2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy

Lesley University's Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy provides focused professional training in therapeutic play modalities for practitioners seeking post-graduate training.

Program Overview

The 9 credit Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy is designed for post Masters professionals in human services, psychology, special education, expressive therapies, social work, nursing and other relevant fields and for graduate students in mental health counseling programs, expressive therapy programs or their equivalents, who seek additional treatment orientated skills. This program has been approved by the National Association for Play Therapy (NAPT). While the certificate is a post-master’s program, students enrolled in a master’s program can take courses towards certification in play therapy.

Lesley University has been one of a small number of recognized play therapy training sites in the country. Play therapy is a therapeutic intervention that encourages children, adults and the elderly to work through unresolved developmental and psychosocial challenges using play as a medium of expression. A theoretical understanding of lifespan development and psychopathology; training in a variety of individual, group and family play therapies; and supervised field experience form the foundation for clinical play therapy practice.

Program of Study

Required Courses

GEXTH 5001Techniques of Play Therapy

3

or

GCOUN 6031Counseling Young Children and Adolescents

3

or

GCOUN 6252Counseling the Young Child and Play Therapy

3

GPSYC 6031 and GPSYC 6252 include play therapy techniques

Elective Courses (6 credits)

NOTE: GEXTH 6033, GCOUN 7201, GCOUN 7004, and GEXTH 8005 are electives approved by the National Association for Play Therapy.

All other electives listed here are not approved by the National Association for Play Therapy, but students are encouraged to explore them in their professional study.

GEXTH 6033Advanced Play Therapy

3

GCOUN 7201Trauma in the Lives of Children and Adolescents and Play Therapy

3

GCOUN 7004Clinical Supervision: Theory and Practice

3

GEXTH 8005Supervision in Expressive Therapies

3

GEXTH 5046Principles and Practices of Writing as a Therapeutic Modality

3

GEXTH 5250Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy

3

GEXTH 6005Storytelling in Therapy

3

GEXTH 6025Expressive Therapies with Families

3

GEXTH 6210Music Therapy With Children

3

GEXTH 6213Music Therapy with Families

3

GEXTH 6254Dance Movement Therapy with Children

3

GEXTH 6300Introduction to Psychodrama

3

GEXTH 6301Drama Therapy and for Children and Adolescents

3

GEXTH 6353Family Art Therapy

3

GEXTH 6364Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents

3

GCOUN 5007Introduction to Family Therapy

3

GCOUN 6026Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan

3

GCOUN 6035Psychological Trauma and Post-Trauma Therapy

3

GCOUN 6102Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

3

GCOUN 6015Group Dynamics for Counselors and Consultants

3

GCOUN 6202Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

3

GCOUN 6208Brief Therapy: Theory and Practice

3

GCOUN 6255Assessments for Counseling and Psychology: Children and Adolescents

3

GPSYC 6026, GPSYC 6202, and GPSYC 6208 cover relevant certification content

GPSYC 6015 is a child-focused section