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Graduate Diploma of Play Therapy

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
1GD023
1GD523
External Studies
1GD023
1GD523
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
International
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

TPLAT1

Award
Graduate Diploma of Play Therapy
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine
Society and Welfare Studies

During this course, you will learn about play therapy - a suite of approaches and techniques that you can apply in all settings and cultures to enhance the wellbeing of other people. Unlike most other approaches, play therapy has been scientifically demonstrated to help even individuals whose language skills are limited, including children or adolescents with developmental delays.     

After completing the course, you will be able to apply play therapy in diverse settings, from schools to remote communities. You can utilise these approaches to help all children, including children who demonstrate behavioural problems, distress, trauma, language difficulties, and other challenges.  Furthermore, you will also develop the capacity to help parents and teachers apply many of these approaches and techniques to improve the wellbeing and behaviour of their own children.

Professional recognition

Completion of the course will enable students to apply for membership of the Australian Play Therapists Association and the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of a recognised Bachelor degree or equivalent in the fields of education, medicine, nursing, allied health, psychology or social work. All applicants must be registered with the relevant professional body in the field of their completed degree.

Domestic applications

All applications for this course are submitted through SATAC.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Tuition Fee and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Career opportunities

This course prepares you to specialise in your existing field, such as education, nursing, counselling, allied health, and social work. In addition, this course prepares you for a possible career change into roles that involve working therapeutically with children and their families.

  • For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

    For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campus notes

    This course is no longer available for entry from Semester 2 2018

    Commonwealth Supported (CS) and Full Fee (FF) places are available for this course. Separate SATAC course codes are allocated for each fee option.

    AFB: This is an ABSTUDY approved course that may attract Away From Base (AFB) funding and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
    For further information and/or eligibility please visit cdu.edu/afb.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The program consists of 8 units of study. Five core units will deepen students' knowledge of the development of play over childhood and across cultures.

These studies will then introduce play therapy and specifically focus on how play can be used in contexts to help children managing stressful situations, such as medical procedures, and how play can be used therapeutically to facilitate psychological healing and social-emotional wellbeing.

Students will also choose 3 specialist elective units to deepen their understanding of children's health across cultures and contexts to enable the application of learning across diverse cultural and developmental contexts.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Core Units
(5 units)
50cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below. 

FUN501 Foundations of Play Therapy
FUN502 Child Centred Play Therapy
FUN503 Assessment and Directive Approaches in Play Therapy (unit title change from 2018)
FUN504 Fundamentals of Childhood Trauma
FUN505 Therapeutic Parenting and Filial Therapy
 

Specialist Elective
(3 units)
30cp

Select unit totalling 30 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
HEA551 Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 1
HEA552 Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 2
PHM593 Tropical Child Health
 

 
80cp
Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
FUN501 Foundations of Play Therapy CO FUN503 Assessment and Directive Approaches in Play Therapy (unit title change from 2018) CO
FUN502 Child Centred Play Therapy CO FUN504 Fundamentals of Childhood Trauma CO
FUN505 Therapeutic Parenting and Filial Therapy CO Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    FUN503 Assessment and Directive Approaches in Play Therapy (unit title change from 2018) CO
    FUN504 Fundamentals of Childhood Trauma CO
    Specialist Elective SE
    Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
FUN501 Foundations of Play Therapy CO    
FUN502 Child Centred Play Therapy CO    
FUN505 Therapeutic Parenting and Filial Therapy CO    
Specialist Elective SE    

Students commencing in Summer Semester

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Year 1
        FUN501 Foundations of Play Therapy CO
        FUN503 Assessment and Directive Approaches in Play Therapy (unit title change from 2018) CO
        FUN502 Child Centred Play Therapy CO
        FUN504 Fundamentals of Childhood Trauma CO
Year 2
FUN505 Therapeutic Parenting and Filial Therapy CO        
Specialist Elective SE        
Specialist Elective SE        
Specialist Elective SE        

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