Accredited Summer School Programme Details

Summer School in the South of France  

This play therapy programme has been clinically accredited by PTUK. It meets the requirements for registration on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists. This register, which is managed by PTUK, is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority’. It is intended to meet the needs of those who cannot find time during the year to undertake a long term course but would like to obtain a recognised and accredited qualification in the field of play therapy through intensive training.  It is also ideal for professionals such as Counsellors to extend their skills to the younger age group.  

Summer School 2019 Application Forms: 

Certificate Application Forms:

Diploma Application Forms:

Travel and Accommodation Information

DISCLAIMER: We provide details of travel and accommodation in good faith, therefore we cannot guarantee the description of properties and all details should be checked with the property owner prior to making any accommodation booking.  

The 2019 Programme

A Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills which enables successful participants to practice therapeutic play skills within their own profession e.g. Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Teacher, Social Worker, Nurse.  

This course is available as: 

  • 15 days - intensive programme - Certificate starts 20th July to 3rd August, 2019.
  • Fee - £3150 or 3750 Euro

A Diploma in Play Therapy leading to the title Certified Play Therapist.  Participants will need to have completed a PTUK accredited Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills course, or equivalent.  The Diploma course is available as:  

  • 15 days - intensive programme starts 20th July to 3rd August, 2019.
  • Fee - £3250 or 3950 Euro

Download the appropriate application form for full details and how to apply.

Participants' Comments

Comments received from previous participants include:

About the course:

‘I feel that I have changed more in the last 15 days than in a year. I feel I have been here a long time. It was intensive and invaluable to have all these experiences. The venue is beautiful. Great organisation.’
- IA Summer School Certificate 2013.

‘An excellent learning experience for anyone wishing to become a Play Therapist. Learning about self as well as a therapist. Excellent teaching strategies. Very well organised and thought out course. Some of the best training I have ever had. Thank you to all the team, you’ve been great. Susan, you have been an amazing teacher.’
- CB Summer School Certificate 2013.

‘I think that this course is about much more than just play therapy, it is a life changing experience. I have learnt so much more about myself and it will have a positive impact not just on my career but on my approach to life.’
- TM CA Summer School Certificate 2013.

'I would absolutely recommend it.  This is a one of a kind course in the world from my research.  I believe it is much more effective than training through random workshops.'

'It's fantastic - it's the best course I have ever attended.  It's been a life changing experience on a personal and career level'.

'Any Counsellors working with children should HAVE to do the course.  I now feel just talking therapies should not be allowed at primary (school) level.  Thank you I will go back a changed Counsellor with many new 'tools' in my box.’

'I feel that I have come away with practical and effective tools for supporting children in need, as opposed to a lot of theory, which cannot be transferred to action.'

About La Mouline as a venue:

'La Mouline is totally amazing.  It's so peaceful and quiet here - so conducive to confronting our issues.'

'La Mouline is a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing venue.  Great for training on such an intense course.  Nice balance. Loved the pool.'

'Beautiful venue - the atmosphere added to my personal journey'.

'My life has been changed and enriched by my introduction to non-directive play therapy.'

'I would most definitely recommend the course. It has been a fantastic learning experience in a fantastic location.'

'I have already recommended this course. My belief is that experiential learning has the capacity for the learner to be able to ground the learning.'

'The course has been an incredible journey. I believe that those working with children should undertake this course to understand the inner world of the child and the child as a whole being.'

'This has been an incredible journey for me and I will be leaving La Mouline a much different person than when I arrived. A huge burden has been lifted from my shoulders and for the first time in my life I am FREE!'

'You bet I would (recommend the course). A journey I would not have missed for the world. It has shone a light on what I really want to do.'

'I think more Art Therapists who work with children should extend their skills and begin to work with Play Therapists. The environment at La Mouline seems to help balance out the levels of anxiety which can be experienced whilst involved in this training process.'

'I would recommend the course as it is so practical and is organised in a way that you can continue with your own job simultaneously.'

