The Certificate  is organised into three modules:

CPT-501 Module 1- Orientation to Setting up play practice using non Directive Play Therapy

CPT-502 Module 2: Using Symbolic Play Therapy Tools and Metaphor Safely 

CPT-503 Module 3: Using Expressive Art Therapy to Reach the Unconscious

Cost:$1,800 per module


CPT-500 - Certificate in Therapeutic Play - (CTP-501, 502 & 503) Take advantage of this Summer Intensive which consists of all three modules of the Certficate Program.  This is the first step in the  process of becoming a Certified Play Therapist. 

Course Dates - July 10 - 24, 2017 -  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location - Toronto, ON

Cost: $5,400

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This Certificate is designed for anyone with experience of working with children or adolescents, and who wishes to work therapeutically with them including, Adoption/|Foster Agency Workers, Arts Therapists, Clinical and Educational Psychologists, Counsellors, Dance/Movement Therapists, Music Therapists, Nursery or Primary School Teachers/ Assistants, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Pediatricians, Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists.

The certificate is the starting point for therapeutic work with children using play and the creative arts.

The courses have been designed to:

  • Enhance your career/professional skills
  • Meet the requirements of registration as a health professional through a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority 
  • Increase your satisfaction in working with children
  • Provide you with the skills to help children develop their emotional literacy
  • Provide you with the skills to alleviate behaviour and mental health problems
  • Assist your own personal development
  • Provide you with the Profession Structure Model competencies defined by PTI/PTUK  to work with individual children who have slight to moderate problems

In order to successfully pass the course you will need to complete:

  • 100 clinically supervised sessions with children, within 20 months of starting the course
  • A Process Diary
  • A PowerPoint presentation showing the effectiveness of play therapy
  • Four written and creative assignments, resulting from your training- equivalent to a total of 6000-8000 words
  • A case study of a client (4000 words)
  • A satisfactory report from a clinical supervisor or equivalent

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About Play Therapy International (PTI)

ADLER Graduate Professional School has partnered with APAC (The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy) who's courses are accredited by Play Therapy International (PTI) - the International Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies Limited -  a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of play and expressive arts as ways of enabling children to reach their full potential.  - 

The Play Therapy course program is unique. It is the only one that is offered internationally that is: 

Comprehensive – covering the main therapeutic play approaches – the “Play Therapy Tool-KitTM", offering progression from trainee to practitioner to Certified Play Therapist, to Clinical Supervisor, to a Trainer of Play Therapy.

Competency based – on the rigorous PTI International Standards, including the competencies required for each level of practice.

Cohesive – rather than attend a number of different, disjointed training days, which have a narrow specialist focus you will benefit seeing how the different approaches may be used in an integrated way 

Consistent – wherever you undertake the courses you may be assured that the content and learning methods are the same. If you decide, for example to continue to the Diploma course and wish undertake this next stage of training in another country or venue you will be joining others who have had the same prior training. Employers in any country can be assured that candidates who have received PTI accredited training will have had the same learning opportunities. 

Fully evaluated – all PTI stage 2, 3 and 4 courses are evaluated at the four levels required by the international standards. This includes the standard measurement of students’ clinical work. 

The overall purpose of the certificate is to enable participants to practice safely and effectively using therapeutic play skills in a variety of settings, to provide emotional support for individual children.  

Our core model, which is integration holistic, has evolved since 1998 from more traditional and less effective models. It makes the course unique in integrating: nondirective and directive approaches; working with both conscious and unconscious processes; the use of wide range of creative arts media and the integration of research with practice.

The certificate content is based upon the theory and practice of neurobiology, humanistic psychology, particularly that of Virgina Axline (“Dibs in Search of Self”) and Carl Rogers and the Gestalt Play Therapy approach of Violet Oaklander.  It recognises contributions made by others in the 20th century such as Barnes, Bowlby, Erikson, Freud, Jung, Lowenfeld, Mahler, Piaget, Pavlo, Vygotsky, Donald Winnicott, etc.

It also places importance on the spiritual aspect of human development. Opportunities for personal reflection and all forms of creativity will enrich your experience.

Our model offers a child the opportunity of making choices and taking responsibility for them; expressing him/herself freely; being accepted unconditionally; having his/her deepest feelings respected and accepted. For these reasons their play is not interpreted and no judgements are made.  Such freedoms may only be obtained within the provision of a strong framework. Therefore, the therapist takes responsibility for the safety of the child, themselves and the environment. Within these constraints, the child has complete freedom to choose.  Time boundaries are also considered to be very important thus adding a sense of security by adhering to beginnings and endings.

In the model of learning at ADLER, the non-directive approach is complemented by other approaches. These are introduced at appropriate points within the learning. The main items in the ‘Play Therapy Tool-Kit™’ are taught and put into practice. Students are able to experience each modality within the learning process.

The certificate commences with an orientation to setting up play therapy practice using non-directive play which enables you to work straight away on a one to one basis with children who have slight to moderate social, emotional and behaviour difficulties.  During the certificate course you will learn how to use a wide range of symbolic play therapy tools and metaphor safely, building upon knowledge gained through teaching and practice. You will acquire a sound working knowledge of ethical principles, child protection issues, child development, neurobiology and attachment theories that underpin practice.

Assessment is based on a careful balance of growing mastery within the theoretical perspectives that the programme offers, the development of greater professional confidence, and the application of competencies in practice.

Participants will learn through working with other members of the cohort as well as during their practice with children, about the roles and responsibilities of the therapeutic relationship. There will be tutorials on theory, but formal teaching and lecturing will be kept to an essential minimum to allow for maximum opportunities for hands on experiential learning.

Learning will mainly be experiential and collaborative using pair, group work, role-play and case presentations. Homework reading and other assignments will provide new information and consolidation of material from the experiential work encountered within the taught modules. 

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