & Mosaics -  An introduction to Lowenfield Techniques

8 February

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 13
  Using Stories in Play Therapy

15 February

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 14
  Trauma and abuse in relation to Play Therapy

22 February

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 15
  Limit-setting

1 March

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 16
  Therapeutic play with children with special needs

8 March

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 17
  Play Therapy and the Bereaved Child

15 March

7pm - 9pm

  Workshop 18
  Play Therapy and Looked After Children

18 March

10am - 4.30pm

  PLENARY DAY
  Endings Including shared presentations of ‘Journey stories’

Timetable

This timetable is provisional - dates and times may be subject to change. The sequence of some of these workshops may be subject to change, due to availability of visiting specialist lecturers.

Date

Time

Title

23 October

10am-4.30pm

INDUCTION DAY
Introduction to the course and to one another.
Course overview, boundaries and expectations
Discussion of the Play Therapy profession and entry into training and the professional organisation: the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)

27 October

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 1
Why Play? The central importance of play in child development

3 November

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 2
Historical overview of the development of Play Therapy in the UK. Comparison of different models of Play Therapy, including Non-Directive Play Therapy, Social Constructionist and Narrative Therapy approaches

10 November

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 3
Sensory or embodiment play in Play Therapy - using clay, play-dough, slime, sand and other sensory materials

17 November

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 4
Projective or symbolic play in Play Therapy - using toy figures etc to create symbolic stories

24 November

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 5
Dramatic role-play in Play Therapy

1 December

6.30pm -8.30pm

Workshop 6
Using art in Play Therapy

8 December

6.30pm -8.30pm

Workshop 7
Providing a therapeutic environment – the therapist’s role. Developing reflective listening skills etc

15 December

6.30pm -8.30pm

Workshop 8
Using stories in Play Therapy 

12 January

6.30pm -8.30pm

Workshop 9
Sand play therapy & Mosaics - An introduction to Lowenfeld Techniques

19 January

6.30pm -8.30pm

Workshop 10
Building self-esteem through play

26 January

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 11
Where are we now? Review of the journey so far

2 February

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 12
Attachment and loss part 1

9 February

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 13
Attachment and loss part 2

16 February

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 14
Trauma and abuse in relation to Play Therapy

23 February

4.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 15
Limit-setting

2 March

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 16
Therapeutic play with children with special needs

9 March

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 17
Play Therapy and the Bereaved Child

16 March

6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 18
Play Therapy and Looked After Children

19 March

10am-4.30pm

Plenary Day
Endings including shared presentations of ‘Journey stories’

Suggested Reading

The suggested reading list is available here.

Materials Required

If studying the online course, you will need:

  • Felt-tip pens, pastels, coloured pencils or crayons
  • A4 and/or A3 paper/card
  • Small sandtray/paper plate with sand, rice, flour, lentils or anything participants have at home
  • A small handful of minatures (figures, animals, vehicles, little houses, fences etc) or natural items such as stones, sticks, leaves etc
  • Playdough or clay

Availability

Online Teaching

Date: 23/10/2022 - 19/3/2023

Fully Booked (please contact rachael.furminger@roehampton.ac.uk)

 

On Campus Teaching

Date: 22/10/22 - 18/3/2023