Deakin University

Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play

Deakin University

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

This course is designed for medical, allied health, welfare, and education professionals who work in community based services with children, adolescents and families who have experienced developmental, emotional, trauma or events that result in or comprise a mental health issue or concern.The role of play in lives of children will be explored with an introduction to the theories, models, and practices of therapeutic play.You will gain knowledge about children's development of play skills and coping and consider the role of the practitioner in providing age appropriate play-based experiences to children and young people.This includes the study of several aspects of child development (cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, biological, motor and moral development) from infancy to adolescence.There will also be an exploration of childhood developmental neuroscience and psychopathology, covering a range of mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism spectrum disorders, eating disorders, child abuse and bereavement.


8 credit points comprising 7 core units (these are compulsory) plus 1 unit from the electives listed below.


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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

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.

Further information

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