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Play Therapy Course Descriptions

Play Therapy Theories & Practices

This 50+ clock hour course provides an overview of the essential elements and principles of play therapy, including history, theories, techniques, applications, and skills. Students will be able to apply information toward creating a developmentally appropriate play therapy room with proper materials. The course is highly experiential with a strong focus on basic play therapy skill development within the context of ethical and diversity-sensitive practice.

Schedule: Spring semester, Fridays, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: Graduate coursework successfully completed in Counseling Theories, Counseling Skills, and Human/Child Development

Play Therapy Service Learning Lab

Pending Final Approval - This service learning experience takes place at a Volusia County Head Start preschool location and is taken concurrently with Play Therapy Theories & Practices. During the weekly lab, each student provides an individual play therapy session for his/her assigned client under live supervision. Students receive immediate feedback regarding strengths and areas for continued growth and additionally benefit from observing supervisors' and peers' sessions. The hours of play therapy service and supervision can be applied toward the requirements for the Registered Play Therapist credential.

Schedule: Spring semester, one morning per week for 9 weeks, February - April 

Play Therapy with Families & Special Populations

This course continues to build upon basic play therapy skill development. It focuses on the case conceptualization and application of play therapy theories and techniques to families, groups, and individual children belonging to special client populations. Topics of special focus will include treatment of trauma, grief, abuse, and autism spectrum disorders. The course contains an experiential component focused on the demonstration of skill development within the context of diversity-sensitive practice.

Schedule: Summer semester, 6 Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Prerequisite: Play Therapy Theories & Practices

Play Therapy & Expressive Arts Techniques

This course also builds upon basic play therapy skill development and then focuses on the application of expressive arts techniques when counseling children, adolescents, and families. Through an experiential format, students will learn to facilitate and process interventions utilizing expressive mediums such as clay, painting, drawing, movement, music, and sand tray.

Schedule: Summer semester, 5 full days (Fri, Sat, Sun, Fri, Sat), 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Prerequisite: Play Therapy Theories & Practices