Stage 1 - An Introduction to Play Therapy

For Individuals and for Schools and Other Organisations.

APAC runs 1, 2 and 3 day introductory courses in Play Therapy which are open to any mature adult. These courses are also run in-house for schools, agencies, social services and other organisations concerned with children’s welfare. These courses are designed for anyone interested in using Play Therapy or developing their skills in working with children. Also for those wishing to make a career decision.

The 1-day course is an ideal introduction to Play Therapy, for individuals, to the interventions and media used in therapeutic play together with our experiential based training methods. We also cover career opportunities and development. It enables you to decide whether you will take to Play Therapy work and would benefit from our experiential training methods. Time is set aside for personal interviews, if required by you, to discuss any personal issues related to Play Therapy training.

The 2 and 3-day courses are ideal as INSET days for primary schools, or CPD training for counselling or social services agencies. Participants will gain skills that they may incorporate in their existing work with children and young persons aged 3 – 14. They will assist organisations to develop an integrated strategy and frame objectives for delivering therapeutic services for children, young persons and families.

APAC also designs and delivers 3 day  therapeutic play courses to help those working with children who have special problems such as physical disabilities or provide specialist services such as respite care.

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The courses introduce mainly non-directive play techniques based upon the humanistic model of Carl Rogers and the work of Virginia Axline, Rachel Pinney and Violet Oaklander. Participants will experience non-directive Play Therapy for themselves through sandplay and a dip into the main skills (art, music, movement and storytelling ). We will also cover employment opportunities and training requirements for working therapeutically with children. A natural progression is to the Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills course.


Leeds Beckett (formerly Leeds Metropolitan) University are marked LBU
Venues in Ireland validated by National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and marked NUI
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East of England

South East England

West Midlands

  • Moor Hall HotelLBU, Moor Hall Hotel, Moor Hall Drive, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B75 6LN

West of England & Wales

North of England


Northern Ireland


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  • La MoulineLBU, St Genest de Contest, Tarn, France

And other locations upon request.

Faculty / Facilitators

Selected from APAC’s faculty.


  • UK Courses = £130
  • Irish Courses = €190

Course Dates

Start Date


The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan

1st October, 2022


Engineers House

15th October, 2022


etc venues Chancery Lane

15th October, 2022


Pinewood Hotel on Wilmslow

15th October, 2022