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Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Postgraduate Diploma Play Therapy, Level 7, Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Postgraduate Diploma Play Therapy
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Welcome to the Course

Welcome to your course in the School of Health and Community Studies. Whether you are a new or returning student I am delighted to be able to welcome you into the 2020/21 academic year.

The year ahead will contain successes, challenges, and personal growth for you, and the School’s team of dedicated academic staff and administrators are here to help you to achieve your potential.

The School has a broad range of disciplines in our Health Promotion, Nursing and Healthcare, Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, and Social and Community Studies groups. Our academic teams work collaboratively, drawing on each other’s expertise to support learning, undertake professional practice and consultancy, and deliver internationally recognised, societally impactful research.

Throughout the year ahead please do take time to let us know what you are enjoying and what you find valuable, but also please let us know if there are things we could do differently to improve your experience through feedback to your Course Director, at the School Forum or through module evaluations and surveys.

I wish you every success for this academic year.

Dr Duncan Sharp

Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School

Welcome to your Play Therapy programme where I hope that you will be able to help many children with emotional, behavioural and mental health problems to enable their full potential.

This handbook provides you with information that you should find helpful when you first start your course, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies. You will also receive module details and learning materials for each step of each module as you progress.

Your first point of contact is your Course Director. Please approach your Course Director first if there is anything about which you are not sure, or for help with the course in general. Some of you may encounter unforeseen health or other emergencies in your lives. Please make your Course Director aware immediately when this occurs, so that any extensions or mitigation may be applied for, following University processes.

The course team is looking forward to working with you and we hope that your time studying with APAC at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful.

On behalf of APAC and the whole course team, I would like to wish you well in your studies.

Monika Jephcott

Programme Director and Chief Executive

Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy

Course-specific information

Summary

There have been no changes in the delivery of the course due to Covid-19.

The 15 days of experiential training will continue to be delivered by APAC Course Directors over five three-day weekends at the accredited venues.

All social distancing measures in force at the time, either at a national or local level, will be complied with. This includes the wearing of PPE, as necessary.

Dates for all five weekends of each of APAC’s current courses can be found on the APAC website and we would advise contacting the APAC Admissions Office for further information or if clarification is required.

If your course cannot be delivered as planned at one of APAC’s accredited venues, APAC will contact each student, by email, to advise of the alternative arrangements.

On-going support will be available, as required, from the APAC Course Director by email or by Skype or telephone by prior appointment as well as from the APAC Office by email or by telephone from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.

Further details

This handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this document carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students.

Government and Public Health England guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course at your chosen location may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21. Due to the experiential nature of APAC’s courses, it is not possible to deliver APAC’s courses online. Face-to-face training will continue to be delivered, where possible, in line with any government social distancing measures in force at the time the course is scheduled and amended where government guidance changes. In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, the delivery of your course may be suspended.

In these circumstances, the timetabling of your course will be adjusted so that the suspended weekend(s) will be delivered at the next scheduled weekend(s) and additional weekends will then be added to the timetable to complete the experiential training days at a time convenient for the whole cohort so that no one is disadvantaged.

How we will communicate with you

Should your course be postponed due to COVID-19, you will be contacted by email from the APAC Admissions Office to advise you of the postponement. You will then be contacted by your APAC Course Director who will endeavour to support you during the postponement and will be in touch with proposed dates for rescheduling the sessions.

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you by email from the APAC Admissions Office and updates will be published on the following websites:
https://apac.org.uk/
https://playtherapy.org.uk/
http://playtherapy.org/

Key terms and conditions

Further important guidance for students during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on the Leeds Beckett University web site: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/information-for-applicants-and-students/ This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.

Location of delivery

If your course cannot be delivered as planned at one of APAC’s accredited venues, APAC will contact each student, by email, to advise of the alternative arrangements.

Course Fees

The course fee published for 2020/21 on the APAC website and included in your offer letter has not changed. Other additional costs remain as published in our original Online Prospectus.

