If you have experience of working with children and families, this course will help you develop your expertise and move into a stimulating career as a play therapist. You can study part-time over three years and will benefit from placements that will enhance your learning experience and better prepare you for your future career.
Working as a play therapist is an immensely rewarding and enriching career. This MSc Play Therapy will teach you how to work safely and therapeutically with children and families with complex needs. The course is a collaboration between With Kids (a Scottish charity) and the MSc Art Psychotherapy (International) at QMU.
This innovative course is structured to develop your skills through a variety of modules and learning experiences. You will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental inter-relatedness of the child’s physical, social and emotional world, and will develop the skills to work effectively and therapeutically to enhance emotional wellbeing and transform life chances. You will work directly with children and families of increasing complexity on practice placement and two modules include clinical observation of a child/children from infanthood to adolescence.
You can exit after stage 1 with PgCert Play Therapy.
You can exit after stage 2 with PgDip Play Therapy.
To apply, you should be a professional with relevant qualifications and/or degree in a related discipline together with a minimum of two years of post-qualifying experience in, for example, social work, teaching, educational psychology, clinical psychology or nursing. Alternatively you should have at least five years’ experience working face to face with children, young people and their families/carers. Interview.
You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.
Part time (day)
School of Health Sciences