Play Therapy Skills

Develop play therapy skills for use in the workplace or as a foundation for further study.

  • Accredited training with one-to-one tutor support.
  • Study at home in your own time.
  • Short 4 module course with a strong practical focus – approx 28 hours of study.
  • Ideal for counsellors, teachers, classroom assistants, parents and others working with children.
  • Accredited CPD certificate, recognised by employers and a useful addition to your CV.
  • Good foundation for further study.

I work with the children up to 8 years old and play is so important for this age group. The course has given me the skills I need to support children more effectively through play - especially with the emotional and psychological areas. It's an interesting course, with loads of practical ideas, and the tutor support is excellent. 

Priya Shah 
Support Assistant

The course shows students how to communicate with children effectively through play, and also shows how play can be a means of teaching children essential personal and social skills. The course also includes a clear outline of the theory of play and play therapy, as well as many practical suggestions on how play therapy can be used in different settings.

With distance learning, you can develop new work skills in just three hours a week!

There are no set class times, so you can fit study into your life in a way that suits you. You’ll benefit from one-to-one support from an expert personal tutor who you can contact by email or instant chat at any time.


  • CPD Level 2 Certificate in Play Therapy Skills

Payment Options

Costs – Online Course: £180

The course materials are delivered by .pdf directly to your email address. You can download the materials to your laptop or tablet and print them off if you wish, so you do not need to be online to complete the course.

Terms and Conditions

Enrol via Paypal - only £145 until 30th June

Enrol via Worldpay - only £145 until 30th June

Pay by 6 monthly Instalments - £24.16 each (total £145) 

If you would prefer us to invoice your employer, please contact us using the button in the bottom right of the screen and we'll get the process started. 

Add Printed Notes

Your course material is delivered in a .pdf format directly to your inbox. You can then save the modules to your computer, so you can study when offline. You can also print your course material off if you wish.

If you prefer, you can order a printed copy of the course notes from EGS. These are despatched in a large, A4 binder and delivered by courier. The cost is £60 including courier fees. You will be offered the option to purchase a printed copy of the course notes after enrolment, but you can order them at any time during your course. This offer is only available to students currently enrolled

You will be offered the option to purchase a printed copy of the course notes after enrolment, but you can order them at any time during your course. This offer is only available to students currently enrolled on the course and based in the UK. 

Course Outline

Module One: The Importance of Play Therapy. Explore definitions of play; understand the role of play in learning and development; explore the role of play in early education; explore the value of play therapy; introductory techniques and approaches; sand tray therapy; comic strip conversations.

Module Two: Preparing for Play Therapy. Explore some key aspects of child development; learn how to plan a play therapy room; play therapy and nature; outdoor play therapy; explore safety issues in play therapy; working with groups; ASDs and play therapy.

Module Three: Play Therapy in Practice. Explore key play therapy techniques and approaches - including puppets, miniature figures, art therapy, crafts, water, clay, doll's house, worksheets, poetry, and bibliotherapy; connecting to the child; explore the development of emotional awareness; emotional literacy; confidentiality and other boundaries in play therapy.

Module Four: The Origins of Play Therapy. Explore the historical background to play therapy; learn about some of key theories in the development of play therapy; learn about the importance of self-awareness for the play therapist; professional practice - ethics and professional development; self-care - burnout and vicarious traumatisation.

Why Choose Us

Our tutorial support is second-to-none. You’ll be assigned a personal tutor as soon as you enrol who will work with you all the way through. You can contact your tutor directly at any time if you have any questions or problems, or if you would just like a chat about how the course is going. Tutorial support is by e-mail and/or instant chat.

Borders Connect is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. We are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council, registered with the Online Learning Council, and listed on the National Register of Learning Providers.