Sometimes children don't have the words to express what they are thinking or feeling. Studying therapeutic child play at Deakin will give you additional skills to pursue your rewarding work with children and their families.
Deakin's therapeutic play and child play therapy courses are the first of their kind offered by an Australian university. The Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play is taught by practiced clinicians and educators equipped with overseas teaching experience, and by pioneering academics in Australian play therapy research.
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 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 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.
Entry will be based on performance in:
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Graduates will be eligible to work in professional healthcare teams, in individual private practice, and in a range of health, education and community contexts.
To complete the Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play students must attain 8 credit points comprising 7 core units (these are compulsory) plus 1 unit from the electives listed below.
All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).
Students may be eligible to apply for credit for this course.
Pathways for credit are available for this course. Details of institutional credit agreements are published in the RPL database.
Students who complete the following courses will be guaranteed a place in the course and receive credit as specified:
Graduate Certificate of Therapeutic Child Play, 4 credit points