Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
- Cloud (online)
There may be on campus intensives offered.Cloud (online)
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Sometimes children don’t have the words to express what they’re feeling. Studying play and childhood at Deakin will give you additional skills to pursue your rewarding work with children and their families.
Deakin’s play therapy and childhood courses are the first of their kind offered by an Australian university. The Graduate Diploma of Play and Childhood is taught by practiced teachers equipped with overseas teaching experience, and by pioneering academics in Australian child play therapy research.
The course is designed for medical, allied health, welfare, and education professionals who work in community based services with children, adolescents and families who have experienced developmental, emotional, trauma or events that result in or comprise a mental health issue or concern.
The role of play in lives of children will be explored with an introduction to the theories, models, and practices of Child Play Therapy. You will learn how to analyse a child’s play behaviour, examining the behavioural characteristics present when children have a play deficit.
You will gain knowledge about children's development of play skills and coping, and consider the role of the practitioner in providing age appropriate play based experiences to children and young people.
This includes the study of several aspects of child development (cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, biological, motor, moral, developmental disorders) from infancy to adolescence.
There will also be an exploration of childhood developmental neuroscience and psychopathology, covering a range of mental health issues such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism spectrum disorders, eating disorders, child abuse and bereavement.Read More
There may be on campus intensives offered.Cloud (online)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Applicants require relevant sector experience of one year or more working in a health, community or education service with children and families and successful completion of an undergraduate degree, preferably in an area related to health/social care/education; this includes qualifications in nursing, or counselling.
The Master course H705 Master of Child Play Therapy leads to professional recognition. This Postgraduate Diploma is a skills enhancement program that supports practitioners to engage new learning and enhance their existing skills.
Note: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.
Graduates will be eligible to work in professional healthcare teams, in individual private practice, and in a range of health, education and community contexts.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Integrate knowledge of child development, neuroscience and psychopathology to design, implement and scaffold a therapeutic child play intervention.
Demonstrate verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills necessary to convey ideas, proposals and findings, pertaining to therapeutic child play to a variety of audiences.
Use appropriate technologies to find, use and disseminate information; and use technologies consistent with ethico-legal requirements for the management of personal information and clinical record keeping.
Demonstrate an ethical research approach to identify, analyse and critically evaluate evidenced-based practice integrated with relevant literature.
Apply knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, evaluate a therapeutic treatment plan or refer to a Child Play Therapist or other Practitioner.
Demonstrate personal autonomy and professional judgement in the field of therapeutic child play showing responsibility and accountability, in conjunction with reflective and ethical practice.
Establish and maintain collaborative professional relationships demonstrating responsibility and accountability to the child, family and carers.
Demonstrate professional and ethical practice and respect for diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts that may impact children and families.
To complete the Graduate Diploma of Play and Childhood students must attain 8 credit points comprising 7 core units (these are compulsory) plus 1 unit from the selectives listed below.
Select one unit:
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