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Play Therapy Graduate Certificate

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Make an Impact in the Lives of Children

Build on your ability to make a lasting difference for children. With Capella’s online Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy, you’ll explore the theory, methodology, and applications of play therapy. Our courses are developed and led by expert faculty—all of whom are registered play therapists or registered play therapist supervisors.

This certificate addresses the core academic content areas required by the Association of Play Therapy to earn its Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and/or Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core Courses

Reduce Your Tuition by $1,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $1K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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Classes Start October 7th

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What you’ll learn

Gain Foundational Knowledge

Explore the core systems of play therapy and learn about play therapy techniques, models, and applications.

Learn Best Practices

Understand experientially based supervision practices in filial play therapy and individual and group play therapy.

Embrace Diversity

Gain knowledge of developmental and multicultural considerations, plus ethical and legal issues for diverse populations.

Apply What You’re Learning

Find new ways to apply the theory and methodology of play therapy.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Aligned

Covers core academic content areas required by the Association of Play Therapy to earn RPT and/or Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials.

Relevant & Applicable

Our competency-based learning model allows you to immediately apply valuable skills to the work you do every day.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn play therapy theory, methodology, and applications from registered play therapists or registered play therapist supervisors.

Learn in a Flexible, Engaging Online Learning Environment 

You‘ll have access to your courses anytime, anywhere, on any device. And because there are no set class times, you can set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$12,375 estimated tuition*
$495 per credit, 25 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

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Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Sample courses

The curriculum in Capella’s online Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy focuses on systems, techniques, models, and applications, as well as developmental, multicultural, ethical, and legal issues associated with play therapy. 

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PSY5244
Play Therapy 1: The History and Systems of Play Therapy

In this course, learners examine the historical origins of and rationale for integrating play into the practice of therapy and discuss the core systems of and approaches to play therapy. Learners also review the contributions of play to child development and well being throughout the lifespan. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY5246 *
Play Therapy 2: Theories and Practices of Play Therapy

This course focuses on the major theories and techniques that inform the applications of play in therapy using an interdisciplinary approach and emphasizing related research. Topics include play materials, developmental and multicultural considerations, ethical and legal issues, and play therapy for all ages and populations. Prerequisite(s): PSY5244. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY5248 *
Filial Play Therapy

Learners in this course study the history, theoretical foundations, research, and practical applications of filial play therapy. In particular, learners study and prepare to practice filial therapy in one-on-one situations with caregivers. Learners also evaluate filial therapy from a family systems perspective, exploring outcomes research that emphasizes the ways in which parents who are attuned to and understand their children are more easily able to engage relationally with them in ways that promote the well being of the family as a whole. Prerequisite(s): PSY5244, PSY5246, PSY5247.

5 quarter credits
PSY5250 *
Play Therapy Supervision Practices

This course introduces learners to the theories, models, principles, and practice of play therapy supervision. Learners develop ethical and practical skills about standard practices in supervision and consider their own theoretical orientation in the supervision of play therapy. Learners examine creative, experiential, and playful supervision practices through supervisory sessions with other learners. Learners also develop mentoring and facilitating skills in class and apply them during practice sessions. Prerequisite(s): PSY5244, PSY5246.

5 quarter credits
PSY5252 *
Applications of Play Therapy

Learners in this course study the theoretical foundations, research, and practical applications of play therapy in various environments, including schools, groups, and families. Learners also examine play therapy with a range of populations and explore associated adaptations of the playroom, therapeutic play therapy models, and play therapy outcomes research. Prerequisite(s): PSY5244, PSY5246.

5 quarter credits

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