Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play

Deakin University

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

The 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 child play. You will learn how to assess and observe a child's play behaviour, examining the behavioural characteristics present when children have a play deficit. 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, moral, developmental disorders) 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.

Structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play students must attain 8 credit points comprising 7 core units (these are compulsory) plus 1 elective unit.

Subjects

  • For information on major subjects please contact Health enquiries at health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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.

Recognition

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

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Cloud(online) Domestic: $27,000
International: $33,200
No
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Full-time
  • Part-time : 2 years

Further information

For other information please contact Health enquiries at health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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