Graduate Counseling

Play Therapy Options

If you are interested in pursuing specialized training in Play Therapy, John Brown University offers the options to earn an emphasis in play therapy as a part of your master's degree program or to receive the training after you have completed a master's degree. 

Play Therapy Emphasis

The nine-hour Play Therapy emphasis can be completed by students pursuing a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Community Counseling or School Counseling as part of their degree program. This emphasis is designed to meet only the academic requirements that lead to becoming a Registered Play Therapist and does not provide a means for students to meet the clinical and supervision requirements for the RPT.

Course requirements:

  • CNL7353 Introduction to Play Therapy (3 credit hours)
  • CNL8213 Family Play Therapy Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • CNL8913 Selected Topics in Play Therapy (3 credit hours)

To incorporate the Play Therapy emphasis as part of your counseling degree, select the degree option that includes Play Therapy when applying to a degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling from JBU.

Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy (RPT)

The 15-hour certificate program in Play Therapy is designed to meet and exceed the National Standards for the Association of Play Therapy (APT) and for the Registered Play Therapist (RPT), so that all course work and supervision requirements to obtain the RPT certification will be met once a candidate completes the certificate program.

Course requirements:

  • CNL7353 Introduction to Play Therapy (3 credit hours)
  • CNL8913 Selected Topics in Play Therapy (3 credit hours)
  • CNL8213 Family Play Therapy Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • CNL8712 Practicum I in Play Therapy (2 credit hours)
  • CNL8722 Practicum II in Play Therapy (2 credit hours)
  • CNL8732 Practicum III in Play Therapy (2 credit hours)

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement for the Play Therapy Certificate Program.


Post-Master's Track in Play Therapy

The post-master's track in Play Therapy is a nine-hour program that allows you to obtain graduate level specialized training in Play Therapy.  This emphasis is designed to meet only the academic requirements that lead to becoming a Registered Play Therapist and does not provide a means for students to meet the clinical and supervision requirements for the RPT. 

Course requirements:

  • CNL7353 Introduction to Play Therapy (3 credit hours)
  • CNL8213 Family Play Therapy Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • CNL8913 Selected Topics in Play Therapy (3 credit hours)

Play Therapy course descriptions


Admission Requirements

To be eligible to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy or the Post-Master's Track in Play Therapy, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Admission to The Graduate School (GRE requirement waived). Apply Online.
  2. A minimum of a master's degree in a mental health field from a regionally-accredited university. (3.0 minimum GPA required.)
  3. A minimum of three references including two from current professionals in the mental health field.
  4. Approval from the Graduate Counseling program director and the dean of the Graduate School.