Play Therapy Certificate
Interim Program Director: Kimberly Freeman, PhD
Cameron Neece, PhD
The Play Therapy Program certificate is housed under the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Behavioral Health. Programs under the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies are considered areas of study that are applicable to all of the behavioral health professions. As such, these programs bring together the collective academic and clinical expertise of all of the departments in the School of Behavioral Health.
Priority in admissions to the Play Therapy Program certificate curriculum is given to students concurrently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in the School of Behavioral Health. These applicants must:
1. Already have been accepted in a master’s or doctoral program in the School of Behavioral Health.
2. Be in good behavioral and academic standing (G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher) in their degree program.
3. Submit an abbreviated application—including a personal statement regarding their interest in play therapy, application fee, and two letters (one from a faculty member and one from their program director or department chair approving their concurrent enrollment in the Play Therapy Program certificate curriculum).
Applicants who are not concurrently enrolled in a degree program in the School of Behavioral Health must:
1. Have a licensable graduate degree from an accredited university or college. (Official transcripts are evidence of degrees and courses completed.)
2. Submit a completed application—including a personal statement, application fee, all college and/or university transcripts, and at least three letters of recommendation (one from an academic source and one from a work supervisor).
3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).
4. If already licensed as a mental health professional, must provide evidence of good standing with the relevant licensing board.
5. Show evidence of personal qualifications and motivation to complete the Play Therapy Program certificate through:
Required Foundation Courses
PLTH 513 Play Therapy I: History, Legal and Ethical Issues (3)
PLTH 514 Play Therapy II: Introduction to General Theories and Practice (3)
PLTH 515 Play Therapy III: Assessment and Diagnosis (3)
PLTH 516 Child-Centered Play Therapy or MFAM 516 (3)
PLTH 517 Sandplay: A Therapeutic Process (3)
REL_ 5__ Graduate-level Religion (3)
Total Foundation Units: 18
Required Advanced Courses
PLTH 547 Play Therapy Approaches for Treating Developmental and Behavioral Disorders (2) or PLTH 548 Child Psychosocial Play Therapy (2) (Choose one)
PLTH 546 Child-Parent Relationship Therapy-CPRT (Filial Therapy) (3)
PLTH 549 Therapeutic Play for Children Affected by Illness and Injury (3)
PLTH 650 Play Therapy with Adolescents (2)
PLTH 700 Practicum in Play Therapy (2)
Total Advanced Units: 12
Total Program Units: 30
Length of Program: 3 academic quarters—based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
Students who are not concurrently enrolled in another degree program are required to take 3 units of religion. Students select the religion course to be taken in consultation with their advisor.
Students concurrently enrolled in a degree program in the School of Behavioral Health need to work with their program to determine if any of the courses in the Play Therapy Program may also count toward program electives. University policies regarding double counting of courses apply.