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Play Therapy Australasia

This play therapy training programme has been clinically accredited by PTUK and PTI.   The programme at Masters level is validated as part of the MA in Practice Based Play Therapy programme run in partnership with APAC in the UK.

The course is designed for Play Therapists, or those with an equivalent qualification, wishing to receive the academic MA in Practised Based Play Therapy award by means of a dissertation.

Arrangements will be made for the course to be delivered in Australia. Normally participants are required to have successfully completed the Diploma in Play Therapy.

Phone either Monika Jephcott on 0044 1825 761143  or email: mokijep@majemail.com

  • Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Primary School Teachers/Assistants
  • Paediatricians
  • Nursery School Teachers/Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Play School Teachers/Assistants
  • Care Home Staff
  • Adoption/Foster Agency Workers
  • Nurses
This course is the third part of a programme leading to an MA in Practice Based Play Therapy by dissertation. The course is at stage 3 of the PTI four stage training model

Designed for Synopsis Dissertation Course Structure
Learning Methods Duration Award Venues
Faculty Course Provider Fees Dates

Synopsis A bridge from tutor-led to student-led study starts in module 6 of the Diploma course with an introduction to research methods. During the modules of the Diploma course students are required to apply these methods to simple projects and assignments.  In the MA course participants are helped to choose and supported in the preparation of their dissertation as well as learning about specialised play therapy topics in more depth.

Dissertation

The Dissertation takes the form of a final professional paper of approximately 12,000 words. Students are required to develop a clinical philosophy based upon an integrative approach using both non-directive and directive perspectives. This is to be related to an understanding and implementation of preferred therapeutic models. Students are required to apply this clinical philosophy to a specific aspect of working therapeutically with children. Original research may be either qualitative or quantitative in nature. Students have up to 2 years to complete their dissertation.

  • in addition students will be expected to present and submit dissertations in accordance with accepted conventions of academic writing and in accordance with the requirements set out in the University's published Dissertation Guidelines
  • the Dissertation must be of publishable quality in terms of written accuracy
  • Course Structure  The Dissertation course has six days of teaching in two 3-day modules at weekends covering:

  • Research Methods
  • Measuring Clinical Outcomes; the use of the DSM
  • Practitioner Research Considerations
  • Selection of the dissertation topic for approval
  • Additional theory
    The course also includes 3 individual and 1 group supervisions per year to provide guidance upon the topic. Specialist optional advanced 3 day modules will be available for further support in the chosen subject areas.
  • Learning Methods The course will assist students to show evidence of their ability to engage in independent study by fulfilling the following criteria:

    Grounding in current research - the ability to:
  • make precise links with existing known studies or other relevant literature
  • critically summarise key debates in the chosen field

  • Methodological issues - the ability to:
  • identify an area worthy of investigation
  • analyse the problems arising from the issue
  • offer a critical commentary on the chosen methodology
  • the ability to offer a critical commentary on their role as practitioner- researcher or on other appropriate research roles
  • discuss the origins of the issue;
  • the ability to justify the strategies and techniques employed

  • Analysis - the ability to:
  • find ways of teasing out findings
  • show an understanding of the differing viewpoints of those involved
  • analyse evidence from different sources and relate it to the findings
  • consider alternative interpretations of events and evidence
  • develop new analyses and insights from documentary sources (particularly in library research)

  • Discussion and implications - the ability to:
  • demonstrate how changes necessitated by the findings might be presented to interested audiences particularly in practitioner research
  • synthesise from the evidence and speculate upon the implications of the findings.

  • Presentation
  • in addition students will be expected to present and submit dissertations in accordance with accepted conventions of academic writing and in accordance with the requirements set out in the University's published Dissertation Guidelines
  • the Dissertation must be of publishable quality in terms of written accuracy


  • Duration The Dissertation may be written over a period of up to 2 years. The course has six days of teaching in two 3-day modules at weekends covering:

  • Research Methods
  • Measuring Clinical Outcomes; the use of the DSM
  • Practitioner Research Considerations
  • Selection of the dissertation topic for approval
  • Additional theory

  • The course also includes 3 individual and 1 group supervisions to provide guidance upon the topic (per year). Specialist optional advanced 3 day modules will be available for further support in the chosen subject areas
    Award

    The successful completion of the dissertation carries 60 'M' points. Students successfully completing all three parts of the programme (Certificate in Therapeutic Play, Diploma in Play Therapy and the MA by dissertation) will be awarded a total of 180 'M' points.
    Venue To Be Announced
    Faculty / Facilitators Selected from APAC's faculty of 12 specialist play therapy and creative arts facilitators.
    Provider APAC
    Fees On application
    Dates TBA

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