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The Children’s Therapy Centre (CTC) is the longest established and foremost provider of professional play therapy training in Ireland and has been delivering high quality specialised training since the 90’s. We are committed to training practitioners in the expanding field of psychotherapy with a specialisation in the use of play and creative approaches. We have approved quality assurance standards with both FETAC and HETAC.

We are a registered third level educational institute and offer both a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy and a MA in Creative Psychotherapy (Humanistic and Integrative Modality). We offer courses that are recognised by the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, the Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy and by the Irish Association for Psychotherapy in Primary Care so that our graduates can pursue professional accreditation as play therapists and psychotherapists. We are also the only APT approved Provider in Ireland. It can be difficult to know where to start when looking at training options so we suggest that the ideal starting point is to check out our guide.

CTC subscribes to a Humanistic and Integrative approach to psychotherapy and play therapy. We believe in experiential learning, putting our humanistic belief system into practice in all our interactions with trainees. Our courses are eclectic in nature, are based on integrating skills, theory and personal development components, and theoretical learning is rooted in experiential learning as far as possible.

We have an expert team of teaching staff including qualified and experienced psychotherapists, play therapists, creative arts therapists, and psychologists. All trainers hold appropriate qualifications and professional accreditation.

Our main training centre is located in Ballymore, Co Westmeath, Ireland and many of our courses take place here. We offer accredited courses at other locations occasionally and design and deliver courses for agencies and groups, in Ireland and abroad, on request. CTC provides training in Play Therapy, Child Psychotherapy, Developmental and Therapeutic Play work, Creative Supervision, plus specialised intensive training in therapeutic responses to trauma and child abuse. We also offer a range of short courses in developmental and therapeutic play. In partnership with CIT we offer the Principles of Art Therapy Certificate (Level 8, 10 credits) in Dublin.

Our courses have been designed for practitioners in health, education, therapeutic, and social care settings, including child-care workers, project workers, occupational therapists, creative arts therapists, play therapists, psychotherapists, psychologists, nurses, teachers, classroom and special needs assistants, early education staff, day care staff, staff in special needs settings (day care or residential units), and for anyone wishing to work oversees as a volunteer in developing countries or disaster areas.

We look forward to meeting you on one of our courses.