Honours degree in a relevant subject is an essential pre-requisite as the
training is offered at postgraduate level:
Applicants would normally have completed a minimum of two years’ work with
children of varying ages and families in a voluntary or professional
capacity. All applicants would also need to be in good physical and mental
health and undergo a check through the Criminal Records Bureau.
Personal suitability is
an essential pre-requisite to play therapy training. Maturity and relevant
life experience are essential, as prospective play therapists need to be
sensitive, open and motivated to help children and families in intense
emotional distress. Play therapists are faced with children in severe
emotional pain and will require the insight, confidence and strength to
enter into the in-depth play therapy process.
applicants have a background that includes some study of psychology and work
with children in emotional distress within health, social or educational
services. Play therapy is usually a second career for those working in the
fields of counselling, psychology, nursing, social work or teaching.
The minimum age for entry
onto the training is 25 years and the average student is aged between 30 –