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Is this program right for you?

If you're interested in learning why play therapy is preferred to help children who do not respond to more traditional play therapy approaches and how it can address emotional, cognitive, and behavioural issues, this program is for you.
Learn Imagery & Expressive Play Therapies  

Learn how to use expressive play therapy methods to help children safely deal with issues related to complex trauma.

Complex Trauma Issues  

Learn how to use expressive play therapy methods to help children safely deal with painful issues related to complex trauma.

Front-line practitioners including counsellors, therapists, clinical social workers and other practitioners currently working in the field with children, youth, adults, families and communities, and those who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in expressive play and sand play therapeutic interventions. 

This program is appropriate for learners with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work/study experience.

 

Program strengths

This certificate prepares students 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, students learn about the application of creative imagery and how to work with recurring images in art, sand play, 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 a 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.

Students learn how 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. 

They gain an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical principles of holistic expressive therapy as related to the subject of trauma, complex trauma, dissociation and post-traumatic stress disorder in the counselling setting.  

Students receive credentials to further their education and training.

Students with master's degrees may apply for Continuing Education Units towards registration with APT and certification with CACPT.
 

What You Need to Graduate

Participants must complete the courses within four years. Full attendance is required.

 

Program Format

Courses are offered in-person at Qualicum Beach except for Expressive Play Therapy 1 and Expressive Play Therapy 2. These courses are offered in both Qualicum Beach (QB) and New Westminster (NW).  

Recommended Course Sequence

1. Expressive Play Therapy 1 (QB or NW)
2. Expressive Play Therapy 2 (QB or NW)
3. Sandplay Therapy: Using the Healing Power of Imagery 1 
4. Sandplay Therapy: Using the Healing Power of Imagery 2 
5. Expressive Play Therapy for the Grieving Child 
6. Final Project/Consultation Group 

 

Tuition

Tuition for the program is approximately $1,800. 

 
Additional Fees 

Non-Refundable Certificate Application Fee $75. 
 

Note 
Each course is paid for separately during course registration.

 

Textbooks & Supplies

Course manuals are supplied when you attend class.

If additional books or other materials are required, you will be advised when you register for the program.

 

STEP 1 - Assemble Supplemental Documents

You will need to submit four items to the Admissions office.

1. A 250-word "Letter of Intent" describing your interest in the program and previous related education, training and/or experience. 
2. Your resume.
3. Letter of Reference from your employer.
4. Official university transcript.
 

STEP 2 - Apply to the Program

Complete the online application form. Submit it with your supplemental documentation and payment.

Mail or In-person 
Admissions Office
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

Note 
There is a $75 non-refundable application fee. You may include payment with your completed application form or call the Admissions Office to pay your fee over the phone by credit card. 

We recommend applying as soon as possible, to allow for adequate time to process your application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Important Dates

This is an open enrolment program. There are no application deadlines or set start dates. 

 

Admissions Requirements

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

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. 

 

Required Documents

1. A 250-word "Letter of Intent" describing your interest in the program and previous related education, training and/or experience. 
2. Your resume. 
3. Letter of Reference from your employer.
4. Official university transcript.

 

Financial aid & awards

Candidates for this program may be eligible for JIBC awards and bursaries

For more information, contact Student Services.

 

International applicants

International applicants are encouraged to contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs at international@jibc.ca.

 

Q: Who should take this certificate program?
A: The program is designed for frontline practitioners including counsellors, therapists, clinical social workers, and other practitioners currently working in the field with children, youth, adults, families and communities. It is designed for those who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in expressive play and sand play therapeutic interventions. It is appropriate for learners with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work/study experience.

 

Q: Can I apply for continuing education credits?
A: 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. For more details visit www.centreforexpressivetherapy.com.

 

Q: Are books and course manuals included in the tuition fees? 
A: Course manuals are supplied when you attend class. If you need to purchase books or other materials, you will be advised of the details when you register. 
 

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