Expressive Play Therapy Certificate

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This certificate provides you with the theoretical principles of holistic expressive therapy as related to the subject of trauma, complex trauma, dissociation and post-traumatic stress disorder in a counselling setting.

This certificate prepares you to implement therapeutic materials conducive to creating a safe and therapeutic space for children and adults who have experienced loss, trauma, abuse and/or neglect.Throughout the program, you will learn about the application of creative imagery and how to work with recurring images in art, sandplay, and general play of children through the various stages of the play therapy process. Each course is designed with demonstrations of actual cases as well as providing opportunities for hands-on experience that includes the exploration of the image making process through the use of a variety of mediums including toys, art supplies, sand tray and figurines.

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Who Should Take This Certificate Program

The program is designed for front line practitioners including counsellors, therapists, clinical social workers, and other practitioners currently working in the field with children, youth, adults, families and communities, who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in expressive play and sandplay therapeutic interventions. It is appropriate for those learners with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work/study experience.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of this program are:

  • To prepare learners to provide safe, effective interventions and to choose and implement therapeutic materials conducive to creating a safe and therapeutic space for children and adults who have experienced loss, trauma, abuse and/or neglect.
  • To provide learners with the theoretical principles of holistic expressive therapy as related to the subject of trauma, complex trauma, dissociation and post traumatic stress disorder in the counseling setting.
  • To provide credit (credentials) for learners wishing to further their education and training (The core instructor is a continuing education provider for the Association for Play Therapy and the Canadian Association for Play Therapy, students with Master’s degrees may apply for Continuing Education Units towards registration with APT and certification with CACPT)

Program Format

Participants must complete the courses within a two-year period. Full attendance is required.

All certificate courses are offered in Parksville, BC on Vancouver Island with the exception of COUN-3100 and COUN-3105, which will be offered in Parksville and New Westminster.

The following sequence is recommended:

  • Expressive Play Therapy 1 Parksville or New Westminster Campus
  • Expressive Play Therapy 2 Parksville or New Westminster Campus
  • Sandplay Therapy: Using the Healing Power of Imagery 1 Parksville only
  • Sandplay Therapy: Using the Healing Power of Imagery 2 Parksville only
  • Expressive Play Therapy for the Grieving Child Parksville only
  • Final Project/Consultation Group Parksville only

Courses

Courses (in recommended order) (7 credits)

Course Name Course Code Credits Days

Expressive Play Therapy 1

COUN-3100 1 2

Expressive Play Therapy 2

COUN-3105 1 2
Sandplay Therapy: Using the Healing Power of Imagery 1 COUN-3110 1 2

Sandplay Therapy: Using the Healing Power of Imagery 2

COUN-3115 1 2

Expressive Play Therapy for the Grieving Child

COUN-3120 1.5 3

Final Project/Consultation Group

COUN-3125 1.5 3

Class Schedule

Books & Supplies

Course manuals are supplied when you attend class, and if purchase of books or other materials are required you will be advised of the details when you register.

Cost

  • Certificate Application Fee: $75
  • Total cost to complete the Expressive Play Therapy Certificate is approximately $2,200. You pay for courses individually when you register for them.
  • International tuition are calculated at 3 x domestic rates.

For individual course fees please see course descriptions or class schedule.

Continuing Education Credits

Students who hold a master’s degree in a related field may apply for continuing education units towards registration with the Association for Play Therapy and certification with the Canadian Association for Child Play Therapy. Please contact the Centre for Expressive Therapy for more details at www.centreforexpressivetherapy.com

Application Process

The course content is appropriate for those learners with a minimum of a Bachelors degree or equivalent work/study experience.  

Submit your online application form. We recommend you apply as soon as possible, to allow for adequate time to process your application.

You will also need to submit to the Admissions office:

  1. 250 word letter of intent describing your interest in the program and previous related education, training and/or experience. 
  2. Resume.
  3. Work letter of reference.
  4. $75 non-refundable application fee. Applications will not be reviewed without fee payment.

 Submit payment and supporting documents:

  • Mail or In-person: 

Justice Institute of British Columbia
Admissions Office
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Register

Online registration is currently unavailable in admissions-based programs. Once your application has been approved, please register directly with Student Services at 604.528.5590 or register@jibc.ca.

Courses are usually restricted to certificate students. All exemptions must be approved through the Program Manager cccs@jibc.ca or 604-528-5711.

Please note, acceptance into the program does not guarantee your seat in a class.  We suggest registering at least one month before classes begin as seating is limited.


Marja Kates: Acquiring the skills to provide play therapy for children

Marja Kates

Marja Kates, Ph.D., is a Registered Psychologist who worked for 15 years at BC Children’s Hospital providing cognitive and psycho-educational assessments for children who were born extremely premature or had medical complications at birth. A few years ago, Marja wanted to develop her therapeutic play skills to support children who experienced anxiety, grief, loss or trauma. She decided to enroll in JIBC’s Expressive Play Therapy Certificate after hearing many recommendations from her colleagues.

“The program has been immeasurably valuable to me both professionally and personally. It has provided me with the inspiration and essential skills to provide play therapy to children, and has opened up the play therapy world to me.”

Last updated July 15, 2016