Our QQI Certified courses
We offer QQI validated courses at level 6 (Therapeutic Play Skills), level 8 (Principles of Art Therapy) and level 9 (MA Creative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy). Our QQI certified courses provide recognised academic awards and equip participants with advanced professional skills and qualifications. Courses are suitable for a range of professionals including teachers, child care workers and social workers, so that they can provide therapeutic play experiences within their current professional role or move into a new career as a child and adolescent psychotherapist.
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.
Therapeutic Play Skills is a Level 6 Minor Award (6N4705) offered on a part-time, blended learning basis. It is an experientially based learning programme which will equip participants to plan, deliver and evaluate both group and individual play based interventions. Participants will engage in creative activities that will enhance personal development, develop insight and awareness, and contribute to understanding, and meeting, the needs of all children including those living in adverse circumstances. Directive and non-directive therapeutic approaches will be addressed. This course will be available at various locations around the country. On completion of the programme and the attainment of 15 credits the learner will be awarded a Level 6 component certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills. This can be used as a component of the Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (6M2007) or other Major Awards.
This programme runs at a variety of locations (Donegal, Kerry, Limerick, Mullingar, Mountmellick, Galway, Lexlip and Claremorris) around Ireland and can be run specifically for interested groups or agencies. Online Component: Each learner will also have access to the online component of this course for a three month period.
Applications are accepted by letter/email giving details of the applicants name, address, email and phone numbers, educational background, current employment, and reasons for wishing to complete the course. Email email@example.com . Phone: 086 1962501
- Have a particular interest in the therapeutic powers of play and wish to acquire skills to facilitate children and young people to overcome negative influences and circumstances in their lives.
- Wish to attain a recognized qualification and embark on, or enhance, a professional career in working with children in a range of settings.
- Wish to further their own knowledge and understanding of play and its developmental, educational and therapeutic applications.
- Would like to upskill to enhance employment prospects and/or job satisfaction and promotion opportunities
This award will also be of interest to holders of the Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education and to others including teachers, therapists, social workers etc whose professional life brings them into regular contact with at-risk children and children in crisis
To access this programme learners should have reached the standards of knowledge, skills and competence associated with level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This may have been achieved through a formal qualification or through relevant life and work experiences.
The aim of this programme is to:
- Equip participants with skills to plan and deliver, individual and group, developmentally appropriate play interventions with children and young people;
- Enable learners to focus on meeting children’s specific needs and facilitate therapeutic interventions in the context of their holistic development using play;
- Enable participants to use play as a therapeutic and developmental medium in a wide range of settings including educational/learning, residential and day care, recreational and hospital;
- Equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to use play and its developmental, educational and therapeutic applications.
Unit 1 – Play, Child Development, and Service Provision
Unit 2 – Plan for and Support Self-directed Play
Unit 3 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Non Directive Play Skills
Unit 4 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Therapeutic Storytelling
Unit 5 – Planning and implementing Play Interventions: Creative Visualization
Unit 6 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Interactive Play
Unit 7 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Therapeutic Use of Puppets
Unit 8 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Medical Play
Unit 9 – Working with Groups for Personal and Social Development
Unit 10 – Professional Practice
On completion of the programme and the attainment of 15 credits the learner will be awarded a Level 6 component certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills. This can be used as a component of the Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (6M2007) or other suitable Major Awards.
Cost: €680 (Payment plan options available on request)
Overview of Assignments:
- Project (Practical) 40%: Plan, facilitate and record 1 groupwork and 2 individual play sessions
- Written Assignment 30%: Write a well presented paper (1500 words) in relation to the planning and execution of the 3 creative play sessions presented in portfolio above
- Skills Demonstration 30%: Complete 3 tasks during modules (demonstrate play facilitation skills, lead a group game, make a puppet)
Further Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone: 086 1962501
The aim of the validated course is to develop an understanding of the main principles of Art Therapy and enhance personal and professional development through an experiential, creative process. For many this introduction may be a step towards training as a qualified Art Therapist, for others it may serve as CPD to enhance therapeutic skills or develop a more sympathetic understanding of the role of art and creativity in therapy, rehabilitation and development work. Each weekend students will participate in experiential workshops with qualified arts therapists. A variety of approaches to the process of Art Therapy will be introduced through workshops, lectures and seminars. The award is a 10 credit, Level 8 Certificate (note many other introductory courses do not have this important validation!). The course runs one weekend (Friday night and full day Saturday) per month for 8 months.
Crawford College of Art & Design Award delivered by CTC
Dublin based course starting again in January 2021
The Principles of Art Therapy Certificate (formerly Art Therapy Foundation Course) is a QQI Level 8 (10 credit) certificate comprising of two 5 credit assessed modules. This course provides an opportunity to explore Art Therapy within a group setting. Each weekend students will participate in experiential workshops with qualified arts therapists. A variety of approaches to the process of Art Therapy will be introduced through workshops, lectures and seminars.
For many this certificate course may be a step towards training as a qualified Art Therapist or Play Therapist; for others it may contribute to continuing professional development and serve to enhance understanding of the role of the arts in rehabilitation and development work.
• During the course each weekend is themed around a key principle of the art therapy process. Lectures will be explore how the process can work in a range of contexts, and with clients of various ages, from Psychiatry, Probation, Palliative Care, Education, to Learning Disabilities. Topics vary from year to year.
• Experiential workshops, facilitated by qualified, registered arts therapists, will provide participants with experience of a range of different approaches to facilitating a group; directive, theme-based, non-directive, etc.
• Seminars offer opportunities to ask questions and discuss ideas with visiting and course tutors.
• Participants are required to complete a couple of written assignments and keep a personal journal throughout the course.
• A QQI level 8 Principles of Art Therapy Certificate (Special Purpose Award) is awarded on completion of the course.
The experiential nature of this course can be emotionally and psychologically challenging. The candidate’s previous life experiences will be explored at interview with this in mind. Applicants should be aware of this. Any concerns can be addressed at interview.
Provisional Course dates:
The course runs over 8 weekends between Jan and June 2020, Friday night from 7.15 – 9pm, and Saturday from 9.30 – 5.15. Please note that dates are still provisional.
15th – 16th Jan 2021
6th – 5th Feb 2021
26th – 27th Feb 2021
19th – 21st March 2021
16th – 17th April 2021
14th – 15th May 2021
4th – 5th June 2021
19th June 2021
Friday 7.15pm – 9pm: Lecture
Saturday 9.30 – 12.00: Experiential Workshop 1
12.00 – 1pm: Lunch
1pm – 3.30pm: Experiential Workshop 2
3.30 – 4pm: Tidy up and Tea/Coffee Break
4pm – 5.15pm: Seminar, Feedback, Reflections
The cost is €1450 including registration and exam fees.
MACRO Community Resource Centre, 1 Green St, Dublin 7
Car Parking available in Dublin City Council’s Car Park in Mary’s Lane or Parnell Street Car Park or on-street parking on North King Street. Luas from Jervis St or Four Courts (5 mins). Buses to Manor St and Bolton St.
It is recommended that applicants have a level 7 award, or prior experience in community education, art, health or social sector work (including counselling and/or psychotherapy). Those with no formal qualifications or art experience will also be considered
Phone 086 1962501 (Siobhán)