This programme is a postgraduate clinical training in Play Therapy. It aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge, skills, and competences to practice as Play Therapists. It aims to equip practitioners with the clinical capability that would match international standards of best practice within the Play Therapy profession. Ongoing Personal Therapy is a key requirement in this training and is not included in the course fee.
On successful completion of the programme graduates may be eligible for membership of the Irish representative organisations for Play Therapists. Applicants are required to submit a personal statement detailing their suitability, with their application.
Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019 and are subject to change on an annual basis.
EU Applicants: €6,900 in total for three year MA (€2,300 per annum).Clinical Supervision (this supervision is not included in course fees and is outside class times, a list of approved supervisors will be issued by the teaching team). Weekly personal therapy from approved therapists and playroom materials are also additional costs.
Duration & delivery
The programme is offered on a part- time basis over three years (class attendance is on Saturdays at present). Applicants are advised that it is a demanding course both academically and practically in conducting Child Observations, Play Therapy sessions, personal therapy and academic assignments.
The course has 90 ECTs credits and will be delivered as follows;
- Years 1 and 2 (60 credits) will include a clinical training in Play Therapy. Students will study modules which will be experiential and theoretical. They will undertake placements in both years and will require external supervision from CIT approved supervisors. This supervision is not included in course fees and is outside class times.
- On successful completion of the taught elements, students will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, unless they proceed to Year 3.
- Year 3 (30 credits) The MA in Play Therapy is awarded to successful candidates who complete a module in research skills and a dissertation.
No. of weeks per annum: 26
Duration: Three years
Master of Arts in Play Therapy (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).