Module: Play Therapy Skills

Psychology role play

Play Therapy Skills is a central module for students studying the MSc Play Therapy. In this module we look at the key concepts of Humanistic Person Centred theory, therapy and counselling as this underpins all work in Child-Centred Play Therapy. We also look at the psychological concepts underlying play therapy and therapeutic play such as playfulness.

Learning in this module is underpinned by experiential work which enables links to be made between theory and practice. In addition, a number of practical workshops facilitate the practice of key skills such as the development and nurturing of a therapeutic relationship with our clients, ways of assessing and understanding our clients and the factors which enable them to develop and grow.

Working with other practitioners is a part of the working life of a play therapist and to assist this, introductory sessions on the work of art, drama and music therapists are conducted by experienced practitioners in their respective fields.

To ensure safe practice and compliance when on clinical placement the legal and ethical components of counselling and therapy are addressed.

Assessment for this module includes essays, a presentation and a piece of reflective writing.