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The Centre for Play Therapy and Training offers a Level 1 Play Therapy Course (26 hours, 4 days) and a Level 2 Play Therapy Course (22 hours, 3 days). The Centre works within the Gestalt approach to therapy. Upon successful completion, candidates receive certificates. Courses are presented at various locations throughout South Africa.

The Centre for Play Therapy and Training is an SACSSP (South African Council for Social Service Professions), as well as a SAAP (The Southern African Association for Pastoral Work) registered Centre and as such a provider of CPD credits.


The course provides the following:

  • A sound knowledge and understanding of play therapy based on the Gestalt approach.
  • An ability to communicate significantly and effectively with the child, using play therapy.
  • An ability to use creative metaphors to work therapeutically with children.
  • An opportunity to practise the different play techniques.
  • An ability to assess a child using play therapy.
  • An ability to detect and understand the inner child.

Level 1 Play Therapy Course programme


The course provides the following:

  • An opportunity to implement the theoretical basis of the Level 1 course and integrate advanced Play Therapy and Gestalt knowledge.
  • An opportunity to compare the Gestalt approach to other approaches.
  • An ability to understand and utilise the process of play therapy.
  • An ability to utilise advanced Play Therapy techniques in assessment and treatment, within the framework of the Schoeman model.

Level 2 Play Therapy Course programme


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Costs involved:
Level 1 course: R2,100.00 per person per course.
Level 2 course: R1,950.00 per person per course.

  • Extensive study notes at each course.
  • Daily lectures from 08h30 to 16h30 (Please note there is a lunch break of one hour each day. Each person attending the course is responsible for his or her own lunch).
  • Tea or coffee will be served.
  • Practical training sessions (Please wear comfortable clothes).
  • Registration will be from 08h00 – 08h30. Receipts will be issued during the day.
  • Payment can be done the first morning of the course.


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  • In this hands-on practical Gestalt Sandtray and Clay Workshop, we explore the healing power of human consciousness and how it manifests on the foreground.
  • The sandtray/clay experience will be on a practical base, with demonstration and the opportunity to experience it in the group.
  • In the sandtray/clay workshop/s it will be aimed to help you uncover barriers to the child´s deepest thoughts and feelings.

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