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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:

    Next intake into this course will be in September 2020

Admission Requirements:

Next intake into this course will be in September 2020

  • 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.

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 2019 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 2019 and are subject to change on an annual basis.

EU Applicants: €6,900  in total for three year MA (€2,300 per annum).
Clinical Supervision (from CIT approved supervisors - this supervision is not included in course fees and is outside class times). Personal therapy and playroom materials are also additional costs.

Overview

This programme is a postgraduate clinical training in Play Therapy. It aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge, skills, and competences to practice as Play Therapists. It aims to equip practitioners with the clinical capability that would match international standards of best practice within the Play Therapy profession. Ongoing Personal Therapy  is a key requirement in this training and is not included in the course fee.

On successful completion of the programme graduates may be eligible for membership of the Irish representative organisations for Play Therapists. These include the Irish Play Therapy Association, the Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy, and Play Therapy Ireland.

Duration & delivery

The programme is offered on a part- time basis over three years (class attendance is on Saturdays at present). However, it is a demanding course  both academically and  practically in conducting Child Observations and Play Therapy sessions.

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 dissertation.  

No. of weeks per annum: 26
Duration: Three 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

 

  • Next intake into this course will be in 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.

  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

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.

Myriam Clancy
myriam.clancy@cit.ie
021 4326155