CTC’s Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills

The Children’s Therapy Centre’s Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills is offered on a part-time basis and equips participants with the relevant knowledge, skill and competencies to plan, deliver and evaluate both group and individual play based interventions. It is a highly engaging learning programme with experiential learning opportunities built in throughout. The training is designed for professionals who want to gain new knowledge and skills to use within their current professional role. It is also ideal foundation level training for anyone considering pursuing full MA training in the field of psychotherapy and play therapy. Participants engage in creative activities that enhance personal development, develop insight and awareness, and contribute to understanding, and meeting, the needs of all children including those living in adverse circumstances.  Course content includes coverage of many therapeutic play interventions, including creative visualisation, interactive play, use of puppets and creative storytelling, skills to support self-directed play and running groups for personal and social development. Directive and non-directive therapeutic approaches are addressed. The training is delivered by extremely experienced and skilled trainers who are also leading child and adolescent psychotherapists and play therapists with extensive experience working in the field.


The programme runs in person in a number of locations and is also offered as a live online training. We also facilitate the programme specifically for interested groups and agencies, if you are interested in organising this please email ctccourseinfo@gmail.com Please see below for details on the next available courses.


January 2024 – Live Online 

February 2024 – Live Online

Kilcock 2024 –  In Person – Starting 10th of February

March 2024 – Live Online

Limerick 2024 – In Person – Starting 6th of April

April 2024 – Live Online

June 2024 – Live Online


Programme Aims

This programme aims to enhance the professional practice of participants by building on core skills to work creatively and play effectively  with children, adolescents, and sometimes adults,  with reference to their age, stage of development, and current needs and priorities.  We aim to enhance your capacity to incorporate play, and creative interventions to support holistic development, build resiliency, and address challenges within the role you hold by virtue of your current career in education, social care, childcare, or any area connected with health and wellbeing. The programme delves deeply into the impact of play in:

  • promoting positive mental health;
  • facilitating social and emotional development,
  • overcoming struggles and stressful experiences; and
  • building resiliency.

Participants will engage in theoretical learning and experiential creative activities. Assessment is based on demonstration of achievement of the required learning outcomes through activity based tasks. On successful completion of the programme and the required assessments students will receive CTC’s Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills.


This programme is suitable for those who:

  • Have a particular interest in the therapeutic powers of play, and creative interventions, and wish to acquire skills to facilitate children, adolescents, and/or adults to overcome negative influences and circumstances in their lives, and facilitate them in achieving their potential.
  • Wish to further their own knowledge and understanding of what play is; how it supports children’s social and emotional development; and learn more about the influences of the environment on this.
  • Wish to enhance a professional career in working with people in a range of settings.
  • Wish to further their own knowledge and understanding of play, and creative interventions, and associated developmental, educational and therapeutic applications.
  • Would like to upskill to enhance employment prospects and/or job satisfaction and promotion opportunities


This award will  be of interest to a range of healthcare, social care, and education professionals who wish to incorporate the use of play and creativity into their practice with adults, adolescents or children. This includes teachers, childcare workers, playworkers, social workers,  counsellors, psychotherapists, expressive arts therapists, and others working in any area connected with health and wellbeing, whose professional life brings them into regular contact with people, including those considered to be vulnerable and at risk/in crisis.


Course Content

Unit 1 – Professional Practice

Unit 2 – Understanding Play

Unit 3 – Plan for and Support Self-directed Play

Unit 4 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Self-directed play

Unit 5 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Creative Visualization

Unit 6 – Planning and implementing Play Interventions: Interactive Play

Unit 7 – Working with Groups for Personal and Social Development

Unit 8 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Therapeutic Storytelling

Unit 9 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions:  Therapeutic Use of Puppets


Course Fees: €680 (Payment Plans Available)


If you have any queries please email us at ctccourseinfo@gmail.com

Or call our office on Phone 061 – 338767(9:30 – 1:30 Mon – Fri)

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