Play therapy and childhood


Learn how to therapeutically support children’s psychological, emotional, behavioural and social health to optimise growth and development. Our postgraduate play therapy courses are ideal career development for professionals already working the children.

Deakin's Master of Childplay Therapy: first postgrad degree of its kind in Australia
Learn from industry experts: our staff are active performers and pioneering academics

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.

Workshops and Masterclasses

Our child play therapy team offer a number of masterclasses and workshops as an introduction to play therapy practice and to meet professional development needs of professionals in education, counselling, clinical and allied health.

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Taught by industry experts

Our staff are experienced mental health practitioners and are active as pioneering academics in Australian play therapy teaching and research.

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.

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.

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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).

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.

Deakin's 15% postgraduate bursary

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.  Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.


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