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be at an additional cost that students need to consider. Where PPE is an essential requirement for the safe delivery of the course, PPE will be supplied by APAC.

Timetable Information

The course duration will remain as 20 months for the PG Certificate Therapeutic Play Skills and 18 months for the PG Diploma Play Therapy.

Your course will start on the dates notified to you in your joining instruction letter or, if any rescheduling of the course is required, by email.

The 15 days experiential training will be delivered over five 3-day weekends on the dates specified in the joining instruction letter or, if weekends are rescheduled, as notified to each student by email

Policies, Standards and Regulations

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which activities, facilities and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.

Students will be notified of any changes in requirements at the start of each 3-day weekend.

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, in response to Covid-19, we may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances.

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.

Placements

Covid-19 response measures may impact on the arrangements for students to undertake their placements. Placement providers may restrict your access to the play room.

In such cases, students will have access to advice and support from the APAC Course Director and the APAC Office. Further information on placements will be published on the APAC website as and when required.

Professional Accreditation Associated with the Course

APAC will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet the requirements of the relevant professional bodies. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status.

Specific information on applicable professional body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff.

Students will have access to course material through APAC’s Learning Management System (ALMS) on the APAC website: https://www.apac.org.uk/ALMS

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, APAC Course Directors will continue to offer guidance as required and support students to progress with their studies wherever possible.

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from APAC. Students should refer to the following websites:
https://apac.org.uk/
https://playtherapy.org.uk/
http://playtherapy.org/


Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and well-being support that you need throughout your course.

On-going support will be available, as required, from the APAC Course Director by email or by Skype or telephone by prior appointment as well as from the APAC Office by email or by telephone from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library web site which also provides full details of all our services http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/home

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook.

Support from APAC

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your APAC Course Director, the APAC Office and the Course Administrator are there to help you. You also have a Course Administrator at Leeds Beckett who can help with queries.

Range of Support Services Available

If you have any questions, contact the APAC Office by telephone on 01825 761143 or by email to contact@apac.org.uk.

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance. The service contact details are disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need directly with their APAC Course Director.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook.

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook.

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided by APAC on https://apac.org.uk/

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

The Programme Director is Monika Jephcott, mokijep@majemail.com

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your APAC Course Director, the APAC Office and the Course Administrator are there to help you. You also have a Course Administrator at Leeds Beckett who can help with queries.

APAC Course Administration team
Director of Operations Jennie Field contact@apac.org.uk
Portfolio/Marking Nancy McIntosh contact@apac.org.uk

Leeds Beckett
Course Administrator Elaine Sadd e.sadd@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

You will be advised who are your Course Representatives, once they are in place.

In addition to the physical and online resources provided by the library at APAC, you have access to resources via the University’s online library. The Library website (library.leedsbeckett.ac.uk) provides access to resources and information about Library services available to support you.

The Academic Librarians for this course are Kirsty Bower, Maria Kulas, Laurence Morris and Caroline Robinson.

Please contact them at: hcslibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.

The courses are delivered by APAC who will deal directly with any problems and day to day enquiries regarding course delivery, management, organisation and expectations. Leeds Beckett University provides services to support students and quality assures the course.

During the entirety of a course, APAC tutors for each cohort are contactable either by email or by phone with prior appointment.

Clinical Supervisors are responsible for their students’ clinical work and are contactable by email or by phone. Individual arrangements should be made between both parties.

