Certificate in Play Therapy

APU offers multiple programs for individuals who want to help children, including the M.S. in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Children and Adolescents and the Play Therapy Certificate.

9 units 

To earn this certificate, you must complete 9 semester units (minimum of 150 hours of coursework) over a two-year period to meet the Association for Play Therapy’s instructional-hours requirement toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) or Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S).

To be eligible for registration as an RPT, students must complete the certificate program and be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate clinical degree program that enables graduates to be eligible for licensure.

Students who complete the coursework without an appropriate graduate clinical degree can still obtain the certificate from APU, but will not be eligible for registration as an RPT with the Association for Play Therapy. 

Choose three of the following:9
Play Therapy: History, Theories, and Interventions
Jungian Therapy and Sandplay
Play and Play Therapy Across the Lifespan
Gestalt Play Therapy and Interventions
Play Therapy with Special Populations
Play Therapy with Bereaved Children and Families
Total Units9