Ireland's foremost provider of training in Play Therapy

Whether you're expanding your skills, or starting a new career as a Play Therapist and Psychotherapist, we have the training for you. From short courses to a full Masters, we have professionally and academically recognised training for all levels across the country.

Academically & Professionally recognised

We are the only institution in Ireland where you can gain a dual qualification as a Play Therapist and Psychotherapist with full academic and professional validation. We offer QQI awards at both Level 6 and Masters Level 9 and have professional recognition by both IAHIP and IAPTP. Ours is the only humanistic and integrative child and adolescent training to hold such accreditation.

Courses for all levels and all localities

We run courses across the country, and for all levels. From short introductory and professional development courses, to our QQI Level 6 Theraputic Play Skills Certificate all the way to our Masters-level professional qualification, we ensure our courses are accessible to everyone regardless of where they are based in Ireland.

Expand your employment potential

There is a large and growing demand for people with play therapy training. Our short courses and QQI Level 6 Certificate provides new skills to incorporate into your current work, while our Masters Level course opens up a whole new profession as a much sought-after Psychotherapist with a specialisation in Play Therapy with statutory services, NGO’s, or working in private practice

Frequently Asked Questions

Play Therapy is a powerful form of therapy that recognises children’s play as more than just fun; it is a language through which they communicate and develop. Rather than seeking to apply standard adult talk-therapy methods to children, play therapy seeks to engage with them at their own level, developing a strong relationship with the child through the medium of play, and through that help children prevent or resolve a wide array of psychosocial difficulties so they can achieve their potential. >> Read More >>

A play therapist is someone trained to communicate with children through the medium of play. A psychotherapist is a mental health professional who is accredited and/or registered to provide psychological treatment to clients with complex emotional needs.

A play therapist that is not also a psychotherapist, or other mental health professional, uses play therapy to work with children who do not have clinical issues, for instance, they may work with children with developmental challenges and those who are struggling with changes in their lives. The aim is to promote emotional wellbeing and help children adjust to new situations so that they can regain the happiness and security that may have been lost due to a difficult experience such as a bereavement, illness, or single incident trauma.

At CTC we believe it is best for play therapists to also be psychotherapists. This means that they are trained mental health professionals able to provide developmental and therapeutic play, play therapy, and psychological treatment to clients across the spectrum of need including those with significant clinical issues and those with complex histories including multiple traumas. >> Read More >>

CTC run four types of courses: a wide array of short courses, QQI validated courses in Therapeutic Play Skills and Principles of Art Therapy, our full QQI Level 9 Masters in Creative Psychotherapy which includes a postgraduate diploma in Play Therapy and also a Diploma in Creative Supervision for therapists looking to become supervisors.

Our short courses include great introductions for those new to play therapy, providing opportunities to learn more therapeutic play to incorporate it into your work or parenting, or prepare you for more in-depth training. We also have short courses for play therapists, psychotherapists and othe professionals wishing to expand their knowledge and skill set and continue their professional development. These can vary from one-day to week-long events.

Our QQI Certificates build on the content of the one-day courses and provide a recognised academic award in either therapeutic play or art therapy. They equip participants to provide individual and group play or art interventions that support children’s development and enhances the general skill set of professionals including teachers, child care workers, social workers, so that they can provide therapeutic play experiences within their current professional role.

Our Masters programme is a four-year part time course that qualifies you as both a Play Therapist and Psychotherapist, and is fully recognised by professional bodies such as IAHIP and IAPTP, while our Diploma in Creative Supervision is a one year course for those who wish to become qualified supervisors.  >> Read More >>

What Others Have to Say

Eileen Prendiville, an international expert in the field of play therapy, is a dynamic, engaging teacher, supervisor, and consultant. I highly endorse the quality of her work!
Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., RPT-S
Cofounder of USA Association for Play Therapy, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University
CTC is set in the green lush Irish countryside. It is a tranquil setting to learn and absorb information on play therapy. The centre is well resourced with books, toys, journal articles, and resources from around the world.
Dr. Karen Stagnitti
Associate Professor, School of Health of Social Development, Deakin University.
At CTC I learned....the rules of the world, that kids are the boss of play, that touchstones can not be done from the chair, that big feelings happen, that feelings get muddled, that attachment is where it starts." "That you need to be prepared to come home with paint, glitter glue, grass, and glupe on your clothes".  "That lectures can be embodied, projected and roleplayed.... from under the table, or on the floor, or in the garden or even from the chair." I learned about Eileen's passion, her generousity of wisdom, and her encouragment.  I left knackered, but ALWAYS looking forward to going back.
Past student
I've really enjoyed my first year of the play therapy course. I am amazed at how much I've learned. The course is very practical, which means I've learned without realising it. While doing, not just listening, which is so much more meaningful. Everything I've learned I feel is relevant in some way. I'm really looking forward to next year.
Past student
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    December 25, 2019

    Test event

    All day
    December 25, 2019
    CTC Westmeath Training Centre
    Unnamed Road, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

    No additional detail for this event.

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    January 11, 2020

    Limerick: When words are not enough: Clinical supervision and the creative process

    10:00 -17:00
    January 11, 2020-January 12, 2020
    Limerick (CARI)
    Cari House, Ennis Rd, Shannabooly, Limerick, Ireland

    This three day course costs a total of €300. A €100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure booking, and the balance is due at least two weeks before the course begins.

    Online booking is not currently available for this course. To book a place please email the name of the course, your name, address, contact number and professional details to

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    January 25, 2020

    Galway: Involving Parents in the Therapy Process

    10:00 -16:45
    January 25, 2020
    Galway (Acorn 2 Oaks)
    Unnamed Road, Galway, Ireland

    You can chose to pay only a €50 deposit now, with the remainder automatically charged three weeks prior to the course begining.

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    February 22, 2020

    Claremorris: Play Therapy Techniques

    10:00 -16:45
    February 22, 2020
    Claremorris (Mayo Adult & Children Therapy Centre)
    Clare Business Centre, Lower James St, Rooskybeg, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland

    You can chose to pay only a €50 deposit now, with the remainder automatically charged three weeks prior to the course begining.

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    Laura Coleman

    Laura is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist and play therapist working from an adolescent and child centred perspective. She is also involved in the training and supervision of youth workers, play therapists, and psychotherapists. She maintains a private psychotherapy and supervision practice and specialises in palliative care therapy services, play therapy, group work with adolescents, and with groups dealing with bereavement issues. Laura teaches on a number of CTC courses including the MA programme and our level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate course in Claremorris. Laura also facilitates some of our introductory workshops and CPD courses.

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    February 22, 2020

    Dunlaoighre: Introduction to Humanisting Play Therapy

    10:00 -16:45
    February 22, 2020
    8 Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

    You can chose to pay only a €50 deposit now, with the remainder automatically charged three weeks prior to the course begining.

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