Post Graduate Certification Program in Play Therapy

Post Graduate Certification Program in Play Therapy

The Play Therapy Certification Program is designed for practicing professionals across the state who would like the opportunity to become RPTs (Registered Play Therapists), which requires specialized course content as well as supervised practicum and internship in play therapy.  The post graduate certificate program in Play Therapy is a maximum of 20 credit hours, post-masters, for practicing professionals working with children in various fields, such as rehabilitation counselors, addictions counselors, school-certified counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed psychologists.  The program prepares the student for the application process for certification by the Association for Play Therapy.  In addition, once RPT has been completed, with additional coursework and supervised clinical hours, these clinicians could become Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors (RPT-S), the highest level of certification in the field.  

Requirements:

CED
Course #

Cont. Ed
Course #

Course

Cr Hrs

COUN7510

COUN 56201

Play Therapy I: History, Ethics, and Systems of PT 

1

COUN7511

COUN 50101

Advanced Play Therapy I:  Contemporary Theory and Research

1

COUN7512

COUN 50103

Advanced Play Therapy Techniques and Practice I 

1

COUN7513

COUN 50104

Advanced Play Therapy Techniques and Practice II 

1

COUN7514

COUN 51301

Clinical Application and Play Therapy I 

1

COUN7515

COUN 51302

Clinical Application and Play Therapy II 

1

COUN7516

COUN 56202

Play Therapy II:  Childhood Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Parent Consultation

1

COUN7517

COUN 50102

Advanced Play Therapy II:  Contemporary Theory and Research

1

COUN7518

COUN 57301

Sand Tray and Sand Play

1

COUN7519

COUN 52701

Filial and Family Play

1

COUN7560

COUN 56203

Post Masters Practicum in Play

1-10

 
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor Program (RPT-S)

The Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor Program (RPT-S) is a 2 credit hour Post Graduate Certification Program in play therapy supervision beyond the 20 credit hours required for the RPT required for Registered Play Therapists who have completed three thousand hours of clinical experience and would like to become play therapist supervisors.  This program leads to the Association for Play Therapy credential, RPT-S.  

Admission

Admission into the RPT or RPT-S programs requires an application ($50 fee), references, transcripts, prescribed writing sample, and interview.  See the Play Therapy Certification Handbook for more information.   

Utilization of Play Therapy Emphasis Courses

NNU students currently enrolled in the masterís program Play Therapy Emphasis area are allowed to utilize six credits of play-specific emphasis area courses toward the post-masterís certification.