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Play Therapy (Grad. Cert.)

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Graduate Certificate (Grad. Cert.)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 months
15 credits
Start term
Experiential learning

Program overview

The Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy trains students to intervene therapeutically with children by using a comprehensive multimodal approach. It is unique in that the program offers a practical and hands-on approach to the profession of play therapy. Students work directly with children during their training, participating in supervised play therapy practice sessions. Many programs offer only one or two courses to prepare clinicians to work with children. Those working in the field with children who have experienced complex psychosocial issues often feel overwhelmed and ill-prepared for the reality of the work. This Graduate Certificate was created to address this need and to provide professionals and students with five core courses that offer concrete, evidence-based, foundational hands-on training in play therapy.

This graduate certificate is suitable for professionals working in related fields such as psychology, social work, education and creative arts therapists seeking to increase their skill level and to develop new skills through continuing education. Courses are taught in one-week intensives (one course per week) running from May to June. Students spend four days in class and Friday is spent as a reflection day or reading day.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits.

Please see the Creative Arts Therapies Courses page for course descriptions.

Play Therapy Graduate Certificate (15 credits)


credits of Core Courses

PLTH 501 Play Therapy 1 Introduction to Play Therapy (3.00)
PLTH 502 Play Therapy 2 Cognitive Behavioural Child-Centered Play Therapy (3.00)
PLTH 503 Play Therapy 3 Child-Centered Group Play Therapy (3.00)
PLTH 504 Play Therapy 4 Relational Play Therapy and Filial Play Therapy (3.00)
PLTH 505 Play Therapy 5 Neurobiology and Attachment in Play Therapy (3.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Youth Work, Child Studies, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Teaching and other related fields in the provision of mental health or educational services, or equivalent.
  • Applicants lacking a relevant undergraduate degree but able to demonstrate evidence of a professional background, including experience working with children in emotional distress within health, social or educational services may be considered for admission on a case by case basis.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines






December 15

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $1,000 in special funding for graduate certificate programs. Learn more

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