Academic team

Anne Ambler anne.ambler@ntlworld.com

Nina Ambroziak nina.ambroziak.si@wp.pl

Renate Andrews renate.therapy@gmail.com

Alice Arianto Salim alicearianto@yahoo.com

Kanella Boukouvala nelbou@hotmail.com

Susannah Bradley susannah119@gmail.com

Eileen Braham eileenbraham@hotmail.co.uk

Julie Burton julieburton1969@hotmail.com

Janette Casey janettecasey@gmail.com

Amber Cawley acawleyuk@hotmail.com

Chua Lay Har chualayhar@hotmail.com

Natasha Conn playtherapy@theplayworks.com

Ivanka Gregurincic vanka.gregurincic@gmail.com

Sue Harrison sue@playtalk.co.uk

Alun John alunjohn@ymail.com

Aoife Kelly aoifekelly2011@gmail.com

Carolyn Kelly carolynkellyplaytherapy@gmail.com

Joyce Leung joyceleung307@gmail.com

Lauren Lamberton laurenlamberton@gmail.com

Wai Lee Kui kui.wailee@gmail.com

Wonhee Kang wonheemusic@gmail.com

Hilary McFaul hilarymcfaul@sky.com

Lisa Mulheir lisamulheir@stepbystepplaytherapy.com

Karen O’Neill k.o.neill@hotmail.co.uk

Sophia O’Neill sophia@treetopstherapy.org.uk

Dr Pandora Ng Oi Kwan panokng@gmail.com

Rene Ohlhoff rene.ohlhoff@yahoo.co.uk

Sabrina Persiano sabrina@playtherapycentre.co.uk

Rochelle Rajan rochrajan@outloook.com

Dr. Sherine Ramzy sheramzy@aucegypt.edu

Evelyn Saunders evelynsauners03@gmail.com

Dr La Man Julia Shum juliashum515@gmail.com

Avalon Thomas avalon@safespacesplaytherapyco.uk

Katerina Tsimila kat.tsimila@gmail.com

Fidelma Twomey fidelmatowmey@nuigalway.ie

Jessica van Maanen jess_dc_evans@hotmail.com

Beth Wiseman bth.wiseman@gmail.com

The Leeds Beckett Link Tutor for this course is Mike Wragg m.wragg@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

For each module, the module handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you. We will inform you of cancelled classes / activities / course notices as soon as possible.

You must provide APAC with a valid email address OR as a student of the University you will be provided with a student email address, which academic and administrative staff may use to contact you.

APAC and PTUK will use your personal email address. It is an important responsibility for you to check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address. Quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that you also use your student email address to contact University staff. Also APAC and PTUK will contact your personal email address so please ensure that these will be accepted by your email system.

Information on how to access your University email address can be found on the Student IT Support Pages (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mybeckett/emailtimetable).

A further important responsibility is that you inform your course admin team both at APAC and Leeds Beckett University whenever you change your address and contact details. For APAC and PTUK records email contact@apac.org.uk and Elaine Sadd at Leeds Beckett University, e.sadd@leedsbeckett.ac.uk whenever you change your address, or name. You can also update your University contact deails yourself. For University records: select the appropriate link from the My Account tab after logging in on the Current Students web page at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/

Your APAC Course Director or Course Administration department will notify you by email of any changes of class dates, activities, and course notices using the email address held on your APAC student record or in exceptional cases by mobile phone.

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from APAC. Students should refer to the following websites:

https://apac.org.uk/
https://playtherapy.org.uk/
http://playtherapy.org/

Timetable Information

The standard student calendars vary according to the venue and start date. See the APAC website for details: https://apac.org.uk/

Please be advised that while your course may broadly follow these calendar dates, there may be local variation due to religious, national and local holidays. You will be provided with a calendar specific to your course with assessment submission dates at the start of each year of your studies.

Course Overview

The aims of the PG Certificate and the PG Diploma are:

To provide an opportunity for graduates with relevant professional qualifications and for experienced practitioners to study play therapy from both non-directive (PG Certificate) and directive perspectives (PG Diploma) at an advanced level, fostering the knowledge and skills necessary to challenge boundaries at the forefront of the discipline and meet the requirements of Government regulation.

To develop creative and reflective practitioners of play therapy who are able to critically evaluate current research and practice.

To enable practitioners of play therapy to contribute to the further development of their profession through supplying practice-based evidence data.

To enable students to study and explore the field of play therapy in a way that meaningfully incorporates the therapeutic perspective into other types of work with a wider client group.

To provide a postgraduate programme that fills the need for a genuinely integrative approach to play therapy.

