Course Sequences and Descriptions
Play Therapy I (3 credit hours)
This course will explore play therapy from its earliest beginnings and the rationale from using play media in counseling children. The client-centered theoretical approach will be explored and its application to cases will be discussed. Emphasis will be on creating and maintaining a counseling relationship with children that allows for the effective use of play media.
Play Therapy II (2 credit hours)
This course will examine common childhood diagnoses that present for treatment, examine appropriate treatment plans for these diagnoses, discuss play themes within the context of child sessions, and discuss parent consultation methods. Students will have the opportunity to use these skills in conducting play sessions with children and parents.
Multicultural Play Therapy (2 credit hours)
As the cultural diversity of our nation continues to grow, so does the expertise and knowledge of a play therapist working with this diverse population. This class will enhance the therapist’s self-awareness, increase knowledge about working with children and families from different cultures and develop additional practice skills.
Sandtray Therapy (2 credit hours)
A picture is worth a 1,000 words and that is certainly true about sandtray. We will have lots of fun making our own sandtrays and learning the techniques of this fun and enlightening venue. As an added bonus, we will learn about sandtray through the ages and how to use it with all ages including families and groups.
Filial Therapy (2 credit hours)
In filial therapy, parents are partners in play therapy by actually having special play sessions with their own children. Students learn how to train and supervise parents in this process by role-playing in the playrooms at the MNU Play Therapy Center.
Current Theories in Play Therapy (2 credit hours)
This course will compare the major theoretical models of play therapy and their implications for treatment. Each student will be asked to be knowledgeable about several theories. These will be presented in a culminating exercise at the end of the class. Students will then be able to apply these theories to their clinical experience.
Techniques in Play Therapy (2 credit hours)
As a play therapist it is necessary to have a tool kit with a variety of play techniques for different presenting problems. This course explores some directed activities that can be used with children of divorce, trauma, ADHD, grief, and others.
Internship I (4 credit hours)
This course will address the different levels of clinical skill acquisition. Students will be expected to complete a total of 200 hours of clinical work, and 20 hours of supervision. Videotaping of student therapy session will be used in the supervisory process.
Internship II (3 credit hours)
This course will address the different levels of clinical skill acquisition. Students will be expected to complete a total of 150 hours of clinical work, and 15 hours of supervision. Videotaping of student therapy session will be used in the supervisory process.
Prominent child therapist Dr. Rise VanFleet had this to say after a seminar at MNU:
"I'm very impressed by this much-needed post-master's certificate program. Play therapy offers an effective, evidence based, and developmentally attuned way to help children and families deal with problems. MNU offers high quality training and supervised experience to professionals who wish to improve their effectiveness in working with children and families. MNU's top-notch instruction and supervision also provides a valuable service to the local community-a place to strengthen children and families! I wish there were more programs like this!"
—Risë VanFleet, Ph.D., RPT-S
President, Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc.
Boiling Springs, PA
Child and Family Psychologist
MNU is an APT Approved Center and an Approved Provider of Continuing Education (APT Approved Provider 07-198).
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