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Introduction to Theories and Techniques of Play Therapy (PSY-340)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

April 2019 - Present.

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Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this learning experience, students will be able to: compare and contrast essential people, theorists, and organizations that shaped the history of the profession of play therapy; compare and contrast the most widely accepted theoretical models of play therapy; identify developmentally appropriate play therapy toys and materials; identify and differentiate play therapy techniques with children who have been traumatized; examine and discuss play therapy techniques for use with anxiety, ADHD and other mental disorders; define the ethical issues that are unique to play therapy; and examine issues of diversity and how they impact play therapy, from choice of materials to the relationship with the client.


This course introduces students to essential elements and principles of play therapy, including history, modalities, techniques, applications, and skills. Topics include a variety of play therapy theoretical orientations and specific skills, which can be used when working with children and their families using the developmentally appropriate setting of play.  Instructional methods include: Study guide, required readings, and a final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology, Social Science, Counseling, Teacher Education, or General Science (1/20).