To ensure that they work according to ethical principles and within statutory requirements including the Data Protection Act 2018.

To provide students with sufficient skills to obtain work as professional Play Therapy practitioners.

Studying on the course
The PG Diploma course revisits and expands upon the play therapy tools taught in the PG Certificate course to enable you to work with children who have more severe problems, and also to work with groups of children.

New theoretical concepts are introduced including, the Embodiment, Projection and Role framework (EPR), the Play Therapy Dimensions Model (PTDM) and the neurobiology implications for specific conditions.

Students are encouraged to consider working directively as well as non-directively with appropriate clients.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

Develop personal perspectives in the field of play therapy for working with groups of children.

Put into safe and effective practice the competences required for helping children with social, emotional, behaviour and mental health problems for working with individual and groups of children who have any severity of problems.

Apply the techniques learnt, to meet the standards required for a Registrant at the Certified Play Therapist grade/occupation on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, by practising in a safe and effective way using clinical supervision and clinical governance principles.

Gain a greater insight into themselves as practitioners with a wider client base, making informed judgements about current developments in play and creative arts therapies, and apply these in practice and be able to communicate these to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Critically analyse and make informed judgements about current developments in play and creative arts therapies, apply these in practice and communicate these to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Develop personal skills for learning and self-management to pass the course and cultivate the skills which are necessary for success in fulfilling the course aims and learning outcomes. These skills enable students to develop the personal and professional qualities which integrate their studies and research and facilitate the transfer of skills into other personal and professional environments, and include: personal responsibility (ethical awareness, active participation, accountability); self-direction (a reflective, questioning, proactive attitude, taking initiatives based on curiosity; communication at different levels to different audiences, as appropriate; and the IT skills to search for knowledge and evidence, produce documents, charts, statistics, keep and manage confidential records and communicate with others.

Assessment & Feedback

On this course modules are assessed through coursework and a portfolio.

APAC will provide details of the assessment periods in the academic calendar. Please make sure that you are available during those periods. Coursework submission deadlines can normally also be found in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Students with a disability should contact Disability Advice at Leeds Beckett University at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements for assessments and / or examinations.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.

Summative and formative assignments have to be submitted to the responsible member of teaching staff at the specified times and format as detailed in the module handbooks.

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive this.

Formative assessment feedback consists of:
One to one review of the student’s process diary (a written journal in which students examine their thoughts, feelings, growth and personal process throughout the course).
The Course Director/Tutor reviews each student’s progress with the Course Director, and if necessary, the Programme Director if circumstances warrant.
The Course Director’s assessment of the student’s capabilities shown during the experiential part of the course, how they integrate within the group and their application of learnt material, is also provided. Also assessed is the evidence of safe and effective clinical practice, the use of records management and the trainee’s functioning in group supervision.
The clinical supervisor and placement reports.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online/ Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided). If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator. If your profile of marks has been presented to an Examination Board, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your results.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via your Course Director of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director or Administrator for any clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

The key concepts that our students need to understand and internalise on the programme are:
The application of the core theoretical integrative holistic approach. This is the key to safe and effective practice.
The Spectrum of Needs and the Play Therapy continuum, key to the integration of their work with other professionals.
The Axline principles and the PTUK Ethical framework to ensure safe practice.
The principles of efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency to be able to interpret research in the context of play therapy and communicate it to other professionals.
Child protection, risk management and data protection requirements to protect the children.
Child development stages to understand the appropriateness of an intervention and therapeutic medium.
The application of attachment theory.
The principles of clinical governance and clinical audit to quality assure work and identify areas for self-improvement.
The dynamics of therapeutic group work to avoid chaotic practice.
The adoption of a therapeutic decision-making framework to maintain safe practice but increase effectiveness and efficiency of practice.
The use of IT for essential play therapy clinical records management.

The learning methods have a large proportion of experiential work. Students are guided to distinguish between what principles may be used in practice with the children and which are to identify psychological issues within themselves that will lead to unsafe practice and suboptimal clinical work.

