Certificate in Child/Play Therapy
The counseling program in the department of counseling, educational leadership, educational and school psychology offers a postmaster’s certificate program in child/play therapy. The certificate program curriculum is designed to meet training standards for play therapists established by the Association of Play Therapy. This certificate program is not eligible for Title IV (federal financial aid) unless the certificate is awarded as part of a degree program.
- Evidence of having completed a master’s degree in counseling, social work or a closely related field;
- Cumulative graduate GPA: 3.250 in required courses for the prerequisite graduate degree;
- Resume: The resume should include evidence of experience working in a professional counseling role;
- Goal Statement: The goal statement must indicate an intention to work with young children as part of a future professional role; and
- References: Two professional references.
Upon admission and prior to their first semester, all applicants admitted to this program must clear a criminal background check. There are two reasons for this requirement. First, it is part of the university’s due diligence before placing students in field settings. Second, the check may alert applicants or students to issues that may subsequently affect their ability to work in their chosen field. In instances when a person’s criminal history raises reasonable concerns that should be cleared to engage in the field experiences and/or subsequently obtain licensure/endorsement, WSU may take a range of actions, including rescission of admission or dismissal from the program, depending on the nature of the concern.
For information regarding this requirement, visit: Advanced Programs (https://wichita.edu/clesadvancedprograms).
The certificate program comprises the following courses:
|CESP 841||Fundamentals of Play Therapy||3|
|CESP 842||Play Therapy for Young Children||3|
|CESP 843||Child Psychopathology in Play Therapy||3|
|CESP 844||Advanced Techniques in Child and Play Therapy||3|
|CESP 865||Practicum Play Therapy 1||3|
|Total Credit Hours||15|
The practicum requires students to conduct 100 hours of play therapy while receiving weekly supervision from an experienced play therapist.
A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.000 for all courses comprising the certificate program is required. No grades below a C (2.000) are allowed in certificate program courses.
- Students must notify the program area, in writing, of intent to complete the certificate.
- In the semester the certificate requirements are met students must:
- With graduate advisor, prepare and submit to the Graduate School a plan of study for the certificate.
- Submit to the Graduate School an application for the certificate along with a $15 filing fee.
Deadlines are no later than the 20th day of fall or spring semester, or the 10th day of a summer term.