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Queen Margaret University masters the art of child’s play

Posted: 22nd August 2016


Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh has joined forces with a children’s charity to offer a Masters degree in Play Therapy.

The new course will help to educate Play Therapists of the future ensuring that children, who have experienced trauma, can benefit from a high quality professional support service.

The MSc Play Therapy, which aims to develop therapists who can work safely and therapeutically with children and families with complex needs, has been developed by staff on the MSc Art Psychotherapy Programme at Queen Margaret University and the charity, With Kids.

Play is a really important part of child development and Play Therapy taps into ways in which children communicate. Children, who have been through trauma, can benefit from Play Therapy as it offers a way of communicating and healing the distress they have been through without relying on verbal communication.

Play Therapy is a recognised profession and currently Play Therapists practice in a range of environments from the NHS to social services and from primary and secondary schools to charities. Play Therapy is successfully used to help people of all ages, not just children, deal with a wide range of emotional and physical conditions. In the UK, the majority of Play Therapists work in health and the voluntary care sectors with a sizable number working in schools and nurseries.

It is thought the new course, which starts in September 2016, will appeal to professionals who are already working with children or young people, as well as those from a social work, health and education background.

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