Play Therapy

Play Therapy can be added as a concentration to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MEd in School Counseling and MEd in School Psychology programs or pursued as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

This is a post-master’s certificate designed to provide school and mental health counselors and school psychologists with useful, research-based tools and techniques to help children and adolescents through a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning difficulties, including post-traumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, aggression or impulsive anger, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and low self-esteem.

Fall 2018
CO 7530 Expressive Play Therapies
Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Concord

Spring 2019
CO 7560 Adlerian Play Therapy
Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12 in Plymouth

CO 7560 Working with Traumatized Children
Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 – location TBD

Note: A one-credit PSU play therapy course is equivalent to 22.5 education hours towards the 150 required by the Association for Play Therapy.

PSU’s play therapy courses prepare post-master’s counseling professionals and master’s degree students with prior coursework in counseling children with the necessary 150-hour educational requirement to gain the Registered Play Therapist credential through the Association for Play Therapy.

Registered Play Therapists and Registered Play Therapists-Supervisors are licensed or certified practitioners, including school-based counselors, who have earned a master’s degree or advanced mental health degree; have taken 150 or more hours of specialized play therapy training; and have documented 500 hours of clinical and play therapy specific experience under supervision with a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Supervision is not provided by the University, but is available from Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors in the area.

Required Courses

Students take four, one-credit special topics courses
Total for Play Therapy – 8 credits

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