Our site is intended to provide a complete information resource for the psychosocial support of children through therapeutic play, play therapy, creative arts therapies and filial play. We hope that you will find it useful and enjoy it!
The site is designed for everybody interested in helping children with emotional, behaviour or mental health problems including parents, carers, teaching staff, nurses, care workers, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, play therapists, paediatricians, students etc
The latest practice outcomes research by PTI members, based on over 700 cases shows that over 70% of children show a positive change in their total difficulties following play therapy - see news.
New Zealand needs 1435 Play Therapists or Practitioners with Therapeutic Play Skills - for details see news.
Train as a Certified Play Therapist. The MA in Practice Based Play Therapy programme as accredited in the UK is now available in New Zealand:
Become a Certified Play Therapist by completing the Post Graduate programme as accredited by a university in the UK while practising in New Zealand. The ONLY programme in New Zealand that qualifies for the register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists accredited in the UK by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) –
20 reasons why we believe this is the best play therapy training in the world.
Please click the course titles below to see details, prices, venue and dates.
Courses available in New Zealand
Participants successfully completing the Diploma course and practice requirements will become Certified Play Therapists. The programme, which conforms to international standards, is accredited by: Play Therapy International. Approved and delivered under the auspices of Play Therapy New Zealand. Participants who are already qualified professionals such as Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers etc may exit at the Certificate stage. For more details see Training.
Play therapy is starting to attract training providers, in New Zealand, who are offering a number of short courses. These are usually not validated by a university, do not provide the option of a university academic post graduate award, do not lead to certification by a recognised professional organisation
and only cover a fraction of the skills and experience that is needed to work effectively and safely with children. Unless they provide specialist training to extend your existing accredited qualifications for working with children, do not waste your money!
Play Therapy New Zealand is affiliated to Play Therapy International.