Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy and Musical Play
The Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy and Musical Play provides theoretical and practical strategies in the areas of Play Therapy and therapeutic Musical Play drawing from the fields of Clinical Arts Therapy, Child Psychology, Play Therapy, Musical Play, Music Education and Early Intervention. The Programme is intended for professionals who wish to use empirically supported Play therapy and Musical Play techniques in their own practice. Applicants should have a background in child development, education, teaching, nursing, psychology, social work or related qualifications. This unique programme is jointly created by Julie Wylie School of Music and the Child and Family Play Therapy Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Postgraduate Certificate takes one year to complete and is the only course that brings music and play together in ways that enhance children’s physical, mental, and emotional health. This online-based training will include video vignettes, readings, study, and reflections as well as written assignments, all of which will involve 6-8 hours of on-line supported study per week. We are pleased to be working with an award winning film producer who has been filming high quality video vignettes for each module of this course.
A four-day training course with a series of highly practical workshops in Play Therapy, Musical Play Therapy and Clinical Arts Therapy, held in Christchurch, is an integral part of the programme.
The programme includes 8 courses in total:
PLAY101: History and Theories of Play Therapy
PLAY102: Developmental Ages & Stages in Play Therapy
PLAY103: Play Therapy Techniques, Applications, and Skills
PLAY104: The Language of Play and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
MUSIC101: History and Theories of Musical Play
MUSIC102: Developmental Ages & Stages in Musical Play
MUSIC103: Musical Play Techniques, Applications, and Skills
MUSIC104: The Language of Musical Play and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
The fee for this on-line based training is $5,000. This fee can be paid in two instalments: one payment will be paid prior to starting the on-line training. The second payment will be paid prior to the practical workshops.
To learn more about the programme and to pre-enrol to secure your place in the programme, please visit this website:
Taking the opportunity to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy and Musical Play with experienced and inspiring mentors was career changing. I enjoyed the positive and nurturing learning process and looked forward to my regular virtual meetings with both mentors. The content of the course was relevant, purposeful and motivating. One of my biggest takeaways from the course was the opportunity to visit Christchurch and have powerful discussions with the group. The workshops made practical connections to the text and united us all together in song, movement and play. The course gave me the tools to follow the child’s lead and build educational opportunities, inspired by their ideas. I learnt to listen to the child, to use strategies to help regulate their emotions and have developed a classroom space where the children feel safe and free to explore and create. I would highly recommend this opportunity for anyone who works with children and would like to create an inclusive and creative atmosphere that explores the world of the child.
Professional Development Opportunities
We offer regular musical play workshops for parents and teachers based on the latest research in Music Therapy, Music Education, Neuroscience relating to Music and the Brain and Julie’s own research based on internationally recognised Musical Play philosophy.
We offer Musical Play training for Early Childhood Centres and teachers in the junior classroom, helping teachers to develop confidence and skills to use musical play strategies effectively with their children and to use music to underpin all learning within the curriculum.
Our professional development for teachers is based on sound research in Music education and Neuroscience, best practice in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Play Therapy.
Julie Wylie has 30 years experience as a composer, writer, teacher and musical play therapist. She was a high school music HOD teacher, ECE advisor in music education for the Ministry of Education, has been a University lecturer in music education and ECE/music. She is the founder and Director of the music programme at the Champion Centre Early Intervention Trust, at Burwood Hospital Christchurch.
Julie has been a keynote speaker and presented papers and music workshops in many countries throughout the world. Her music resources have won national and international awards. Her musical play classes for children and their families have been internationally recognised.
Our Musical Play team are all highly qualified with graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Music, education, and related fields.
We look forward to helping teachers in your school or ECE centre feel confident and competent in weaving the strands of learning through music and helping the children to understand and use the language of music in their own play.
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