Master of Child Play Therapy

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Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Child Play Therapy

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode, however there are significant placement and campus requirements

Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH705

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Child Play Therapy is a growing specialist area within the mental health and early childhood sectors. Child Play Therapy is an evidence based profession in which play is used as the medium to transform children’s lives when they have experienced abuse or trauma, have a developmental disorder, or are experiencing a mental health issue. This two year Master degree provides specialist training for students with relevant prior experience and qualifications. The orientation of the course is primarily Humanistic but other approaches will be presented in the course materials. Placement units will be supervised by a qualified Child Play Therapist with clinical work undertaken in the student’s workplace, or at a site chosen by the student in consultation with the course team, and with the approval of the Course Director. Students will be encouraged to develop their interpersonal, creative and expressive capacities including their spontaneity and playfulness in order to work effectively with children and their families as a Child Play Therapist. Assessments cover a wide spectrum from formal examinations to in-class activities. Delivery is primarily online with intensive study sessions which will be attended by all students each trimester.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible to become a Registered Play Therapist with the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA).


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.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to work in professional healthcare teams, in individual private practice, and in a range of health, education and community contexts.

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Course rules

The Master of Child Play Therapy degree comprises 16 credit points, 15 of which are core units (15 credit points), plus one selective unit (1 credit point) in trimester two, first year.

Students may exit the course after completing a specified sequence of four units for the award H505 Graduate Certificate of Play and Childhood, or after completing the specified sequence of 8 units for the award H605 Graduate Diploma of Play and Childhood.

Course structure

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