Advanced Studies in Child Trauma & Play Therapy


  • East Falls Campus
  • College of Health Professions

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Length

4 courses (1 academic year:  fall and spring semester)

Program Type

  • On Campus

Contact Us

Name: Community & Trauma Counseling
Department: Jefferson - East Falls Campus

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Program Contact

Name: Sheryl Cooley
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The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Child Trauma and Play Therapy trains exceptionally skilled child, adolescent, and family therapists who are uniquely equipped with trauma competencies and knowledge, coupled with play therapy techniques and applications to support the health and emotional wellbeing of children and families. The Certificate consists of four classes (for credit or continuing education) designed for professionals who have already earned a graduate degree in counseling or a related mental health discipline or for students currently enrolled in a clinical mental health graduate program.

The Community and Trauma Counseling program is an approved provider of Play Therapy Education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider 20-608). The hours in the program flyers and descriptions reflect hours of play therapy specific education and, combined with supervision and play therapy experience, contribute to an individual’s progress towards the Registered Play Therapist™ credential.  Learners should consult the Association for Play Therapy for more information about accessing play therapy supervision to accompany the hours of play therapy specific education.