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.

Scheduling Options for Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy Program

The Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy Program is currently accepting applications for the spring 2015 semester. Applicants beginning in spring 2015 will follow the sequence below:

  • Spring 2015: SPCL 7947 — Play Therapy Methods and Approaches
  • Summer I, June 2015: SPCL7946 — Historical, Theoretical and Social Foundations of Play Therapy
  • Fall 2015: SPCL 7948 — Play Therapy Applications for Special Populations
  • Spring 2016: SPCL 7949 — Advanced Seminar in Play Therapy Practice and Supervision

In summer 2016 we will begin a new one-year, part-time scheduling format. The Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy Program – Fast Track – is a one-year program designed to enrich the work of clinical practitioners and professionals in various disciplines by introducing them to play therapy principles, theories and applied techniques. You can expect to enhance your applied professional practice and develop more effective ways of interacting with children and families. Classes emphasize experiential process and applied practice, and focus on case material and seminar discussion of relevant readings. The sequence follows:

  • Summer I, June 2015: SPCL7946 — Historical, Theoretical and Social Foundations of Play Therapy
  • Fall 2015: SPCL 7947 — Play Therapy Methods and Approaches
  • Spring 2016: SPCL 7948 — Play Therapy Applications for Special Populations
  • Summer I, June 2016: SPCL 7949 — Advanced Seminar in Play Therapy Practice and Supervision

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 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.

Contact

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