Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills

The lives of children in the present day are highly regulated and controlled. Non-directive play therapy offers a child the opportunity of making choices and taking responsibility for them; expressing him/herself freely; being accepted unconditionally; having his/her deepest feelings respected and accepted. For these reasons their play is not interpreted and no judgments are made. Such freedoms may only be obtained by the provision of a strong framework. Therefore the adult takes responsibility for the safety of the child, themselves and the environment. Within these constraints, the child has complete freedom to choose.

Time boundaries are also considered to be important thus adding a sense of security by adhering to beginnings and ends. In this way the time within a session becomes timeless and the child’s imagination is set free to explore and recreate his/her experiences and to create and make his/her own world. There are, however, a number of cases where the non-directive needs to be complemented by other approaches. For example working with terminally ill, bereaved, autistic children in organisational settings and short term work. The main items in the Play Therapy Tool-Kit are taught and put into practice. Awarded by the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy, UK. (APAC) which leads to an International Certification as a Certified Play Therapist by Play Therapy International (PTI).



The overall purpose is to enable participants to practice safely and effectively using therapeutic play skills in a variety of settings to provide emotional support to individual children for slight to moderate problems. Upon successful completion of the course each participant will have gained:
  • A sound understanding of the principles underlying play therapy and the appropriate use of techniques the play therapy tool-kit
  • Practical skills for running therapeutic play sessions with individual children
  • An ability to assess children's needs and organise the provision of therapeutic play facilities
  • An appreciation of the ethical issues
  • Increased confidence in using therapeutic play with children and adolescents
  • The counselling, therapeutic and practical skills to enable you to carry out therapeutic play
  • An understanding of the ethical considerations
  • Awareness of your own process and development

Theoretical Knowledge of child development and child psychology.



15 Days

Programme Structure

The Post Graduate Certificate of Therapeutic Play Skills (PGDCTPS) is the first stage of the Masters (MA) in Practise Based Play Therapy which consists of a 15-day programme with 120 contact lecture hours. Upon completion, it leads to the Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Play Skills (PGDTPS) which accredits and recognizes you as a Certified Play Therapist internationally.

Assessment Method

To complete the programme, the candidate must fulfil the following:
• Application of Principles of Neuroscience
• Integration of Therapeutic Interventions, E.g., Therapeutic Story Writing, the Use of Sand Tray Work, and Creative Visualisation
• Examine and Apply Safety Procedures
• Understanding and Contributing to Play Therapy Research, A presentation of a 4000-word case study;
• Satisfactory completion of a Process Diary;
• Continuous evaluation of course work contributions and ability to work with group dynamics;
• 3 assignments emerging from practice and 1 book reviews;
• 100 clinical hours working with children;
• One hour of clinical supervision for every 6 hours of clinical work; AND
• Demonstration of the theory taught in relation to child development and the use of therapeutic play techniques, assessment and child protection.

Entry Requirement

Entry qualifications :  Therapeutic Play Skills course as follows:

A Bachelor degree in a related subject area such as psychology, education, childhood studies, social work.

Candidates with a non-related degree will need minimum 3-4 years experience working with children + Child Psychology & Counselling subject. 


Next Commencement Date

June 2024

Contact Hours

15 Days Total (3 Days per Block x 5)

9:00am - 5:00pm (8 Hours)

Total Payable

Block 1: 1st June 2024 | 2nd June 2024 | 8th June 2024

Block 2: 20th July 2024 | 21st July 2024 | 27th July 2024

Block 3: 10th Aug 2024 | 11th Aug 2024 | 12th Aug 2024

Block 4: 23rd November 2024 | 24th November 2024

Block 5: 30th Nov 2024 | 1st Dec 2024 | 7th Dec 2024 | 8th Dec 2024


Payment Details

Registration Fee

Registration & PT UK Membership Fee RM600.00 *Non Refundable Fee.

Course Fee


Total Payable



Option 1:
Full Payment.
(RM15,800 Cash/Bank)


Payment Options

Option 2:
In-House Installment


Option 3:
CIMB Credit Card 0% interest - 12 months installment

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Our Modules

Introduction to Play Therapy

• Introduction to Play Therapy Principles
• Setting up a Play Therapy Session
• Development of Practice within an Integrative Holistic Model
• Types of Therapy Skills, E.g., Sand, Music, and Art Therapy Skills

The Introduction to the Use of Different Modalities

• Child Development and Attachment Theory
• The Use of Clay, Movement, and Puppets to work therapeutically with children
• Appraise Therapeutic Interventions
• Child Protection Procedures
• Assessment and Practice
• Ethical Issues

Additions of other Play Therapy 'Tools' and Related Theories

• Application of Principles of Neuroscience
• Integration of Therapeutic Interventions, E.g., Therapeutic Story Writing, the Use of Sand Tray Work, and Creative Visualisation
• Examine and Apply Safety Procedures
• Understanding and Contributing to Play Therapy Research

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