Summary

Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy

Summary

The Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy consists of a coherent program of play therapy course work. The program is available for students who have completed master’s degrees in counseling, social work or psychology, but who want additional coursework in play therapy.  In addition, students currently enrolled in the master's or doctoral program in the Department of Counseling at UNC Charlotte may take the coursework required for the Graduate Certificate. 

A minimum of twelve credit hours is required for the Graduate Certificate.   All courses must be taken at UNC Charlotte. 

The program is not an online program.  At this time several of the courses have a distance learning component, and both of these classes are taught as a “hybrid” class. This means that while most of the work with be distance learning, there will also be times when the class meet at UNC Charlotte. 

All course work must be completed within four years, and the four years begins at the time of your first course in the Graduate Certificate program.  Please note that if you do not take one course each academic year, you will have to re-apply to the program. 

Students must have a 3.0 average to receive the Graduate Certificate.

How do I apply for the Graduate Certificate?

You must apply online through the UNC Charlotte Graduate School. (Apply Now!)

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When is the application deadline for professionals in the community? 

The deadline for applications can be found at this link: 

http://graduateschool.uncc.edu/future-students/programs?tid=16&tid_1=9&tid_2=38

The course work for the Graduate Certificate begins in either the spring or summer semester.  The final application deadline for spring is January 1, and the final application deadline for summer admission is May 15. 

Please note, however, that you must attend classes during the semester for which you are accepted by the Graduate School.  Because of this, if you are applying after November 5 (for spring admission) or after March 25 summer admission, please email Dr. Post at ppost@uncc.edu to make sure there is space in the class for the semester you intend to take the first class in the Graduate Certificate (Introduction to Play Therapy, CSLG 7142).

For students already enrolled in the Department of Counseling

Currently admitted students in the Department of Counseling may take the coursework for the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy as a part of their M.A. of Ph.D. programs in counseling.  This requires a separate application to the Graduate School.

You are not required to complete all of the classes during your M.A./Ph.D. program.  You may complete any remaining classes after you graduate from the M.A./Ph.D. program. 

Please be aware that:

  • Students MUST be accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy prior to completing their 2nd  class in the Certificate program. 
  • Students MUST be enrolled in both the M.A. (or Ph.D.) programs and the Graduate Certificate for at least one semester.  This means that one may NOT apply for the program during their final semesters in the counseling program (because if you graduate during the semester when you apply, you will not be able to use any courses you took in your program to apply for the Grad Certificate)
  • Students should meet with Dr. Post to ensure that you understand the application process and graduate process. 

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree in counseling, social work, or psychology from an accredited university or a current student admitted to the Department of Counseling
  • Online application to Graduate Admissions accompanied by the application fee in effect.
  • GPA required for entry into a master’s degree program.
  • Official transcripts
  • A statement of purpose as to why the applicant seeks admission to the program

Program Description

A curriculum has been established for a specialty in play therapy.  Students must complete four courses, as follows:

All students are required to take the following three (3) courses:

  • CSLG 71421            Introduction to Play Therapy  (spring or summer)
  • CSLG 71442            Contemporary Theories of Play Therapy (fall)
  • CSLG 7143              Filial Therapy (spring)

Students must select one (1) course from the following courses:

  • CSLG 7145             Special Topics in Play Therapy (e.g., Conference)
  • CSLG 6000             Counseling Adolescents
  • CSLG 6200             Introduction to Theories of Family Counseling (spring)
  • CSLG 7430/35         Practicum or Internship in Counseling (only an option for students who are students in the Department of Counseling)

1 CSLG 7142 is a pre-requisite for all of the courses except CSLG 6200.

Course Descriptions

CSLG 7142*  Introduction to Play Therapy. (3)  This course is required for all students and it is a pre-requisite for the other play therapy classes.  The focus of the course is enhancing the counseling relationship with children by using play media to establish facilitative relationships with children under the age of ten years. This course has a clinical component of conducing play sessions with young children as a part of course requirements.

CSLG 7143  Filial Therapy.  (3)  Prerequisite: CSLG 7142. This advanced level play therapy course focuses on concepts and skills for training parents/teachers to be therapeutic agents in children’s lives through the utilization of child centered play therapy skills in regularly scheduled structured play sessions with children.  This course has a clinical component of conducing filial sessions with parents or teachers as a part of course requirements.

CSLG 7144  Contemporary Theories of Play Therapy. (3)   Prerequisite: CSLG 7142. An advanced exploration of fundamental issues involved in play therapy, this seminar course will focus on an in-depth study of various theoretical approaches, modalities, techniques, and applications of play therapy. Historical and theoretical foundations of play therapy are presented as are current issues in providing appropriate counseling services to children aged three to ten years old. This course has a clinical component of conducing play sessions with young children as a part of course requirements.

CSLG 7145  Special Topics in Play Therapy. (3)    Prerequisite: CSLG 7142.  This special topics course will focus on a variety of topics in play therapy such as group play therapy, diversity issues in play therapy, supervision in play therapy, and using creative arts in play therapy.  The course may offer alternative formats, such as week-end sessions and distance learning options. 

CSGL 6200  Introduction to Theories of Family Counseling. (3)   Examination of appropriate interventions in working with families focusing on major theorists and techniques in the field.

CSLG 7430  Counseling Practicum or Internship. (3)   This course is only an option for students who are currently enrolled in the Department of Counseling with the approval of the Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy.  For this course to count towards the Graduate Certificate the following conditions must be met:

  • The course must be taught by an instructor approved by the Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy.
  • Students must be able to videotape play sessions for supervision purposes.
  • Students must have 40 documented play therapy sessions.
  • The course instructor must complete a form indicating that the conditions above were met.

*Please note that Introduction to Play Therapy (CLSG 7142) is a pre-requisite for all courses except Introduction to Theories of Family Counseling (CSLG 6200) which may be taken concurrently or prior to Introduction to Play Therapy.

Four (4) Semester Sample Sequence of Courses:

Begin spring semester:

 

 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Spring

CSLG 7142 (required)

CSLG 7143 (required)

Summer

Elective

 

Fall

CSLG 7144  (required)

 

 

Begin summer semester:

 

 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Summer

CSLG 7142 (required)

Elective

Fall

CSLG 7144  (required)

 

Spring

CSLG 7143 (required)

 

 

The University Catalog, application forms and materials can be obtained from:

The Graduate School
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
704-687-5503
704-687-3279 (Fax)

Graduate School Website

University Catalog and current Schedule of Courses are available online.

Forms required for completing the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy:

To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy, you must complete the following forms:  Application for Candidacy and Application for Degree (online form). 

These forms (and the process for completing them) can be found at the Graduate School Website.

 

The Application for Candidacy form requires the signature of the Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy, and the submissions deadlines for filing these forms are very early in the semester you plan to graduate. 

For more information contact:

Dr. Phyllis Post
Department of Counseling
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
704-687-8961

ppost@uncc.edu