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The Preparation for Play Therapy Certification Program

The Preparation for Play Therapy Certification Program is designed for practicing professionals 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 training.  This preparation program in play therapy offers 15 credit hours of play therapy education, training, and clinical supervision experiences. This program is appropriate for master students and 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 requirements have been completed, with additional coursework and supervised clinical hours, these clinicians could apply to become Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors (RPT-S), the highest level of certification in the field. 

Requirements:
 

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Course #

Course

Cr Hrs


COUN7505
 

Play Therapy with the Neurodiverse

1

COUN7506
 

The Use of Art Expression in Play Therapy

1

COUN7507
 

An Introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy

1

COUN7508
 

Play Therapy in Private Practice

1

COUN7509
 

Trauma Informed Play Therapy Applications and Techniques

1

COUN7510

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

1

COUN7511

Advanced Play Therapy I:  Contemporary Theory and Research

1

COUN7512

Advanced Play Therapy Techniques and Practice I 

1

COUN7513

Advanced Play Therapy Techniques and Practice II 

1

COUN7514

Clinical Application and Play Therapy I 

1

COUN7515

Clinical Application and Play Therapy II 

1

COUN7516

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

1

COUN7517

Advanced Play Therapy II:  Contemporary Theory and Research

1

COUN7518

Sand Tray and Sand Play

1

COUN7519

Filial and Family Play

1


COUN7520

Supervision Practices in Play Therapy

1
 

COUN7560

Post-Masters Practicum in Play

1-10



Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor Preparation Program (RPT-S) - The Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor Preparation Program is a 1 credit hour post-graduate preparation course in play therapy supervision beyond the required coursework to become a Registered Play Therapist. Additional clinical hours and play therapy specific supervision must also be completed before applying for certification to the Association for Play Therapy. This certification preparation course meets the required seat work and leads to the ability to apply for the Association for Play Therapy credential, RPT-S.

Admission - Admission into the RPT or RPT-S certification preparation programs requires an application ($50 fee), references, transcripts, and interview.  

Utilization of Play Therapy Emphasis Courses - NNU students currently enrolled in the master's program Play Therapy Emphasis area are allowed to utilize six credits of play-specific emphasis area courses toward the post-master's certification preparation program.