Play Therapy, Adv. Crt.

Application Deadline

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Next start date

January 22, 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
GPA of at least 3.0
Purpose statement
Two letters of recommendation
Application fee