The need for play therapists in therapeutic and educational settings is on the rise thanks to its substantial benefits. More specifically, the dynamic interpersonal relationships that are built allow persons of any age to fully express themselves.
Through self-exploration, imagination, and hypothetical circumstances, clients reveal deep psychological behaviors and feelings. Self expression through this technique will help you build substantial accord with your clients and open the door to profound realizations.
Play therapy has been demonstrated to be one of the most effective therapies for children and families needing support and skills to process their life events in a safe, structured and healthy environment. Antioch University recognizes the increasing demand for play therapists in therapeutic and educational settings. Our program will provide you with the experience and skills you need for a successful career in this growing field. Association for Play Therapy (APT) accredited.
Approximately one year/18 credits (note: 1 credit hour at a university is equal to 1.5 credit hours in outside play therapy events)
3 weekends per quarter
*Post graduate practicum supervisor is also available upon completion of certificate
**Registered Play Therapist supervised hours must be completed after you receive your MA
|COUC5600-2: Introduction to Play Therapy||April 2nd-June 9th- Wednesdays 2-4pm on Zoom|
|On Campus Courses|
|COUC5600-1: Introduction to Play Therapy||Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 9-1 pm, 4/14, 4/15, 5/12, 5/13, 6/9, 6/10|
|COUC5610: Advanced Play Therapy||Saturday, 9-4 and Sunday, 9-1 7/14, 7/15, 8/11, 8/12, 9/8, 9/9|
|COUC5630: Seminar in Play Therapy I||Saturday, 9-4 and Sunday, 9-1 10/13, 10/14, 11/10, 11/11, 12/8, 12/9|
|COUC5640: Seminar in Play Therapy II||Saturday, 9-4 and Sunday, 9-1 1/12, 1/13, 2/9, 2/10, 3/9, 3/10|
Antioch University’s program has been developed to meet the majority of academic requirements necessary to achieve a registered Play Therapist designation through the Association for Play Therapy upon completion of your respective Washington state License of LMFT or LMHC. It is recommended that students seek out additional experiences (e.g., play therapy conferences, Washington Association for Play Therapy (WAPT) meetings, etc.) for play therapy education in order to satisfy all requirements for the RPT designation.
Answers to our frequently asked questions are available in PDF form.
Statements from students and graduates of our play therapy certificate program are also available in PDF form.
- Must be enrolled in or have completed an MA program that leads to licensure in the mental health field
- Applicant must provide an MA transcript
- If already licensed, applicant must provide a copy of their license
- A statement of purpose is also required that answers the following: How do you envision play therapy integrating with your current or future professional practice?
- Students currently enrolled in a graduate program at AUS: $702 per credit
- Alumni of the Applied Psychology program at AUS: $3,000 for the certificate program
- Other applicants: $4,000 for the certificate program