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Post Qualifying Certificate

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A complete guide to training for carers in play and creative arts therapies


  • 1 year
  • £1140
  • In person
  • 7 day course and a follow-up day a year later

The APAC Post Qualifying Certificate in Clinical Supervision aims to help satisfy the growing demand for Play Therapy. This is rapidly growing due to recognition by the government and others that only by looking after the emotional needs of children can they achieve their potential. There are now several recognised training courses producing Play and Creative Art Therapists who require clinical supervision. However, there is a shortage of suitably trained Supervisors.

Please contact APAC to register your interest in this course,

The Certificate in Clinical Supervision course is designed to give an in-depth knowledge and understanding of general supervision principles applicable for clinical practitioners and how to use the creative arts to facilitate this process. The course is largely skill based and aims to:

  • Develop the core skills of supervision
  • Integrate theory with practice
  • Practice supervision skills and receive feedback
  • Provide personal development as a professional and as a human being
  • Acquire the skills to become an effective communicator and manager as a supervisor
  • Explore the therapeutic relationship through sand play and other creative arts

The course programme will include:

  • The process model of supervision
  • Ethical issues
  • Trans cultural issues
  • Expansion of personal creativity
  • Specific skills as a play therapy/creative arts supervisor
  • Skills of individual and group supervision
  • The developmental stages of supervision
  • Live sessions with feed back

The certification process for this course is carried out by PTUK on behalf of APAC and PTI for CPD credits. Once qualified, you will appear on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register under the title of Certified Supervisor of Play and Creative Arts Therapists. It will provide objective evidence of your capabilities for employers, and you will gain a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.

Aims Of The Post Qualifying Certificate in Clinical Supervision Course

The Post Qualifying Certificate in Clinical Supervision course aims to provide participants already experienced in working with children and adolescents with additional skills and with an internationally recognised qualification.

It will:

  • Extend your counselling, therapeutic and practical skills to enable you to carry out clinical supervision
  • Enable you to carry out supervision with individuals and groups
  • Continue to foster critical awareness of your own process and development
  • Prepare you for line management of play and creative therapy projects including liaison with relevant agencies
  • Give you an understanding of the relevant theory
  • Completed 350 clinical hours (broken down as follows: 100 hours  acquired during  Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills, 100 hours during  Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy and  150 hours post Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy) working with children (4 to 13 years old) and hold current membership with Play Therapy UK  / Play Therapy International upon enrolment on the course as a Certified Play Therapist.


  • Hold a UK Level 5 Diploma in Counselling /an Irish Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy (with a minimum of 450 clinical hours of professional practice).

Enhanced DBS/ Access NI/ Garda Vetting/ Scottish PVG Check under the role of Trainee Play Therapist or Play Therapist – please email for information on the associated fees.

A current membership with Play Therapy UK / Play Therapy International will be required upon enrolment on the course as a Certified Play Therapist.

In order to successfully complete this course, you will need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Completion of a process diary
  • Continuous evaluation of coursework and ability to work with group dynamics
  • Post training viva demonstrating your understanding of the course content and its integration into your own practice
  • Evidence of regular supervision
  • Evidence of 60 clinical hours work with supervisees. These hours need to include a minimum of 5 hours of group supervision, maximum of 10, group supervision can be with either PTUK members or non-members. 40 of the hours need to be with PTUK members, 20 hours can be completed with non PTUK members if needed
  • A taped extract from a supervision session, transcribed and annotated to explain the reasons for your interventions
  • A 2500-word case study and three book reviews
  • A personal statement on your philosophy of supervision
  • Satisfactory attendance to the course

Students are given 18 months to complete all elements of the Programme

Participants will learn through working with other students enrolled onto the course about the roles and responsibilities of the supervisory relationship.  The course is to a large extent skill based including presentations on ethics, transcultural issues and the philosophy of supervision. Learning will be experiential and collaborative using pair, group work, role-play and case presentations. Reading assignments to be completed at the end of the training will provide new information and consolidation of material from the experiential work undertaken during the course.


East Sussex National Hotel,  Little Horsted, Uckfield

Date: 23/06/2024 -29/06/2024

Follow-up day: TBC

For those who have previously completed the previous course the Follow up Day will take place on the 21/06/2024



Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Stillorgan Road, Co Dublin A94 V6K5 Ireland

Date: 23/03/2024 -29/03/2024

Follow-up day: TBC

Mandatory Follow up Day:

This Post Qualifying Certificate in Clinical Supervision Course is delivered over seven days with a one-day follow up at a later date for you to present your case study

Follow up Day fee:


Course fee:


Dates and prices are correct at the time of printing but may be subject to change. Please check with the APAC Office on 01825 761143 before booking.

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