Play Therapy Project

The Play Therapy Project at Brooklyn College draws upon the arts and expressive media, and emphasizes the cultural contexts of play therapy with children and families. It features an Advanced Certificate Program in Play Therapy, offering 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 and other relevant professions. The Play Therapy Project also provides professional development and continuing education workshops in culturally competent play therapy, and workshops tailored to the needs of community providers in schools, community-based organizations and agencies, mental health centers and hospitals.

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 such as divorce, loss, dislocation and migration, illness, or trauma, including abuse, neglect, violence, war and natural disasters.

The Play Therapy Project at Brooklyn College 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. 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 APT.

Advanced Certificate Program in Play Therapy

The Certificate Program 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.

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Professor Carol Korn-Bursztyn
Professor, 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