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Play Therapy: Core Courses

COUN 6101: History and Theories of Play Therapy   (Offered in spring as a night class)    

This one credit course is designed as an introduction to the history of play therapy and the seminal theories of play therapy. Course content will focus on the foundations of play therapy, the core play therapy theories, and more recently developed theories that have contributed to the development of play therapy. During this course, students will identify and begin to develop their personal play therapy theory. This course is in compliance with the Association for Play Therapy training standards. Students will receive 22.5 hours towards their 150 hours of training required for Registered Play Therapist credentials.

COUN 6111: Introduction to Play Therapy Skills and Methods (Offered in summer as Saturday class)

This one credit course focuses on developing foundational skills in play therapy techniques and their practical uses in the playroom. Students will receive instruction on the application of these techniques in the playroom, view live sessions demonstrating play therapy skills and methods, and have direct client contact in the playroom to practice skills learned. Particular attention will be given to the integration of skills learned with hands on experience in the playroom while under the instruction of an RPT-S. This course is in compliance with the Association for Play Therapy training standards. Students will receive 22.5 hours towards their 150 hours of training required for Registered Play Therapist credentials.

COUN 6121: Sandtray Therapy  (Offered in fall as a night class)

This one credit course provides students with an in depth understanding of the history, theories, methods, and application of sandtray techniques in therapeutic setting with clients of all ages, but with particular focus on its uses for children 12 and under. Students will be immersed in the world of symbolic representation through the use of sandtray and miniatures in order to bring about therapeutic healing with clients. Students will experience sandtray therapy first hand and learn a variety of directive and non directive approaches. This course is in compliance with the Association for Play Therapy training standards. Students will receive 22.5 hours towards their 150 hours of training required for Registered Play Therapist credentials.

Special Topics

* Program students must complete the core classes of History and Theories of Play Therapy, Introduction to Play Therapy Skills and Methods, and Sandtray Therapy before progressing to special topics courses. Students who are not seeking program completion must provide a transcript with course syllabus or certificate of completion with learning objectives of completed play therapy training and must have approval by the program coordinator before allowed to enroll in the following classes.

COUN 6201: Special Topics in Play Therapy:  Group and Family Play Therapy (Offered in fall as a night class)

This one credit course focuses on the multifaceted aspects of using play therapy techniques in a therapeutic group and family setting. Particular attention will be given to group and family play therapy theories and techniques to better prepare students to work with multiple clients in a single therapeutic session. Students will receive instruction in both directive and non directive approaches for group and family play therapy. This course is in compliance with the Association for Play Therapy training standards. Students will receive 22.5 hours towards their 150 hours of training required for Registered Play Therapist credentials.

COUN 6211: Special Topics in Play Therapy:  Trauma Focused Play Therapy (Offered in spring as a night class)

The purpose of this one credit course is to provide students with an introduction to trauma focused play therapy and its application in the playroom when working with children that have experienced trauma. Students will develop an understanding of the neuroscience behind trauma, the impacts of trauma on child development, the play behaviors of traumatized children in the playroom, and application of theories and techniques of trauma focused play therapy. This course is in compliance with the Association for Play Therapy training standards. Students will receive 22.5 hours towards their 150 hours of training required for Registered Play Therapist credentials.

COUN 6221: Special Topics in Play Therapy: Blended and Divorced Family Play Therapy (Offered in spring as a Saturday class)

This one credit course focuses on developing additional play therapy skills for specifically working with blended and divorced families. Students will further develop their family play therapy skills learned from the group and family play therapy course. Students will receive instruction in directive approaches that address common areas of concern for this population. This course is in compliance with the Association for Play Therapy training standards. Students will receive 22.5 hours towards their 150 hours of training required for Registered Play Therapist credentials.

COUN 6231: Special Topics in Play Therapy: COUN 6231 Attachment Play Therapy
(Offered in summer as a night class)

This one credit course provides an introduction to attachment work in the playroom. Students will learn of the significant impact of insecure attachments on childhood development both emotionally and relationally. Students will develop an understanding of the key principles of attachment theory and learn commonly used methods and techniques within the playroom to develop secure attachments between children and their caregivers. This course is in compliance with the Association for Play Therapy training standards. Students will receive 22.5 hours towards their 150 hours of training required for Registered Play Therapist credentials.

Order of Program Classes:

  • First Spring Semester: History of Play Therapy and Theories
  • First Summer Semester: Play Therapy Skills and Methods
  • First Fall Semester: Sandtray Therapy
  • Second Spring Semester: Blended and Divorced Family Play Therapy AND Trauma Focused Play Therapy
  • Second Summer Semester: Attachment Play Therapy
  • Second Fall Semester: Group and Family Play Therapy