There is progression throughout the programme. This starts with the PG Certificate modules, where fundamental skills are acquired for working with individual children who have slight to moderate problems. It continues in the PG Diploma modules in which skills for working with groups of children and those with more severe problems are provided. In the MA, the students create and interpret new practice-based methods to extend the knowledge base of the profession.

Students develop their own cohort-based network and also join PTUK local support groups which include experienced practitioners.

A number of exercises involve presentations both by individual and small groups of students to the whole cohort. Each student has to give a presentation to an external audience. These enable the students to gain professional confidence and celebrate their achievements.

The Programme Director and many of the APAC Course Directors have delivered the programme in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia enabling course materials and activities to reflect a range of cultural perspectives and practices.

Students who display concerns about fitness to practise are mandated to undertake personal therapy using the creative arts. The therapist is required to send a report to the APAC Course Director confirming the fitness to practise before the trainee is allowed to work with children.

Students are given a self-scored Learning Style Inventory questionnaire which obtains reliable measures of the four Jungian psychological/learning dimensions. This has assisted APAC Course Directors and Clinical Supervisors as well as the students to take account of different learning preferences and learning styles.

Level 7 Core Modules
Working Therapeutically with Groups of Children - developing metaphorical play skills at an advanced level
Therapeutic Decision Taking, developing skills for working with more severe problems
Integrating the Therapeutic Tool-Kit with Practice and Research

A standard 20 credit module equates to 200 notional learning hours, comprising teaching, learning and assessment, embedded placement activities and independent study.

The course has three core taught modules and 100 hours of clinical practice. The course is delivered as 15 days taught in five blocks of three days each or 15 days continuous teaching, plus 100 hours of clinical practice. The academic assignments are completed within nine months of the start date. Students then have up to a further nine months to complete their clinical placement work, process diary and case study from the end of the taught part.

Overall Workload in hours

Level 7

Teaching and Learning

66

Independent Study and Assessment

347

Placement and placement related activities

187

Details of teaching staff can be found on the APAC website: https://www.apac.org.uk/Home/Faculty

Attendance & Absence

85% minimum attendance is required in order to successfully complete the PG Certificate and the PG Diploma. Due to the experiential nature of the training in which group dynamics play an integral role, it is not possible for students to miss any part of the course due to pre-existing engagements. In extenuating circumstances, a student may be allowed to miss a day’s training, but a ‘catch-up’ session will need to be undertaken in the student’s own time at an additional expense.
Please note there is not a minimum attendance requirement for the MA Practice Based Play Therapy course.

You must notify your Course Director and the APAC Admissions Department if you are unable to attend a scheduled training day or weekend as soon as you are aware of your inability to attend.

If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence. Please see below (Absence due to Illness)

If you are unable to submit an assignment due to illness, you must provide us with details and any available evidence as soon as possible. Contact Nancy McIntosh for a copy of the appropriate extenuating circumstances form. For more details on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit: Student Mitigation

If you are considering withdrawal from your course you should speak to your personal tutor / academic advisor to discuss your reasons. If there is a problem, staff at your delivery provider or the University may be able to help. It may be possible to arrange suspension of studies from your course.

If you are considering withdrawing, permanently or temporarily, you must complete a withdrawal form, which you can obtain from the administrative staff at your delivery provider. This form must be submitted as soon as possible as withdrawals cannot normally be backdated. For further details see the Student Regulations.

International Students

This is not applicable as the course cannot accommodate applicants requiring Tier 4 visas.

This is not applicable as the course cannot accommodate applicants who require a Tier 4 visa.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Play Therapy UK (PTUK) and Play Therapy International (PTI)

The British Council for Therapeutic Interventions with Children acts as the PTUK accreditation body for the clinical components of the award www.bctiwc.org.

As this course is accredited by the professional organisations PTUK and PTI, students are required to be either Trainee or Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills members of PTUK’s Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). This is to ensure that they observe the Ethical Framework and comply with the standards necessary for the protection of the public.

