Welcome To

The Play Therapy Ireland

Our site is intended to provide a complete information resource for therapeutic play, play therapy and creative arts therapies. We hope that you will find it useful and enjoy it!

Our site is intended to provide a complete information resource for therapeutic play, play therapy and creative arts therapies. We hope that you will find it useful and enjoy it!

The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (the NQAI) have approved the alignment of the APAC and the National University of Ireland play therapy training awards with the National Framework of Qualifications (the NFQ).

Looking for a play therapist in Ireland?

Affiliated Organisations

Play Therapy International (PTI) Play Therapy Australasia (PTAU)
Play Therapy UK (PTUK) Play Therapy New Zealand (PTNZ)
Play Therapy Hong Kong (PTHK) Play Therapy Canada (PTC)
Play Therapy Singapore (PTSG) & other PTI organisations

The only play therapy courses currently run in Ireland with valid University Post Graduate awards are the APAC courses which are delivered in a collaborative partnership with National University of Ireland and which have been approved by the NQAI as equivalent to HETAC level 9. Please check the status of any play therapy course you want to undertake with PTI on contact@ptiworldwide.org

Introduction to play therapy one day

Are you thinking of a career in Play Therapy? Are you a parent who wonders what Play Therapy is and how it benefits children? Then you might be interested in our one day Introduction to Play Therapy day. Its a packed day that you are guaranteed to walk away with a lot more insight and understanding of Play Therapy as an approach, and what is required from you if you intend to continue on to the Certificate course. You will know if it is for you or not. The cost is €190. Click here for more details about this course. Contact contact@apac.org.uk

APAC has run our MA in Practice Based Play Therapy programme at All Hallows Dublin for eight years, lately in partnership with the National University of Ireland. The announcement that All Hallows will cease recruiting students for their own courses has no impact on our Play Therapy courses which will continue in Cork, Dublin and Galway as normal.

The Play Therapy Ireland website is designed for everybody

The Play Therapy Ireland website is designed for everybody interested in helping children with emotional, behaviour or mental health problems including parents, carers, teaching staff, nurses, care workers, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, play therapists, paediatricians, students etc

A warm welcome from CEO Bernie Kelleher, to the Play Therapy Ireland Website

You can contact Bernie at bbkells@gmail.com or on 087 6694227.

Bernie Kelleher: Garda vetting . For forms or queries contact her on Bernie at bbkells@gmail.com or on 087 6694227.

Bernie Kelleher: Queries re journals contact bbkells@gmail.com

If you would like to attend peer support meetings there are subcommittees around the country. you can contact

Helga Behan for Dublin meetings

sunflowertherapycentre@gmail.com

Marion Connell for Naas meetings

marian.connell1@gmail.com

Linsey Mc Nelis for Galway

ptwestcommittee@gmail.com