Master of Child Play Therapy

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Child Play Therapy

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

Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$21,890* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code H705

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 Co-ordinator. 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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Domestic students enrolled in this course may be eligible for income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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.

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

Core units

HSO710Foundations of Play Therapy

HSO711Child Attachment Environment and Trauma

HSO713Assessment and Measurement in Play Abilities

HSO715Childhood Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology

HSO709Therapeutic Use of Self

HSO712Child Centred/Non-Directive Play Therapy

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSO714Child Play Therapy Research Project A

HSO716Child Therapy Research Project B

HSO717Professional Practice and Behaviour

HSO719Coursework Intensive A

HSO721Coursework Intensive B

HSO723Coursework Intensive C

One unit to be chosen from the list below

ALL743Foundations in Narrative Theory

HPS772Child and Adolescent Development

Entry requirements - general

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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Candidates must have a minimum of two years’ experience working with children and families, and a relevant undergraduate degree or further studies relevant to therapeutic work with children and families. Following the closing date for applications, short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. Only candidates deemed suitable at interview will be offered a place.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.


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