Once successfully completed both the academic and clinical work, students may upgrade from Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills to the Certified Play Therapist grade/ occupation. The register provides further career path opportunities. The professional award by PTUK is ‘Certified Play Therapist’. Successful students will receive a Certificate of Practice from Play Therapy UK and the Register grade of ‘Certified Play Therapist’.

In 2020/21 APAC will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet the requirements of the relevant professional bodies. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status.

For current Covid-19 advice from PTUK and PTI, see here: https://playtherapy.org.uk/ and http://playtherapy.org/

'In Year' Work Placement Information

Clinical work is an essential component of the course with a 100 hours requirement. Clinical supervision is mandatory at a ratio of one hour for every six hours of practice. Clinical work is practised in a placement which may be in the student’s current job. Clinical Supervisors have to conform with PTUK standards and APAC’s requirements for the course. Students have to ensure that their employers or placement organisations agree to an appropriate contract. The main setting for clinical work is primary schools but may also be in special needs schools, nursery schools, primary health care, CAMHS teams, other social work, hospitals, care homes, adoption and foster care services.

The length of the placement is required for a minimum of 18 months to complete the clinical course requirements working with children with severe problems. This means that in general clients are seen for a minimum of a year. For the PG Diploma, this typically entails six clients a week maximum. Each session will take 60 minutes of which 40 minutes are spent counselling the client and 20 minutes in self-reflection, personal processing, record-keeping and restoring the room for the next client. The placement hours should be completed within 18 months of the course start date.

Student choice with APAC’s overview.

Covid-19 response measures may impact on the arrangements for students to undertake their placements. Placement providers may restrict your access to the play room.

In such cases, students will have access to advice and support from the APAC Course Director and the APAC Office. Further information on placements will be published on the APAC website as and when required.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

The PG Diploma course revisits and expands upon the play therapy tools taught in the PG Certificate course to enable you to work with children who have more severe problems, and also to work with groups of children.

New theoretical concepts are introduced including, the Embodiment, Projection and Role framework (EPR), the Play Therapy Dimensions Model (PTDM) and the neurobiology implications for specific conditions.

You will be encouraged to consider working directively as well as non-directively with appropriate clients.

You will also be exploring ways of integrating the child as the centre of a social system, which includes schools, families, and team of support. Systemic aspects are considered including your role as an advocate for children who have become part of the Justice system.

The course includes the support you need to become a fully autonomous, evidence based, reflective Play Therapist.

Students will continue to learn through working with other members of the course, as well as during their practice with children, about the roles and responsibilities of the therapeutic relationship. There will be tutorials on theory but formal teaching and lecturing will be kept to an essential minimum.

Learning will again be mainly experiential and collaborative using pair, group work, role-play and case presentations. More emphasis is placed on written work including an essay, a project plan and implementation portfolio. These items are excellent preparation for a MA dissertation, if you wish to proceed to this stage.

As this course is accredited by the professional organisations PTUK and PTI, students are required to be either Trainee or Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills members of PTUK’s Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). This is to ensure that they observe the Ethical Framework and comply with the standards necessary for the protection of the public.

Once successfully completed both the academic and clinical work, students may upgrade from Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills to the Certified Play Therapist grade/ occupation. The professional award by PTUK is ‘Certified Play Therapist’. Successful students will receive a Certificate of Practice from Play Therapy UK and the Register grade of ‘Certified Play Therapist’.

Graduates are qualified to practise as a Certified Play Therapist at an advanced level in a number of settings (schools, primary care, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (NHS services)) teams, care homes, adoption and fostering agencies, hospitals, social services) with individual and groups of children to alleviate multiple problems up to the severe category. Graduates may apply to train as a clinical supervisor followed by training as a Play Therapy Trainer. Graduates are qualified to set up as an independent private practitioner.

