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Play Therapy Certificate

Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to expressive therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children. Therapists strategically use play to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words, and play is the child’s language.

The certificate program satisfies the instructional requirement of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), as well as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S). UC San Diego Extension is approved by the APT to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (provider no. 98-046). Details about requirements and applications for the designations may be obtained from the Association for Play Therapy.

Before enrolling, please request additional information: unexhealthcare@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-9262.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Treatment Planning Series
Toys and Their Uses
PSY-40156
.5
      L
Play Diagnosis and Assessment: Play Assessment of Ego Functions and Object Relations
PSY-40218
.5
L     L
The Therapeutic Powers of Play
PSY-40219
.5
L      
Legal and Ethical Issues in Child Treatment with Emphasis on Play Therapy and Assessment
PSY-40158
.5
  L    
History of Play Therapy
PSY-40391
.5
    L  
Clinicians Toolbox Series
Child-Centered Play Therapy
PSY-40235
.5
L      
Child-Parent Relationship Therapy-CPRT (Filial Therapy)
PSY-40337
.5
L      
Introduction to Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
PSY-40328
.5
  L    
Developmental Play Therapy
PSY-40336
.5
  L    
Structured Play Therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy, Pre-Set Play, Introduction of Resolutions
PSY-40238
.5
  L L  
Gestalt Play Therapy, Role-play, and Psychodrama
PSY-40239
.5
    L L
Sandplay: A Therapeutic Process
PSY-40240
.5
    L L
Experiential Play Therapy
PSY-40303
.5
      L
Play Therapy to Reduce Identification with the Aggressor & Supervision and Instruction of Play Therapy
PSY-40333
.5
L     L
Psychoanalytic Play Therapy
PSY-40237
.5
L     L
Play Therapy with Special Populations
Play Therapy to Increase Children's Emotional and Behavioral Regulation
PSY-40284
.5
L      
Play Therapy for Attachment Disorders
PSY-40322
.5
L L    
Families Fighting and Changing: Play Therapy with Children of Divorce and Remarriage
PSY-40226
.5
L      
Play Therapy for Children Affected by Illness and Injury
PSY-40386
.5
  L    
Uses of Play with Learning Disabilities and Developmental Delay
PSY-40168
.5
    L  
Play Therapy to Help Children Cope with Grief and Loss
PSY-40382
.5
  L    
Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and Assessment of Abused Children and Adolescents
PSY-40234
1
    L  
Play Therapy with Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
PSY-40167
.5
      L
Play Therapy Across Cultural and Ethnic Groups
PSY-40171
.5
      L
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 100611 Add to Cart
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences, (858) 534-9262
E-mail: unexhealthcare@ucsd.edu

Certificate Guidelines

To earn the certificate you must complete 11 quarter units (min. 150 hours of coursework). More than 13 units and 171 instructional hours are offered during a complete program cycle from which you select courses that fit your schedule. All coursework meet the Association for Play Therapy's instructional-hours requirement toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) or Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S).

Industry Requirements

RPT and RPT-S designations: The program satisfies the Association for Play Therapy's 150 instructional-hours requirement to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) or Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S). Courses are also individually approved for hours toward the 150-hour requirement.

UC San Diego Extension maintains responsibility for the certificate program. See APT's website: http://www.a4pt.org for additional requirements pertaining to registration.