The Centre for Play Therapy and Training focuses on short programme online training for play-based interventions aimed at Social Workers, Psychologists, registered Counselors, educators specialised in psycho-social support and learner support, and Occupational Therapists who, in their scope of practice engage with children.

Children are naturally drawn to play, and it is an important part of their development. Therefore, using play-based interventions can be a highly effective way to engage with children and support their growth and development. Play-based interventions can also be used to help children build important social and emotional skills, such as empathy, communication, and problem-solving. Professionals who are trained in these interventions will be better equipped to support children in developing these skills. It is essential for professionals to understand and respect the limitations of their scope of practice and to act with integrity.

It is important to note that while our training program offers valuable skills and knowledge in this area, it does not provide a complete skill set to start a new career path. Additionally, it is crucial to understand that completion of our training program does not authorize individuals to act as therapists if they are not registered as such with a statutory board. It is important to seek proper certification and or registration from the relevant authorities/ statutory boards before engaging in therapeutic practice.

Online Courses in Play Therapy Level 1 & 2


You can now do both the Level 1 and 2 courses online in the privacy of your own space via internet. You will need to have an internet connection and data to follow the course. You will save time, transport and traveling expenses as well as accommodation costs. Training hours of your choice in the privacy of your office or home.

You are given one calendar month per course to complete. Thus for Level 1 and 2 you will get two calendar months to complete. If course members did not succeed in completing in the set time, a penalty of R50.00 per course that needs to be re-opened, will be charged.

The courses are developed and presented by Dr. Hannie Schoeman.

See the Online Courses page for full information about the online courses including who can register, how to apply, SACSSP and HPCSA credits, certificates and prices …

Information about 2023 Physical Course dates can be found here… You may start the Online Courses anytime that suits you.

Our Physical Courses and Workshops

Accredited Gestalt Play Therapy Courses

The Centre for Play Therapy and Training has developed the following courses:

  • Four day (24 Hour) Play Therapy Level 1 training
  • Four day (24 Hour) Play Therapy Level 2 training
  • Four day (25 hour) Sand and Clay Workshop training
  • A unique 12 day Service learning Programme (SLP) in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department and the Principals of the Primary and Secondary schools in Gansbaai (Overberg region, Western Cape province).

Play Therapy Level 1, Level 2 and the Sand and Clay workshop are CPD accredited with SACSSP,  SAAP and we are awaiting HPCSA specified accreditation numbers and accreditation which are assigned on a yearly basis.

Upon successful completion of every course or workshop (physical or online), the course members receive e-Certificates which are electronically signed by Dr Hannie Schoeman. The e-Certificates indicate the CPD points and accreditation number as well as the date of the course. These e-Certificates are in PDF format and sent by email.

Play Therapy Level 1

In this hands-on Level 1 foundation course the participant is brought into awareness about the self so that, with their own uniqueness and stabilization of a therapeutic relationship, the forms of play as well as gestalt techniques can be integrated.

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Play Therapy Level 2

The Course participant receives a intervention framework to make them aware of how to bring the child to a full awareness of his or her own behaviour. A Gestalt Intervention Framework is integrated in Level 2. Additional techniques are introduced in Level 2.

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Sand and Clay Workshop

Practical workshop which guides participants to a deeper level of theoretical interaction and practical integration. Teaching specific awareness techniques which will aid in gaining self awareness and bringing the client into awareness.

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Service Learning Programme (SLP)

An opportunity of a lifetime to participate in this 12 day program to integrate the knowledge grounded by Level 1 and 2 and to gain practical experience and receive live supervision every alternate day on the previous day’s intervention.

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References by professionals who have completed the courses.

“This course was very informative and exceeded my expectations. It also spoke to some areas in my own life. It was eye opening and amazed me to experience the accuracy of the application."

Siphosethu MapolisaRegistered Social Worker

”This has been one of my best courses I’,ve ever done. It was enriching, theoretically sound and rife with practical examples of how to implement play therapy in one’s practice. I will recommend this course to anyone in a heartbeat.”

Anuska Rabe-SteynbergRegistered Psychologist

"Once again BIG thank you for all your leadership and mentoring throughout the course, it was most empowering and so beneficial to my growth as a therapist! Even via the online method, so grateful,
You are amazing – keep shining!"

Jade MayneRemedial specialist and educational support

"I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for the incredible teaching you delivered on Gestalt, It was not only informative but also incredibly inspiring. Your ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and engaging manner truly made play therapy come alive to me in more ways than I can explain. Your expertise and dedication to your field are truly commendable and inspiring."

Jolene YeoRegistered Counsellor

Who can enrol

The Centre for Play Therapy and Training courses are aimed at Social Workers, Psychologists registered counselors, educators trained in learner support and psycho-social support, and Occupational Therapists who, in their scope of practice engage with children. It is aimed at the professional with at least a recognised undergraduate degree or in their final stages of bachelor studies equivalent to NQF level 6. It offers valuable additional information for practitioners already in practice working with children in various settings. It does not allow educators to follow a stand-alone career as play therapists but will equip them to, in their day-to-day work address needs typically within the scope of work for psycho-social support or learner support.

Different professions and disciplines engage with children on different levels. As part of communication with children, a professional may decide to use the power of play as a medium of engagement. Professionals trained in occupations typically accommodating children might add value to their professions.

The following would be advantageous when enrolling for this training:
• Basic knowledge of child development: Play-based interventions are often used with children, so having a solid understanding of developmental milestones and stages can be helpful in tailoring interventions to meet a child’s needs.
• Familiarity with child-centered approaches: Play-based interventions are often child-centered, meaning that the focus is on the child’s needs and interests. Understanding how to create a safe and supportive environment for the child can be important in facilitating effective communication.
• Communication skills: Play-based interventions often involve communication with parents, teachers, and other professionals involved in the child’s care. Good communication skills can be helpful in building relationships and collaborating effectively.
• Personal qualities: Patience, empathy, and a genuine interest in working with children are all important qualities for someone interested in training in play-based interventions. These qualities can help in creating a positive relationship with the child and in developing effective interventions.

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