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, medical and mental health centers and hospitals.

Advanced Certificate Program in Play Therapy

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 Advanced Certificate Program in Play Therapy 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