Advanced certificate program in play therapy
HEGIS code 0826.02
NYS SED program code 36488

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Program Heads

Office Hours
Rubinson, Florence Program Coordinate 718.951.5871 1107 James Hall rubinson @ Email for appointments


Admission Requirements

Department School Psychology, Counseling & Leadership
Fall Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Fall
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. Resume/work history.

4. Brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the advanced certificate in play therapy, including your future professional goals.


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


This program is currently not accepting applications.
The Program in Play Therapy provides a culturally competent, imagination-based, creative approach to supporting children's development and learning through environmental design, arts and play-based interventions. Play therapy is an applied approach that draws on the connection between emotional, creative and cognitive growth in childhood. It is applicable to a variety of environments with diverse children who present with typical development or with developmental, learning, linguistic, or behavioral concerns. It is the intervention of choice for children and their families who have experienced life disruptions including divorce, loss, dislocation and migration, illness, or trauma, including abuse, neglect, violence, war and natural disasters.

The Program provides graduate-level training for clinicians and graduate students in creative arts therapy, mental health counseling, school counseling, psychology, school psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, psychoanalysis, medicine/ physician assistant, nursing or other appropriate professions.

Mental health clinicians who complete the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy may apply for the RPT Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials conferred by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Brooklyn College's Play Therapy Project, of which the Advanced Certificate Program in Play Therapy is a key component, has been designated by APT as both an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education and an Approved Provider of Play Therapy Continuing Education.

The Advanced Certificate Program in Play Therapy presents a sequence of four courses for a total of 16 credits, structured sequentially to provide background in play therapy and to develop students' proficiency in the practice and supervision of play therapy with diverse populations. The applied emphasis of the program will strengthen students' clinical skills with children and families and enhance their professional opportunities in a variety of settings.

Matriculation requirements
Candidates should hold a professional license in a related profession or be an advanced student enrolled in a program that leads to certification in a mental health or health related profession.
General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission" of the Graduate Bulletin.

Degree requirements (16 credits)
Sixteen credits of coursework completed with a grade point average of B or better are required for the advanced certificate.
Students must complete all of the following courses:
SPCL 7946: Historical, Theoretical and Social Foundations of Play Therapy
SPCL 7947: Play Therapy Methods and Approaches
SPCL 7948: Play Therapy Applications for Special Populations
SPCL 7949: Advanced Seminar in Play Therapy Practice and Supervision