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:

    04/04/2022

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 over 23 years old at the time of entry to the programme and have at least two years post qualifying experience of working with children. College Placement hours are not considered as post qualifying experience. 
     
  • Applicants will be shortlisted to attend for interview based on their online applications.
     
  • National Vetting Bureau
    MTU 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 the 'Apply Tab' above).
     
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the Reference Form have been submitted by the closing date.
     
  • Reference Form should be completed and returned confidentially by the referees.  The referees must email the Reference Form to Karen.OConnor@cit.ie by Monday 4 April 2022.

Department(s)

Applied Social Studies

All part-time programmes at MTU 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

  • Clinical Supervision (from MTU approved supervisors) is not included in the course fees.
     
  • Please allow additional costs for Professional Supervision of €2,500 and €2,000 for year 1 and year 2. 
     
  • Personal Therapy - students are required to undertake 50 sessions (25 sessions for year 1 and 25 sessions for year 2 at your own expense). Personal Therapy fees can range between €50 and €100 per session.  
     
  • Setting up a playroom (purchasing of toys/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, part-time.
No. of weeks per Semester: 13 (two Semester per academic year)
Duration: 3 years


While the course lectures are delivered on a part time basis, (mostly on Saturdays), students may be required to attend block weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).


However, whilst this is a part-time course, the programme requires a significant time commitment both to the academic study at MA level and time commitment to the clinical practice .  At least 1 day a week is required for clinical placement  and write-ups (this must be during Social Work Office hours to facilitate child protection reporting). Students also have to consider time involved in Personal Therapy, time for Professional Supervision, and academic study for course assignments. 


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 MTU approved supervisors, to be paid separately from the course fees.


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) At the time of this publication, there is no professional requirement to have a MA in Play Therapy to practice, however, most of our students do continue to Year 3. 


The MA in Play Therapy is awarded to successful candidates who complete a module in research skills and a research dissertation. 

 

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 MTU 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. 

 

Award

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

MTU 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

  • Our next intake is September 2022, we do not have an intake in September 2021.
     
  • Applications for this training will open in January 2022 and will close Monday 4th April 2022 for next intake.
     
  • Applicants will be shortlisted to attend for interview based on their online applications.
  • 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.

     
  • Additional Information Document: 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.  References should be completed and returned confidentially by the referees.  The referees must email the Reference Form to Karen.OConnor@cit.ie by Monday 4th April 2022.

    Download > You can download the Reference Form here.  

 

NATIONAL VETTING BUREAU

MTU 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

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