Deakin University

Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

Enrich your work with children and develop evidence-based techniques for better understanding their behaviour with the Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play. Get industry experience with 60 hours of clinical placement, and learn alongside pioneering academics in Australian child play therapy research.Want valuable new skills that allow you to pursue more rewarding work with children and their families?Even adults with years of life experience can find it hard to work through difficult feelings associated with mental health, trauma, self-esteem and relationships. When it comes to children, especially those without well-developed coping skills, these feelings can lead to problematic behaviour. Play therapy is increasingly being used as a way of helping children overcome these issues and make sense of their experiences. The beauty of play therapy is its simplicity. It allows children to express themselves through a comforting and familiar medium.


To complete the Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play students must attain 8 credit points. All 8 of these units are core within the Graduate Diploma (these are compulsory).


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Standard entry requirements

Entry will be based on performance in Bachelor Degree or higher or two years relevant work experience or evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.Selection is competitive, meeting these minimum requirements or their equivalents does not guarantee selection into this course. All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please refer to this course entry on the Deakin University website to read about ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.


The Master course H705 Master of Child Play Therapy leads to professional recognition. This Postgraduate Diploma is a skills enhancement program that supports practitioners to engage new learning and enhance their existing skills.

Study pathways

This course provides a pathway to other postgraduate coursework programs.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Cloud(online) Domestic: $27,800
International: $34,600
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year

Fee comments

Campuses: Cloud(online).

Note that this course is offered to international students by offshore external study only. There may be on campus intensives offered.

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