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Play Therapy (MA)

  • Course Code

    CR_HPLTH_9

  • Field of Study

    Counselling,Psychotherapy

  • Type of Course:

    Postgraduate Diploma,Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    MA

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    21st April 2020.

Course duration:

3 years (part-time mode of delivery)

Admission Requirements:

  • The entry requirement is a Level 8 Honours degree (H2.2) or higher, in one of the following areas:
    Counselling/Psychotherapy, Early Years Education, Occupational Therapy, Primary Education, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Care, Social Work, Special Needs Education or a cognate discipline.
     
  • Applicants must be 23 years old at the time of entry to the programme and have at least two years post qualifying experience of working with children.
     
  • Applicants will be shortlisted to attend for interview based on their online applications.
     
  • National Vetting Bureau
    CIT uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. For more information, please click here.

 

 

Submit two written references 

  • The Referees should be people who have known you for some substantial time, who are not related to you, and who are in a position to comment objectively on your readiness for the course. 
  • You will need to print two copies of the reference form. You should give a copy of the reference form and information relating to the course to each referee. (forms available on this course page)
  • References should be returned confidentially by the referees by  Tuesday 28th April 2020. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the references have been submitted by the closing date.
  • References should be submitted to Karen O’Connor, MA Programme in Play Therapy, Block G, Department of Applied Social Studies, Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown, Cork by Friday 1st May 2020.

Department(s)

Applied Social Studies

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
 

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2020/2021 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.
 

For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students

 

Course Fee

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2020/21 and are subject to change on an annual basis.
 

€6,900  in total for three year MA (€2,300 per annum). Additional costing is outline below.

 

Clinical Supervision (this supervision is not included in course fees and is outside class times, a list of approved supervisors will be issued by the teaching team). Weekly personal therapy from approved therapists and playroom materials are also additional costs.

 

Additional Costing

  1. Clinical Supervision (from CIT approved supervisors) is not included in the course fees;
  2. Personal Therapy - students are required to undertake minimum 50 sessions at their own expense;
  3. Setting up a playroom/rent a playroom also has to be considered.  

 

Overview

This programme is a postgraduate clinical training in Play Therapy. It aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge and clinical capability that would match international standards of best practice within the Play Therapy profession.

 


Key areas:
• Personal therapy and personal development

 

 

Duration & delivery

3 years.


The course lectures are delivered on a part time basis on Saturdays. However, 1 day a week is also required for placement (this must be during Social Work Office hours to facilitate child protection reporting). Students also have to consider time involved in Personal Therapy and academic study for course assignments. Students will be required to attend one block residential weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the year).

 

The course has 90 ECTs credits and will be delivered as follows;

  • Years 1 and 2 (60 credits) will include a clinical training in Play Therapy. Students will study modules which will be experiential and theoretical. They will undertake placements in both years and will require external supervision from CIT approved supervisors. This supervision is not included in course fees and is outside class times.
     
  • On successful completion of the taught elements, students will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, unless they proceed to Year 3.
     
  • Year 3 (30 credits) The MA in Play Therapy is awarded to successful candidates who complete a module in research skills and a research dissertation. 

 

No. of weeks per Semester: 13 (two Semester per academic year)
Duration: 3 years

 

Award

Master of Arts in Play Therapy (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

 

For detailed module information, please click here .
 

  • Private practice as a Clinical Play Therapist
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services within the HSE
  • Play Therapist within the school setting / early years setting
  • Play Therapist within the homeless services
  • Play Therapist in community projects and Family Resource Centres
  • Expert witness in court proceedings
     

Graduates who successfully complete the MA in Play Therapy will have the specialised expertise in an emerging field of research, which in turn, will allow for professional supervision in niche areas

  • Online application opens 18th February for course commencing 12th September 2020.
     
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
     
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
     
  • Applicants will be shortlisted to attend for interview based on their online
    applications starting week 25th May 2020.
     

  • Please download and complete this document (which is to be inserted with your online application form):
    • Employment details
    • Education and Training
    • Personal Development experience
    • Experience as a helper using Counselling Skills
    • Confidential Personal Statement
     

  • Your application will not be processed unless the above document –
        Additional Information – is completed and uploaded to your application.

     

  • Please attach and upload any other relevant documents such as transcripts, CV, that support your application as applicants  will be shortlisted based on evidence provided.  

  • Two written references are also required for applicants.  The Reference Forms must be printed, completed, and submitted to Karen O’Connor, CIT by the closing date Tuesday 28th April 2020. You can download the reference form here.  You can access more details on appropriate Referee and Reference forms by clicking on the ‘Overview Tab ‘.

 

NATIONAL VETTING BUREAU

CIT uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. For more information, please click here.

 

 

Apply online >>

Karen O'Connor
karen.oconnor@cit.ie
021 4326155

Myriam Clancy
myriam.clancy@cit.ie