Thomas Jefferson University

Department of Counseling & Behavioral Health
Advanced Studies in Child Trauma & Play Therapy Certificate

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Child Trauma and Play Therapy trains exceptionally skilled child and adolescent 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 Certificate prepares graduates to become a Registered Play Therapist™ (RPT).

Program Length

4 courses (1 academic year: minimum one week pre-fall, and fall and spring semester)

Program Format

Hybrid (on campus and online)


Graduate from a clinical mental health program or currently enrolled in a clinical mental health graduate program


Rolling Admission

1 Jun

Deadline FOR FALL
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Classwork can be completed in as little as one academic year, with an intensive four day class to begin the curriculum, and subsequent classes on Saturdays throughout the fall and spring.


CTC is an Approved Provider of Play Therapy Education (APT Approved Provider 20-608)”, which grants play therapy specific education hours for students seeking the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.

Contact Us

Office of Graduate Admissions
East Falls Campus
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497

Phone: 215-951-2943
Fax: 215-951-2907

Program Contact
Sheryl Cooley, Community and Trauma Counseling