Play Therapy, Adv. Crt.

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Next start date

May 21, 2018

Cost per credit hour


Credit hours


Play therapy helps children with social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution. Our program focuses on quality training and clinical application in the field. This certificate will enhance your knowledge and application of theories, philosophies, issues, processes, and models of play therapy.

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What you will study: 

Students will develop child-centered listening and communication skills necessary to include play therapy as part of their intervention repertoire. Students are able to take learning outside of the classroom by participating in a supervised internship in the field.

  • CPS 592 - Introduction to Play Therapy, credit: 3
  • CPS 590 - Introduction to Expressive Arts, credit: 3
  • CPS 603 - Clinical Consultation in Play Therapy, credit: 3
  • CPS 604 - Contemporary Issues in Play Therapy Practice, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

If you’re applying even as an elementary school counselor and you have play therapy also, or in a residential care facility that works with children, it enhances your degree.
Dr. Jodi Mullen, Program Coordinator

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Learning outcomes: 

Graduates of this program will be able to distinguish themselves in the mental health-counseling field. Graduates from this program are qualified to become Registered Play Therapists, Certified Child-Centered Play Therapists, and Certified Child Psychotherapists through the Association for Play Therapy, National Institute for Relational Enhancement and Play Therapy International. Credits from this certificate may also be applied towards Mental Health Counseling at Oswego.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
GPA of at least 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants.  If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.