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Certificate in Art and Play Therapy: Children and Young People






Course overview:

This certificate course provides you with small group training (maximum 10 participants) in expressive art and play methods. You will gain 200 hours of training and supervision to build your understanding, skill, and confidence in working therapeutically with children and young people in both individual counselling and group work settings.


To really understand the experience of children and young people and offer them help, we need to allow them sufficient opportunities to express themselves in ways that they feel most comfortable. Toys are children's words and play is their language. Young people can often find it easier to express through music, movement or art.  Based on current evidence-based research, international play therapy centres, and the presenter's own twenty five years of clinical experience, this course will provide a solid foundation for your creative therapy.


You will have practical, useful and interactive opportunities to discover the worlds of both non-directive and more structured therapeutic art and play. This certificate course offers you an experiential introduction to working with children and young people using a broad range of art and play media. It is structured as 150 hours of face to face learning, 40 hours flexible delivery learning and 10 hours of supervision. This optimises the time you have to practice new methods and fine tune new skills.


In this course, you will learn: 

  • The eight core principles of non-directive art and play therapy
  • Twenty powerful techniques that allow children and young people to express and explore their concerns
  • A sound understanding of art and play therapy, and how to use it
  • How to engage children and young people in the counselling process
  • How to have meaningful conversations with parents about their expectations of counselling
  • How to make sense of what the client's art and play means
  • When and how to participate appropriately in art and play activities
  • What to tell parents about what has occurred in a session
  • How to build art and play media resources in your own practice
  • How to use creative methods to help you cope with work demands

You will be able to:

  • Experience the therapeutic uses of art and play therapy
  • Practise and build confidence with art and play techniques
  • Expand skills in communicating and contracting with parents
  • Learn in the safety and support of a small group environment

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentations
  • Large group discussions
  • Pair and small group discussions
  • DVD and live demonstrations of methods
  • Practical role play experience with methods in pairs and triads
  • Reflection opportunities on application of methods

Who Should Attend?

This course is open to all who are working in a counselling or therapeutic group work capacity with children or young people and are postgraduates of psychology, counselling, social work, occupational therapy, health and welfare degrees.


CORE Module Dates 2020

  • March 2-4,
  • April 6-8,
  • May 4-6,       
  • August 3-5,
  • September 7-9


ELECTIVE Modules you choose

Certificate course includes 7 additional workshop training days from our program - please see Course Information below for details.

Workshop Facilitators 

Jacki Short  - Counselling Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor and Team.



All Core Training Modules will be held in Burwood, Sydney.

The Elective Training Modules are offered in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


Please contact us directly if you are interested in applying for this course as numbers are limited to 10 participants and course prerequisties apply


Payment of Course Fees

Payment Plans available upon request.





What people are saying about ...

Certificate in Art and Play Therapy with Children and Young People

The training was..


 a great course! It was very well planned and executed well. The information presented was relevant and supported with empirical evidence and experiential practice.


thoroughly enjoyable! It has enhanced my skills and opened up a massive area of interest for me. Thank you so much - it was amazing!


wonderful! I have never enjoyed a course as much as I've enjoyed yours. I would do it again in a heartbeat!


Why did you decide to do this training?


I wanted to further my knowledge, skills and competencies within child psychology. Although I attend weekly clinical supervision with a registered child psychologist, I didn't feel that this was a very practical way of meeting my needs. The experiential learning in this course allowed me to see the value in art and play therapies and better understand the application of this kind of work.


I have always had more than a passing interest in art therapy after working with some therapists almost 10 years ago. I went on a search each year thinking I would like to pursue that field but it took a little while to find something that fit.


  Filial and play therapy was my initial interest but I was interested in the sandtray too after reading the course material.


What did you get out of it?


This course has allowed me to better understand and practice how to effectively communicate with children and young people. It's allowed me to build rapport and a safe envirobment with my clients to better work with them.


My approach to children and their families who attend our service has, to my surprise, changed. I find I am more reflective in my listening and I sit with silence more comfortably. You have opened my eyes to many new possibilities. I did not realise how much art and play therapy would speak to me so loudly and clearly that this is the path I need to pursue.


This course has provided me with the tools to enhace my practice and has given me some amazing ideas about how to consult with children and young people.