The postgraduate Play Therapy and Musical Play programme is unique within New Zealand. It is offered jointly by the Child and Family Play Therapy Centre and Julie Wylie School of Music. 

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy and Musical Play was designed to meet market demand for professionals specifically trained to work with children and families using the modalities of Play Therapy and Musical Play.

What is the Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy and Musical Play Programme?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy and Musical Play provides theoretical and practical knowledge relating to Play Therapy, drawing on the fields of Clinical Arts Therapy, Child Psychology, Early Intervention, Play Therapy and Musical Play.
What makes this course unique?

This is the only course that brings Play Therapy and Musical Play together in ways that enhance children’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.The course is based on the following considerations:
  • play is the universal language of all children; the way they explore their world, develop physical and social skills and regulate personal responses to difficult situations and conflicts;
  • play promotes sensory, social and emotional understanding, enhancing positive emotions, helping children to develop resilience and skills;
  • play engages the whole brain: calming the lower brain, engaging the mid-brain and stimulating the upper cortex;
  • play helps to develop a sense of self, regulation, communication, relationships, sensitivity, timing, social skills, spatial awareness;
  • learning about play helps therapists to understand how each child processes the world, and what their movements, words, and ideas tell about the child and their emotional state and learning.
This course not only focuses on working with typically developing children but also with children with a range of special needs and developmental profiles. 
What does this Programme consist of?

The course of study for the Certificate comprises four courses and one practice-based seminar. Participants will complete the following courses:

History and theories of Play Therapy and Musical Play
Developmental ages & stages in Play Therapy and Musical play
Play Therapy and theoretical and practical Musical Play techniques, applications, and skills
The language of play, musical play and developmentally appropriate practices
What are the entry requirements?

Students entering the programme typically have completed a three-year undergraduate degree in the fields of Teaching, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychology or Nursing plus a minimum of two years’ post-graduation work experience. 

When can I start using Play Therapy and Musical Play in my clinical practice?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy and Musical Play is an introductory course and a part of the Stage One of our Training Programme. Those who have successfully completed the Certificate may be eligible to apply for Stage Two which includes the Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy and Therapeutic Musical Play. This advanced qualification is clinically-oriented and focuses on of Play Therapy and Musical Play for children with developmental disabilities and/or learning difficulties.

What is the Course Fee?
The fee for this training and three practical workshops incorporating Musical Play, Clinical Arts Therapy and Play Therapy is $5,000. This fee can be paid in two instalments: one payment will be paid prior to starting the training. The second payment will be paid prior to the practical workshops.

How can I register for the Programme?

You can register for the Training Programme using this website.

*Please note that our courses are not NZQA-approved. Due to the size of our centre and cost of becoming an NZQA approved training establishment, it is not practical for us to pursue accreditation at this stage. We believe that Play Therapy training should be affordable and easily accessible by teachers, mental health and early intervention professionals. The cost of pursuing NZQA approval would make it difficult to offer our courses at low tuition fees.