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Play Therapy - Graduate Certificate Online

Children can speak volumes through the language of play.

The University of Wyoming Play Therapy certificate program will ensure you will have the skills required to decode that language and help the youngest and most vulnerable regain their voice.

Those who have completed the program can apply to the Association for Play Therapy (APT) to become certified to provide their clients with additional services to help children better express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings.

What is Play Therapy

Play allows children to examine their problems from a safe psychological distance and allows them to express thoughts and feelings that are appropriate to their development. Play therapy includes a variety of treatment methods that apply the therapeutic benefits of play to help children learn to communicate with others, better express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. It can be a powerful tool to to help children and families reconnect and heal after a traumatic experience.

About the Play Therapy Certificate Program

The online post-master's certificate program at UW was designed to meet the 150 clock training hours required by the Association for Play Therapy* to become a Registered Play Therapist or a School-Based Registered Play Therapist. The program is designed for completion in one academic year with cohort groups beginning annually in the fall semester.

*APT awards the certification and students must are responsible for meeting their additional requirements in order to gain the credential.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Graduate Certificate

Resident Tuition: $324/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $516/credit hour

School of Counseling, Leadership Advocacy and Design

“In the play therapy experience, toys are like the child’s words, and play is the child’s language”

- Garry Landreth

Play Therapy Certificate Program Highlights

Here are some reason to choose UW to gain your training to become a play therapist.

Approved. The program at UW is one of the few programs approved by the Association for Play Therapy to meet training hour requirement to become a Registered Play Therapist or School-Based Registered Play Therapist. (APT Approved Provider 10-288)

Accredited. The UW College of Education is nationally accredited by NCATE. The counselor programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Biennial Conference. The UW Play Therapy Conference allows you to gain expertise from renowned experts in the field right here in Laramie! It also provides a venue to network with counselors and therapist from all over the world.

Travel grants. Take advantage of travel funds for graduate students available from the dean’s office to offset travel expenses associated with attending or presenting at professional conferences.

 

What Can You Do with a Play Therapy Graduate Certificate?

The certificate in play therapy program at UW was designed to meet the 150 clock training hours required by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). This program allows mental health professionals to expand the services they offer clients by applying to APT to become certified* as a:

  • Registered Play Therapist
  • School-Based Registered Play Therapist

*APT awards the certification and students must are responsible for meeting their additional requirements in order to gain the credential.

Play Therapy Graduate Certificate Program Curriculum

This 7-hour graduate level certificate program requires three courses and is designed to be completed in one year.

  • CNSL 5341 Play Therapy and Expressive Arts (3 credit hours) Offered Fall Term
  • CNSL 5342 Theoretical Models of Play Therapy (1 credit hours) Offered J-Term (Winter Break)
  • CNSL 5343 Filial and Family Play Therapy (3 credit hours) Offered Spring Term

 

 

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