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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 is now available in New Zealand at Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton.

Obtain a Masters degree in Play Therapy from a British University by studying and practising in New Zealand. The ONLY University accredited play therapy training programme in New Zealand and one that conforms to the international standards. Details.

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
VenueCourse Title

Claudelands Events Centre,
Hamilton,
New Zealand


Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (15 days)
Diploma in Play Therapy (15 days)


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 and IBECPT. 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. Before using the site we strongly advise you to check our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. Your use of this Web Site constitutes acceptance of these terms.

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