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Play Therapy
Postgraduate course
PG Dip

Play Therapy

This course can be studied part-time over one or two years.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Modern family life has been transformed by high divorce rates, the decline of the extended family, easy access to alcohol and drugs and other social and cultural factors adversely impacting on many of today's young people. By developing your 'play therapy toolkit' competencies to an advanced level using mediums such as storytelling, music, dance and drama, you will be able to work with children who have serious social, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.

You will focus primarily on developing techniques in non-directive play, encouraging the child to work towards finding their own solutions to problems through play. You will explore ways of integrating the child as the centre of a social system made up of school, family and teams of support. You will also undertake 100 hours of clinically supervised work with children in a variety of practical settings.

Please note that all applications and queries for this course will be dealt with by APAC, and that start dates may differ depending on your location of study. Find out more on the APAC website.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: we entered an increased number of units for this assessment, up from 11% in 2008 to 33% in 2014.

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As you progress, you will develop your own network of contacts and be able to join Play Therapy UK (PTUK) local support groups and meet experienced practitioners. You will join the PTUK as a trainee member, observe the ethical framework and clinical governance requirements designed to protect the public.

You will also undertake 100 hours of clinically supervised work with children in either a primary school, special needs school, nursery, primary health care, hospital, care home or adoption and foster care setting, where you will apply your learning in a practical setting.

Our Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has a well-established Playwork group which has close links with APAC and professional organisations Play Therapy UK and Play Therapy International.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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APAC Course and Career Development

Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should have completed the PG Certificate Therapeutic Play Skills at Leeds Beckett University, or hold an equivalent qualification. Have a minimum of 50 hours of clinically supervised practice. Applicants should have a work based placement, which may be the applicant's place of work, and a PTUK approved Clinical Supervisor member, who must be in place before clinical work starts. Applicants will also need to evidence their Professional indemnity and public liability insurance cover. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process (either at an introductory day or by telephone). Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information click here
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Pavla Beier

Careers

Teaching and learning

Learn how to use advanced play therapy interventions with children who have more severe problems, and look at working therapeutically with groups of children.

Learn how to apply your critical judgment, mastery of sand play and art therapy techniques within a broader range of conditions, and be prepared to act within a legal and ethical framework as advocates of children who are part of the legal process.

Move from being a student to becoming an autonomous, reflective, evidence-based practitioner who will develop play therapy services and serve as a worthy ambassador for the profession.

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APAC Course and Career Development

Fees & funding

Separate tuition fee arrangements exist for this course. Please contact APAC, on 01825 761143 or e-mail ptukorg@aol.com for more information.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

Course specific essentials

  • Counselling supervision: Minimum 17 hours at £30-50 per hour
  • PTUK Trainee registrant’s fee: £60

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy Ltd (APAC)

Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy Ltd (APAC)

Leeds Beckett University has collaborated with APAC to deliver accredited play therapy training in therapeutic learning centres across the UK, including Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, London and Dublin.

Our courses are for professionals who wish to work with children using therapeutic play in the UK and overseas. As a dedicated play and creative arts therapies training organisation, APAC’s therapy programmes meet the rigorous standards set by Play Therapy UK and Play Therapy International.

The APAC teaching team consists of an international group of professional psychological and play therapies educators, who are all active practitioners and researchers in their field.

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