Sometimes children don’t have the words to express what they are feeling. Studying therapeutic child play at Deakin will give you additional skills to pursue your rewarding work with children and their families.
Deakin’s therapeutic play and child play therapy courses are the first of their kind offered by an Australian university. The Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play 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 therapeutic child play. You will learn how to assess and observe 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.