Play therapy and childhood



If you're a professional already working with children and would like to enhance your therapeutic skills to include play therapy approaches in your current practice, Deakin’s postgraduate play and childhood courses are a great choice. 

Study this specialist field through Deakin’s internationally-recognised courses and learn how to work to the benefit of children’s social, emotional and behavioural health - and optimise growth and development.

Taught by industry experts

Our staff are practiced teachers. They're equipped with overseas teaching experience and are active as pioneering academics in Australian child play therapy research.


We offer a number of professional development and personal interest workshops. Whether you're a professional looking to develop your existing skills, or a parent or carer interested to learn more about child play therapy, our workshops can assist.

Find out more about our workshops

Choosing the right course

If you're interested in a career in this discipline, Deakin can help you get there.

Are you new to this area of study?

If you haven't previously worked or studied in this area, you'll need to complete an undergraduate course before moving on to our specialised postgraduate programs.

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Are you working or studying in this area?

If you've completed an undergraduate course or have professional experience in this field, Deakin's postgraduate offering will help you reach your career goals.

Play therapy and childhood courses

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Research with us

Our academic staff are able to supervise higher degree research students from Masters to PhD in areas such as play, play therapy, attachment, childhood and development, family and systemic practice, trauma and psychopathology.

Learn more about researching with us


Graduates of the Master of Child Play Therapy may apply to become a Registered Child Play Therapist with the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA).

Career opportunities

Graduates may choose to work in the provision of childhood and therapeutic services and consultation within healthcare, school settings or private practice such as:

  • child protection and children's services 
  • self-employment in private practice
  • court evaluations of children's needs
  • domestic violence support 
  • family support services.

What do our students and staff say?

Master of Child Play Therapy at Deakin University

Dr Jane Edwards (Course Director) and Dr Judi Parson (Lecturer) discuss Deakin's Master of Child Play Therapy the first postgraduate degree of its kind in Australia. Find out about the entry requirements, what you'll study and how play therapy works.

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