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Research has found Play to be an effective therapeutic medium for children in difficult and challenging circumstances such as family changes, separation and divorce,  new schools, chronic illness and even death and dying. It is a natural means for children to work out difficulties they might face such as in making friends, dealing with excessive anger, fear, sadness, worry & shyness.  Play also helps in dealing with issues emerging from aggression & acting out;  school difficulties; abuse & neglect; social adjustment; sleeping and eating difficulties; poor self concept & low self esteem; trauma; grief & loss; hospitalization; and identity.

"Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in the child's soul" - Fredrich Frobel

This course is specifically designed for anyone with experience of working with children or adolescents, also those who work or intend to work therapeutically with them. It includes;

  • Counsellors
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Montessori and Primary school Teachers/Assistants
  • Pediatricians
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Play School/Sessional services staff
  • Children’s Hospice care Home staff
  • Adoption/Foster Care Workers

Qualifications Gained

  • QQI Level 6 minor award (6N4705) certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and be qualified to work as play workers/specialists in schools, recreational and care settings.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.  There are no previous academic requirements.

Course Structure

This is a blended learning course, a mix between online learning and workshops. All workshops will be held in Portobello Institute, Dublin 1. There are x 2 workshops in total- see dates below.

Course Content Modules

  • Equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to use play and its developmental, educational and therapeutic applications.
  • Enable the learner to use play in a variety of settings –educational, care- (day care, residential and Hospital) and recreational settings.
  • Enable the learner to demonstrate facilitation skills focusing on children’s specific needs in relation to holistic development.



Name: Therapeutic Play Skills- Blended Learning

Cost: 989 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • Study at your own pace
  • 9.45am - 430pm (times for workshops)
  •   Please contact the college to confirm your two workshop dates