Foundation Course in Play Therapy Northampton 2020

October 2020

Duration   20 weeks
Pattern of Delivery   18 x two hour evening classes on Thursdays plus two Sundays
Start Date   25 October 2020
End Date   28 March 2021
Course Fee   £1150
Venue   Delapre Community Rooms
Delapre Annexe
Alton Street

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Course Outline

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.


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 participant'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 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.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting Play Therapists from a wide range of fields.

One full-day Induction (Sunday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2020 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2021.

Course timetable and dates

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
25 October 1000-1630 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)
29 October 1900-2100 Workshop 1
Why Play? The central importance of play in child development
5 November 1900-2100 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
12 November 1900-2100 Workshop 3
Sensory or embodiment play in Play Therapy - using clay, play-dough, slime, sand and other sensory materials
19 November 1900-2100 Workshop 4
Projective or symbolic play in Play Therapy - using toy figures etc to create symbolic stories
26 November 1900-2100 Workshop 5
Dramatic role-play in Play Therapy
3 December 1900-2100 Workshop 6
Using art in Play Therapy
10 December 1900-2100 Workshop 7
Providing a therapeutic environment – the therapist’s role. Developing reflective listening skills etc
17 December 1900-2100 Workshop 8
Using stories in Play Therapy 
14 January 1900-2100 Workshop 9
Sand play therapy & Mosaics - An introduction to Lowenfeld Techniques
21 January 1900-2100 Workshop 10
Building self-esteem through play
28 January 1900-2100 Workshop 11
Where are we now? Review of the journey so far
4 February 1900-2100 Workshop 12
Attachment and loss part 1
11 February 1900-2100 Workshop 13
Attachment and loss part 2
18 February 1900-2100 Workshop 14
Trauma and abuse in relation to Play Therapy
25 February 1900-2100 Workshop 15
4 March 1900-2100 Workshop 16
Therapeutic play with children with special needs
11 March 1900-2100 Workshop 17
Play Therapy and the Bereaved Child
18 March 1900-2100 Workshop 18
Play Therapy and Looked After Children
28 March 1000-1630 PLENARY DAY
Endings including shared presentations of ‘Journey stories’