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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Theories and Techniques of Play Therapy (PSY-340)

Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

Varies (self study, self-paced).

Dates: 

December 2019 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
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.

Instruction: 

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).

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