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Play Therapy Certificate

Grand View University's Play Therapy Certificate is intended for individuals pursuing licensure as mental health professionals and those interested in using the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.

Play therapy is a unique form of therapeutic intervention, especially designed for children, that incorporates play as a means of communication and expression. Some of the unique aspects of play therapy include:

  • Non-Verbal Communication - One of the primary features of play therapy is its reliance on non-verbal communication.
  • Holistic Approach - Play therapy takes a holistic approach by addressing the emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of a child's well-being.
  • Adaptability to Various Issues - Play therapy is effective for a wide range of issues including trauma, grief, behavioral problems, anxiety, and more.

Why Grand View?

  • This certificate is a good fit for therapists/counselors from a variety of specialties
  • The certificate can be completed in as little as two years
  • You can combine this certificate with your Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Social Work or School Counseling master's degree
  • Grand View offers in-demand graduate programs focused on student learning
  • You will develop one-on-one professional relationships with faculty

Admissions Requirements

  • Be enrolled in another graduate counseling-related program or have graduated from one
  • Application to Grand View University
  • Transcript from institution where master's degree was earned or in-progress graduate transcript

Degree Combinations

This program is open to students from other areas of study, especially our Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Social Work master's degrees.

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