Accredited Introductory Course Details

Introductory courses are designed for those wanting a short introduction to the effectiveness of and the use of therapeutic play and play therapy methods. They also provide an indication of career prospects and the training style of the course provider. You may then decide if you wish to develop a career in this field and if the course provider’s style and methods match your own needs. 

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.

This course is at stage 1 of the PTI four stage training model

Synopsis The course introduces mainly non-directive play techniques based upon the humanistic model of Carl Rogers and the work of Virginia Axline, Violet Oaklander and Mark Barnes. Participants will experience non-directive play therapy for themselves through sandworlds and a dip into the main skills (art, music, movement and storytelling ). Employment opportunities and training requirements for working therapeutically with children will be discussed.
Venues APACPTUKPTC PTirl have permanent training centres in Canada, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom. These courses are also run according to demand in other countries.
Award Certificate of Attendance
Duration 1-day
Faculty / Facilitators Chosen from a faculty of presenters accredited by PTI, APAC and approved by Leeds Beckett University.

Introductory Courses

StartDate Venue Location
18-May-19 Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim Antrim
18-May-19 Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, Barnsley Barnsley
18-May-19 Rosebery House (Children In Scotland Centre), Edinburgh Edinburgh
09-Jun-19 The Mollington Banastre, Mollington, Chester Chester
14-Sep-19 Slaley Hall, Hexham, Northumberland Hexham
05-Oct-19 Pinewood-on-Wilmslow, Handforth, Manchester Manchester
05-Oct-19 The Beeches, Bournville, Birmingham Birmingham
05-Oct-19 Marino Conference Centre, Dublin Dublin
12-Oct-19 Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Kent Tunbridge Wells
12-Oct-19 Engineers' House, Clifton Down, Bristol Bristol
23-Nov-19 The Cambridge Belfry, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire Cambridge
01-Dec-19 Union Jack Club, Waterloo, London London
01-Feb-20 Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor Windsor
15-Feb-20 Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Glasgow Glasgow
22-Feb-20 St Dominic's Retreat, Ennismore, Cork, Ireland Cork
22-Feb-20 Epiphany House, Truro Truro
Adverse Weather
  •    In the event of adverse weather, please consider your own safety. Unless you have been advised otherwise by APAC, all courses will run as scheduled at all venues. Please regularly check your emails. If you decide that you are unable to make your journey, please contact your Course Director or the APAC Office to let them know. If you are attending the first weekend of a course, please email Monika Jephcott on