Post Qualifying Certificate in Filial Play Coaching

Help parents as well as children

Parents can, indeed should, occupy an essential role in alleviating the emotional and behavioural problems of their children. Although it is impractical and unethical for parents to carry out Play Therapy with their own children, it is highly desirable that they use non-directive play as a part of their parenting skills.

Training as a Filial Play Coach provides a big opportunity for Play Therapists to extend their practice to working with parent, carers and families as well as children.

Students who successfully complete our Filial Play Coaching qualification will be able to use the title Filial Play Coach on the PTUK Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Entry Requirements

This four-day programme is designed for those who have been awarded the Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills qualification after completing the APAC Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills Course in full.

Applicants must also hold at least 100 hours supervised clinical experience of working with children using non-directive play.

Membership of PTUK/PTI is required to attend this course

Course Content

The course programmes will include:

  • A review of the main Filial Play Therapy models to enable you to develop the approach that suits you best
  • The differences between coaching and mentoring and how a Coach may develop into a Mentor.
  • Choosing an appropriate coaching model – an exploration of the theories and styles of coaching.
  • How to assess children and parents as being suitable for Filial Play
  • Deciding upon the optimum programme of coaching for each parent
  • Agreeing a Filial Play contract with the parent(s)
  • Helping the parents to set up at home
  • The coaching of parents in non-directive play skills, including the re-orientation required by play therapists.
  • Monitoring the progress of the family.

Location and Duration

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

Venue:                 TBC

Course fee:          £620.00

Date:                    TBC

The course will run from 09.00 – 17.00 each day

Follow up Day:     TBC

For those who have previously completed the 7 days

The course will run from 09.00 – 17.00

Fee:                       £150.00

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

  • 40 Hours of Filial Play Coaching/Mentoring (this includes all preparation/assessment sessions with the parent/carer)
  • Satisfactory logging of all Filial Play Coaching/Mentoring sessions
  • Satisfactory recording of notes on each Filial Coaching/Mentoring session on the forms provided. This needs to include supervision of parent sessions at home and analysis of parent log
  • A reflective journal to be completed for all coaching and mentoring sessions (40 entries)
  • Eight supervision sessions with a Filial Play Supervisor who is on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists
  • Prepare a case study to present at a Follow-Up Day
  • Attendance to a Follow-Up Day