Play Therapy Project

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. The Play Therapy Project 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 the intervention of choice for children and their families who have experienced such life disruptions as divorce, loss, dislocation and migration, illness, or who may have been exposed to a variety of traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect, violence, war and natural disasters.

Brooklyn College's Play Therapy Project is designated by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) as both an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education and an Approved Provider of Play Therapy Continuing Education. The project provides professional development programs and workshops for individuals who work in a variety of community settings with children, youth and their families, including schools, community-based organizations and agencies, and medical and mental health centers and hospitals.


Tuesday APRIL 21 4-6PM  242LIBRARY


Announcement: One Year Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy Program

The Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy Program is currently accepting applications for Summer Session I beginning May 27, 2015.

NEW: Partnership with Brooklyn College’s Puppetry-in-Practice Workshop.  Learn to incorporate puppetry, children’s theater and the arts in play therapy.

The Program offers a one-year NYS Education Department approved sequence of four courses for a total of 16 credits that provide background in play therapy and to develop proficiency in the practice and supervision of play therapy with diverse populations. 

The first in the sequence of courses begins this June, Summer Session I. The revised schedule for the Play Therapy Program follows.

Summer I June 2015:             SPCL7946 Historical, Theoretical and Social Foundations of Play Therapy [M&W 6:00PM]

Fall 2015:                                SPCL 7948: Play Therapy Applications for Special Populations SPCL [Tuesday 7:10]

Spring 2016:                           SPCL 7949: Advanced Seminar in Play Therapy Practice and Supervision [TBA]

Summer I June 2016              7947 Play Therapy Methods and Approaches[TBA]

The first class, SPCL 7946, begins on Wed. 5/27/15 at 6:00 PM Room TBA. To enroll  you’ll need to apply to the program online if you are not currently attending Brooklyn College or other CUNY campus. If you are currently matriculated at Brooklyn College or other CUNY campus please contact Ms. Francine Ward at or stop by 1107 James Hall to inquire about facilitated application.

For admitted students, you will receive an email with the registration code and directions on how to register in CUNYfirst. To enroll you’ll need to claim your CUNYFirst account. The link below will navigate to the CUNYfirst home page where you can set up your account.

If you have not already set up your Blackboard account, please click on the link below to the BC Webcentral Portal. From there you can log-in and set up your Blackboard account under the “academics” tab.

Any further questions about registration, please be in touch with Ms. Francine Ward  718.951.5876

Advanced Certificate Program in Play Therapy

New: Trauma and working with vulnerable families:  Recognizing and Responding. Presentation: Brooklyn College, 3/12/15; Cristin Mathiez Cristin Mathiez, LCSW-R,  Deputy Director of the Victim Services Unit of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office

The Play Therapy Project offers an Advanced Certificate Program in Play Therapy. This 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.

The program presents a comprehensive sequence of four courses for a total of 16 credits, structured to provide background in culturally competent play therapy and to develop students' proficiency in the practice and supervision of play therapy with diverse populations. The applied clinical emphasis of the program is designed to strengthen candidates' clinical skills.

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.


Professor Carol Korn-Bursztyn
Department of School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership
Brooklyn College and Ph.D. Program in Urban Education
CUNY Graduate Center
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
P: 718.951.5000, ext. 5876