Other post-qualifying courses accredited by PTUK include ‘Certificate in Play and Creative Arts Supervision’, ‘Certificate in Filial Play Coaching’, ‘Therapeutic Sandplay Skills’ , ’Story Play’ and ‘Working with young people using talking therapy skills’. There is also a range of accredited short CPD courses.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your APAC Course Director, the APAC Office and the course administration team are there to help you. You also have a Course Administrator at Leeds Beckett who can help with queries, see the Key Contacts section above.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first enrol at the University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

During the entirety of a course, tutors for each cohort are contactable either by email or by phone with prior appointment.

Clinical Supervisors are responsible for their students’ clinical work and are contactable by email or by phone. Individual arrangements should be made between both parties.

The APAC Office and Programme Director are also contactable by email or phone as appropriate.

In addition to the support provided by your Course Team, Course Director and APAC, the Student Hub can help with a broad range of enquiries including: funding and money advice, being an international student, disability, counselling and wellbeing support, student cards, accommodation, fee payments, support from the Students’ Union, how to access on-line services, getting help with your CV, preparing for an interview, careers guidance and getting a part-time job. Details of these and other services are available at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub

The Student Hub telephone number is 00 44 (0)113 812 3000 and the e-mail address is StudentHub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

They work closely with the course team, the Students’ Union, all University Services and external organisations to make sure that if they don’t have the answer to your question they will know who will

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:

· epilepsy, diabetes and IBS

· depression, anxiety and eating disorders

· dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D

· Autism Spectrum Conditions

· Mobility difficulties

· Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course.

www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/disability-advice.

Leeds Beckett University online library and learning resources

In addition to the physical and online resources provided by the library at APAC, you will have limited access to resources via the University’s online library. The Library website (library.leedsbeckett.ac.uk) provides access to resources and information about Library services available to support you.

Help and Information Points

If you have any questions about using the library, you can get help:

• online: library.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/contact-us

• by phone - 0113 812 1000 (including 24/7 IT support).

All course material and necessary documentation is provided on the APAC resource system called ALMS and on the PTUK members website www.playtherapy.org.uk

On becoming a member of PTUK you will be required to use the Fortuna Record Management System. Details will be provided by email from APAC’s Fortuna Team at the start of the course.

The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity).

We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.

Email: suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

http://www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice

You have the opportunity of becoming an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives.

The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:

  • acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
  • gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
  • enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
  • working with the Course Director and members of the course team to enhance your course;
  • facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
  • being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the Student Hub web site and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

Resources

Students will have access to course material through APAC’s Learning Management System (ALMS) on the APAC website: https://www.apac.org.uk/ALMS

APAC provides the specialised play therapy training equipment and materials for each venue, and arranges audio-video support for teaching. APAC has in place, at each venue, specialist play therapy training equipment including:
Sandtrays and approx. 2000 objects
Art: painting and drawing materials
Water
Craft materials, scissors, staplers, glue
Clay and plasticene
Puppets
Block bottom bags
Picture postcards
Miniature handbags
Musical instruments
Dressing up clothes
Data projectors and audio visual equipment.
Free records management software (Caerus) provided by PTUK

Please note in 2020/21, there may be Covid-19 restrictions with regards to the use of these physical resources.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and nominated Student Representatives to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your course representative or directly with your personal tutor / academic advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about your course, you should initially follow the complaints procedure of your delivery provider.

If this does not resolve the matter, then you should make a formal complaint under the University's Student Complaints Procedure. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages.

General Information

Postgraduate Diploma Play Therapy

For students who do not pass the placement and who achieve 60 L7 credits, there is a contained award ‘PG Diploma Play Therapy Studies’ (for students who enrol prior to September 2020) or ‘PG Diploma Play Studies’ (for students who enrol from September 2020). This contained award defines no clinical competence.

Leeds Beckett University

Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy

Level 7 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 60 credit points at level 7 of the Higher Education Credit Framework (this is a 'top-up' diploma for graduates of the PG Certificate)

The course is only delivered part-time.

Academy Play and Child Psychotherapy (plus location of any work placement, if applicable).