'I have found the intensive 12 days in France to be an excellent way to learn in a beautiful setting – plus the group process facilitated my individual process '

'Yes I would certainly recommend the course – it is essential for people working with children to know and understand how children communicate through the power of play. It has been a challenging course which has been both joyful and painful at times. The intensity of the course has helped me to become aware of my personal awareness like no other course.'

'I wasn’t sure what to expect regarding the practical/experiential work. This was really enjoyable and to have most of the course on a practical level was fantastic.'

'I think the way you set up the practical holistic aspects of the programme in terms of food, refreshments, environment, support and organisational back up and places to unwind are superb - I have not encountered this level of thought with regard to holistic health in any psychotherapy training. Well done!'

A Comparison With Training in the UK

It is APAC's aim to match the learning objectives and methods between the Certificate and Diploma courses held in the UK and those at La Mouline as closely as possible.  A comparison is given in the table below. 

La Mouline CentreUK Centres
Designed for:

Anyone who wishes to work therapeutically with children who finds it more convenient to take time to attend a course for a continuous period of 15 days in the summer holidays.

Ideal for work situations where holiday time can be used for training so that no supply cover is needed.

Anyone who wishes to work therapeutically with children who finds it more convenient to take time to attend a course for 5 weekends (including Fridays) spread over a period of 9 months.

Courses Available

Certificate & Diploma levels

Certificate, Diploma & MA levels


Certificate course 15 days;  

Diploma course 15 days

Certificate & Diploma 5 x 3-days each

MA by dissertation 3 x 2 days



2 intakes a year (Normally, September/October and January/February)








Converted water-mill and atelier. 26 acres - most of the exercises are carried out in the grounds. Fully equipped air conditioned classroom and tented area. Full stock of specialised equipment and materials. Three course lunch, French and English cuisine, mostly home grown produce Heated outdoor swimming pool on site.

Centres selected for a therapeutic environment. Fully equipped centrally heated classrooms. Full stock of specialised equipment and materials. Access to university libraries Two or three course lunch, varies according to location


St Genest de Contest, France Beautiful Tarnaise countryside Typical weather: sunny and hot Very rural location - 10 minutes drive to nearest small town Car rental share or own car strongly advised

See venues; Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Dublin, Edinburgh,  Leeds/Barnsley, Manchester, Tunbridge Wells Typical English or Irish climate All centres are either in or 10 minutes from large towns or cities

Course Fees **

Full Certificate: £3150 Full Diploma: £3250 E & OE

Full Certificate: £3150 Full Diploma: £3250 MA: by dissertation: £3400 E & OE

Other Costs* (£) (Typical)

Travel - Air Fare (1) Car Rental (15days) - 80 +  300

Accom - B&B (15 nights) - 600 

Other - Evening meals (15) - 300

Total - 1280

Travel - Train fares & taxis or car mileage (5) - 400

Accom - B&B (15 nights) - 600 

Other - Evening meals (15) - 450 

Total - 1450 


Personal processing is deeper at La Mouline for most participants because of the continuous nature of the experiential training.  You must be prepared for this.  Although support is provided please remember that this is a training course - not a therapy group. 

Personal processing is deeper at La Mouline for most participants because of the continuous nature of the experiential training.  You must be prepared for this.  Although support is provided please remember that this is a training course - not a therapy group. 

Working with children

If you are already working therapeutically with children you may start immediately after the course.  If you are not you cannot immediately start working therapeutically with children, for more information please contact us. You will require clinical supervision.

You may start after the first module and may bring to each subsequent module your experiences and problems as part of the learning process as well as to your clinical supervisor.


Identical.  Certificate to Diploma to MA and/or Supervisor/Trainer 

Identical.  Certificate to Diploma to MA and/or Supervisor/Trainer 

* These are typical costs. You must calculate your own budget. Generally speaking if you live a long way from one of our venues travel to France is probably a lower cost option!

** Course Fees are subject to change without notice or prior warning, please check with us in case there have been any changes before booking.


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