Diploma in Person-Centred Play Therapy
The Diploma in Person-Centred Play Therapy is a two year part-time programme created and designed by Child in Mind Ltd. Students on the programme will receive a quality clinical training that is designed to meet clear, robust and independent play therapy competences in addition to the core competences required for Counselling and Psychotherapy training.
The programme utilises a predominantly experiential approach to help you gain the theoretical knowledge, experience and clinical skills required to qualify and work as a confident and highly effective professional play therapist. You will develop comprehensive expertise as a practitioner to intervene and help children and adolescents in times of psychological distress.
On successful completion of the course graduates of the programme will be eligible for Individual Membership, as a psychotherapist, with BACP and will begin practice as a fully qualified play therapist.
"This new initiative in professional Play Therapy training is both needed and timely. I give it my full support and endorsement with warmth and playfulness"
Professor Sue Jennings PhD
Senior Consultant in Neuro-Dramatic-Play
Play Therapist and Dramatherapist
Storyteller and Explorer
Person-centred play therapy is a developmentally sensitive form of psychotherapy specifically suited to children as it enables them to communicate through their primary medium of expression – play! Children often have difficulty trying to say in words both what they feel and how experiences have affected them. However, play therapy is not a silent therapy, the person-centred play therapist uses their skills to work with both the creative and verbal expression of the child. The therapeutic relationship that develops between child and therapist facilitates the child's ability to explore and express not only their thoughts and feelings but also their perception of relationships and life experiences. The child’s inner resources are enabled, through the process of person-centred play therapy, to bring about positive change.
The information detailed on the above pages is intended to give you a fuller picture of the Diploma in Person-Centred Play Therapy, however should you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact the Programme Leader:
0161 279 8430
Frequently Asked Questions
Whilst we have tried to cover most of the information you may need, we appreciate you may still have further questions. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions which you can be accessed by clicking on the FAQ symbol. However after reading the FAQs if you still have a question that is perhaps more specific to you do please get in touch.
Ready to Apply?
If you have read all of the information on the related pages, and feel ready to apply for a place on the 2019 Diploma in Person-Centred Play Therapy, you can download an application form by clicking on the 'apply now' symbol to the right. Completed applications should be submitted by email to:
There is a non-refundable application fee of £75 payable on submission of your completed application form. You can pay your application fee by clicking on the pay now symbol to the right.
Should you change your mind within seven days of submitting your application, your application fee will be refunded in full.
We will not begin to process your application until after this seven day period.
Course Payment Options
We recognise that the Diploma in Person-Centred Play Therapy is a financial investment in your future that, for some students, can be a difficult one to manage. We have various payment options available to successful applicants:
Option 1: Card payment. Child in Mind accept all major credit/debit cards. There is a 3% charge for this service.
Option 2: Monthly payment scheme. Payments can be spread over 9, 12 or 18 months. There is a 3% charge for this service. Payments can be cancelled by contacting the office by email.
Option 3: Professional and Career Development Loan. Unfortunately the government is closing this service from January 2019.