Venues are organised by the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy

Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills

Course Fees: £3150.00

University Registration Fee £ 370.00

Trainee Membership Fee: £ 60.00

Supervision (18 sessions per year approx.) £40 - £ 50 per session

Other costs:

Laptop

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Registration with ICO

Books

Play Therapy Tool Kit

Personal Therapy if required to attend

Costs of “catch- up” sessions in the event of unexpected absence

Diploma in Play Therapy

Course Fees: £3250.00

University Registration Fee: £ 370.00

Practitioner Membership Fee: £ 130.00

Supervision (18 sessions per year approx.) £40 - £ 50 per session

Other costs:

Laptop

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Registration with ICO

Books

Play Therapy Tool Kit

Personal therapy if required to attend

Costs of “catch- up” sessions in the event of unexpected absence

MA in Practice-Based Play Therapy – On-Line Blended Learning

Course Fees: £ 3400.00

University Registration Fee: £ 370.00

Other costs:

Laptop

Books

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page

• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page

• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

The course follows the Academic Regulations except where noted below.

Contained award

For students who do not pass the placement and who achieve 60 L7 credits, there is a contained award, ‘PG Play Therapy Studies’ (for students who enrolled prior to September 2020) or ‘PG Diploma Play Studies’ (for students who enrol from September 2020). This contained award defines no clinical competence.

Attendance requirements

There is an 85% minimum attendance requirement for each module in order to meet professional body requirements. Students must not miss a part of any theme (major subject area) of a module, as each theme is a crucial part of the set of competencies required by PTUK for professional accreditation.

Assessments

All components of assessments, including practice, and modules must be passed to achieve the award to meet the requirements of the professional body.

Fitness to Practise

The course is subject to the University’s Fitness to Practise Policy & Procedure: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/policies/student/ups_fitness_to_practise_policy_procedure.pdf

If a concern is raised by the student or someone else during the course about a student’s professional suitability or fitness to practise, this will be considered initially by the APAC management, with reference to the Play Therapy UK’s Ethical Framework for Play Therapy and Filial Play.

Fitness to practise encompasses both student conduct and health in determining a student’s professional suitability for future registration as a practitioner with Play Therapy UK or Play Therapy International.

Concerns about a student’s fitness to practise will be acted upon promptly in order to provide support to the student and, where appropriate, to protect the public.

Students who display concerns about fitness to practise are mandated where appropriate to undertake personal therapy using the creative arts. The therapist is required to send a report to the Course Director confirming the fitness to practise before the trainee is allowed to work with children.

If the concern cannot be resolved satisfactorily by the APAC management, then the student will be referred to the University under the University’s Fitness to Practise Policy and Procedure.

Students are advised about Play Therapy UK’s fitness to practise requirements as a student and for registration as a practitioner at the start of the course.

Additional guidance provided by APAC for successful completion of this award

It is compulsory that students maintain current registration with their professional body, Play Therapy UK, as they continue with the PG Diploma course. On demonstration of the attainment of competence in line with PTUK Competency Framework they will attain the appropriate PTUK Register grade. This requires a total of a further 100 supervised hours worked with children in play therapy and documentation thereof. All client cases must have SDQs and casework summary forms showing Pre and Post (or interim) scores. Average of 5/6 clients per week (special permission required from Tutor and CEO to do more and more supervision will be required) for the PG Diploma stage. Professional standards are assessed and quality controlled by PTUK. Whilst this is a professional requirement, students will only gain the associated academic award at Leeds Beckett once confirmation has been received from APAC that the professional requirements have been met. In the event of a student not being able to complete the professional requirements, the Examination Board may consider if the requirements of the contained award have been met. Students who receive a contained award are not eligible to progress further in the Play Therapy programme.

For professional registration purposes, you are obliged to pass your practice placement, have a satisfactory report from your clinical supervisor, placement organisation and complete the stipulated number of practice and supervision hours. You should note that all assessed clinical work will be dealt with according to PTUK Assessment Procedures and will be pass/fail grade only.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

Dr Sarah Parry, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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