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Therapeutic Play Skills - Blended Learning

We are working remotely and are available to support you with any queries you have - please email Jenny at or call her on 01-8920031. 

Our academic delivery teams are all also working remotely and are supporting our students to continue with their studies through online learning or to get started for those just commencing their learning journey.  This course is available to start immediately with workshops delivered at during May & June. 

Research has found Play to be an effective therapeutic medium for children in difficult and challenging circumstances such as family changes, separation and divorce,  new schools, chronic illness and even death and dying. It is a natural means for children to work out difficulties they might face such as in making friends, dealing with excessive anger, fear, sadness, worry & shyness.  Play also helps in dealing with issues emerging from aggression & acting out;  school difficulties; abuse & neglect; social adjustment; sleeping and eating difficulties; poor self concept & low self esteem; trauma; grief & loss; hospitalization; and identity.

What is blended learning?

This level 7 BA in Early Childhood Studies has been specifically designed for delivery by blended learning. It is very suited to you if you are working full-time with limited spare time yet you want to achieve your degree qualification. During the induction workshop, you will be given your log-in details to the online portal,  "Weblearn". Here you will find course notes, reading lists, podcasts, articles of interest and assessment guidelines. The content is structured in an easy to "find and follow" week by week format. You will need basic computer skills such as searching the internet and typing a word document.

Each module commences with an induction seminar and you will meet your lead tutor during this seminar. You can upload your assessments and your tutor will give you feedback on whether you are on the right track before you submit the final version. Blended learning allows you to study at your time with support available throughout your learning journey. Click the link below for how our recent graduates got on studying under the Blended Learning method.

"Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in the child's soul" - Fredrich Frobel

This course is specifically designed for anyone with experience of working with children or adolescents, also those who work or intend to work therapeutically with them. It includes;

  • Counsellors
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Montessori and Primary school Teachers/Assistants
  • Pediatricians
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Play School/Sessional services staff
  • Children’s Hospice care Home staff
  • Adoption/Foster Care Workers

QQI Level 6 minor award (6N4705) certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and be qualified to work as play workers/specialists in schools, recreational and care settings.

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.  There are no previous academic requirements.

This is a blended learning course, a mix between online learning and workshops. All workshops are held in Portobello Institute, Dublin 1. You can commence this course immediately with the online content and then attend the scheduled wokshops. There are x 2 workshops in total- see dates below.


•    Therapeutic Play and its benefits, 

•    The nature and types of issues that children experience and how therapeutic play can help them

•    The skills and techniques required to become a therapeutic play practitioner/play specialist.

•    The different creative mediums that can be used in therapeutic play interventions such as Sand play, Clay, Art, Music, Lego, Water and Therapeutic Story telling.

The cost of this course is €989

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Course Code Location & Info Price
EYTPS-B-DS-MY-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

16/05/20 & 20/06/20
Saturday, 9.30am - 4.30pm
€689 Book Now
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