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.


The Art of Play Therapy: An Experiential Information Session

The Advanced Certificate Program in Play Therapy at Brooklyn College (see below) is partnering with Puppetry in Practice (PiP) to incorporate puppetry, children's theater and the arts in play therapy.

Come learn about experiential learning with play therapy and arts professionals, and the new fast-track one-year option beginning in Summer Session I.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
    Play Therapy Project Room, 1202 James Hall

The Play Therapy Program offers a culturally competent, imagination-based, creative approach to supporting children's emotional well-being, development and learning through the arts and play-based interventions and work with families and communities. We prepare professionals across a broad variety of professions to apply play therapy approaches with diverse populations of children who present with typical development, and with developmental, learning, language or behavioral concerns.

Since 1980, Puppetry in Practice, Inc., has provided thousands of students, teachers and administrators with quality, educational arts programming, performances and events. Throughout the years, PiP has placed dynamic and professional teaching artists into New York City schools to cover a broad range of curriculum topics and areas of study with a hands-on, arts-based approach. PiP continues to evolve in order to meet the current changes in educational standards throughout the state and country in order to continually produce unique, high-quality arts programming.


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.

The program offers a one-year New York State Education Department approved sequence of four courses for a total of 16 credits. 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. It provides background in culturally competent play therapy and develop 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.

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 — SPCL 7946 Historical, Theoretical and Social Foundations of Play Therapy (Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.)
  • Fall 2015 — SPCL 7948 Play Therapy Applications for Special Populations (Tuesday, 7:10 p.m.)
  • Spring 2016 — SPCL 7949 Advanced Seminar in Play Therapy Practice and Supervision (TBA)
  • Summer I June 2016 — SPCL 7947 Play Therapy Methods and Approaches (TBA)

The first class, SPCL 7946, begins on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 6 p.m. To enroll, you will need to apply to the program online if you are not currently attending Brooklyn College or another CUNY campus. If you are currently matriculated at Brooklyn College or another CUNY college, please e-mail Francine Ward or stop by 1107 James Hall to inquire about facilitated application.

Admitted students will receive an e-mail with the registration code and directions on how to register in CUNYfirst. To enroll, you will need to set up your CUNYfirst account.

If you have not already set up your Blackboard account, sign in to the Brooklyn College WebCentral Portal. After logging in, you may set up your account under the "Academics" tab.

If you have any further questions about registration, contact Francine Ward via e-mail or at 718.951.5876.


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