We are proud to announce Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills in collaborative partnership with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC), UK. School for 15 days starts in October 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This play therapy course has been  accredited by PTUK, Play Therapy International (PTI) and International Board of Examiners in Child and Play Therapy (IBECPT).

The professional award which enables successful students to practice clinically is made by PTUK, or for overseas students by PTI. Successful participants will be placed as ‘Certified Practitioners in Therapeutic Play Skills’ on the PSA AVR: Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists, managed by Play Therapy

The course is designed for anyone with experience of children or adolescents, who either works or intends to work therapeutically with them including:



Clinical Psychologists

School Teachers/Assistants


Occupational /Speech Therapists


Nursery School Teachers/Assistants

Social Workers

Play School Teachers/Assistants

Care Home Staff

Adoption/Foster Agency Workers


Also for anyone who works/passionate with children/adolescents.


The course has been designed to:

  • Enhance your career/professional skills
  • Increase your satisfaction in working with children
  • Give you the skills to help children develop their emotional literacy and overcome learning difficulties
  • Give you the skills to alleviate behaviour and mental health problems
  • Assist your own personal development
  • Provide you with the  Profession Structure Model competencies defined by PTUK to work with individual children who have slight to moderate problems
  • The Certificate course is the first part of the programme leading to an MA in Practice Based Play Therapy.

It may also be undertaken as a ‘stand alone’ course.



Our core model is integrative holistic making the course unique in integrating both non directive and directive approaches to play therapy using a wide range of creative arts media. The programme content is based upon the theory and practice of neuroscience, humanistic psychology, particularly that of Virginia 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 John Bowlby, Carl Jung, Margaret Lowenfeld, Margaret Mahler, 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 of the course.

The lives of children in the present day are highly regulated and controlled. Non-directive play therapy 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 adult 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 ends. In this way the time within a session becomes timeless and the child’s imagination is set free to explore and recreate his/her experiences and to create and make his/her own world.

There are, however, a number of cases where the non directive approach needs to be complemented by other approaches. These are introduced at appropriate points. The main items in the ‘Play Therapy Tool-Kit’ are taught and put into practice.


Learning Objectives

The overall purpose is to enable participants to practice safely and effectively using therapeutic play skills in a variety of settings to provide emotional support to individual children with slight to moderate problems.

Upon successful completion of the course each participant will have gained:

  • A sound understanding of the principles underlying play therapy and the appropriate use of techniques – the play therapy tool-kit
  • Practical skills for running therapeutic play sessions with individual children
  • An ability to assess children’s needs and organise the provision of therapeutic play facilities
  • An appreciation of the ethical issues
  • Increased confidence in using therapeutic play with children and adolescents
  • The counselling, therapeutic and practical skills to enable you to carry out therapeutic play
  • An understanding of the ethical considerations
  • Awareness of your own process and development
  • Theoretical Knowledge of child development and child psychology


Course Structure

  • Module 1 – Orientation to Setting Up and Development of Practice Based Play Therapy within an Integrative Holistic Model
  • Module 2 – Using Symbolic Play Therapy Tools and Metaphor Safely
  • Module 3 – Using Expressive Arts Therapies as a Means of Processing and Reaching the Unconscious

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Learning Methods

The course is divided into 3 x 5 day blocks forming 3 modules.

Participants will learn through working with other members of the course 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.

Learning will 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 weekends. Assignments will be subject of group discussions the following weekend.

100 hours of supervised clinical work with children is required as a main learning method.


15 days consisting of 3 x 5 day modules


1st block:  28th October – 1st November 2017

2nd block:  14th – 18th April 2018

3rd block:  26th – 30th May 2018



Post graduate Certificate of Therapeutic Play Skills



College of Allied Educators

Gedung E-Building 2nd floor

Kompleks Harmoni Plaza Blok I No. 1-4

Jl.  Suryopranoto No. 2, Jakarta Pusat




Mrs. Julie Burton (Overseas Training Co-ordinator (Asia and Australasia), Senior Course Director APAC, International and UK, Senior Play Therapist from UK, PTUK Certified Supervisor)

Entry requirement is Advance Dip / Degree in related field.

Please feel free to contact me at +62 817 602 8863 or email: for further queries for an 1 hour complimentary Preview by skype to know further for the course details.


Warm Regards,

Yudi Hartanto

Programme Manager

College of Allied Educators Indonesia

Gedung E Building Lantai 2

Kompleks Harmoni Plaza Blok I no. 1-4

Jl. Suryopranoto No. 2, Jakarta Pusat

O : +6221 6323399

M: +62817 602 8863 (whatsapp)

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Do not waste time or money on courses that are not accredited both by a recognised play therapy professional organisation AND a University.  They will not give you awards that are recognised by employers.  Beware that some training providers claim that their courses are at ‘post graduate level’.  These will not provide post graduate awards, which in the UK can only be awarded by a recognised university. Also be aware that in some countries universities are set up without the recognition of the Government and therefore their awards are not valid. Finally be aware that distance learning courses cannot, on their own, provide the essential experiential training that is required to become a safe and effective practitioner..

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