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  • Post-Master's Certificate in Play Therapy

    Monmouth University offers a comprehensive, for credit, Post-Master's Certificate in Play Therapy. This program is designed to enhance the clinical practice of mental health professionals working with children and adolescents.

    The Post-Master's Certificate Program offers graduate-level Play Therapy-specific courses that exceed the 150-course-hour requirement for mental health professionals pursuing a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential from the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Students in the program can also work toward the required 500 direct practice clinical hours in play therapy and the required 50 hours of supervision necessary to become a Registered Play Therapist.

    The Post-Master's Certificate Play Therapy courses include:

    • Advanced Clinical Practice with Children
    • Advanced Theory in Play Therapy
    • Advanced Techniques in Play Therapy
    • Play Therapy for Children at Risk
    • Play Therapy Practicum Seminar I
    • Play Therapy Practicum Seminar II

    Four courses are hybrid and meet every other weekend on campus, and two courses are currently offered completely online.

    Courses may be taken in a flexible manner. Students may opt to take one course at a time or a full schedule, which usually consists of three classes. Students registering for the Play Therapy Seminars must be employed or willing to intern in a setting where they can professionally practice Play Therapy techniques with children or adolescents. Those in need of an internship can discuss their options with the program coordinator.

    Applicants planning to pursue the Association for Play Therapy Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential are strongly encouraged to review the Association for Play Therapy's core requisites and requirements at

    Contact the program coordinator via e-mail to arrange an in-person or telephone appointment to receive further information or discuss the program.

    Program Coordinator: Elena Mazza, PhD, MSW, LCSW