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

PG Dip
Play Therapy

Postgraduate course
Health

Learn to use stories, music, dance and drama to work with children who have social, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy Ltd (APAC)
This course can be studied part-time over one or two years.

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At least 20% of children will suffer with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, creating an increased demand for play therapists.
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

Pavla Beier
Assistant Artistic Director, Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah

MA Childhood Studies & Early Years

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“After doing my Masters, I have a much broader knowledge of the psychological and developmental stages of young audiences. From that, I have gained a deeper understanding as to why they respond in the ways they do.

MODULES & 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.

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.
  • Sue Sherwin
    Sue Sherwin Sue Sherwin
    Dean of School

    We have a long history of providing education across a wide range of professional and academic disciplines in health, applied global ethics, social sciences and related subject areas... The Faculty has a number of areas of research excellence.

    Sue Sherwin is Dean for the School of Health and Community Studies. She joined our University as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 after supporting the development of the first degree in Mental Health Nursing from Leeds Beckett.

  • Dr Duncan Sharp
    Dr Duncan Sharp Dr Duncan Sharp
    Dean of School

    We have a long history of providing education across a wide range of professional and academic disciplines in health, applied global ethics, social sciences and related subject areas... The Faculty has a number of areas of research excellence.

    Dr Duncan Sharp is a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, Biomedicine Research theme lead, and Healthcare lead for the Enterprise Academy at Leeds Beckett University.

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FEES & FUNDING
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  • Clinical Skills Suite

    Facilities

    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

    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.

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