Certificate in Filial Play Coaching/Mentoring

Filial Play Coaching Course Programme

Please Note We are not currently running any courses for the Filial Play Coaching Course Programme.

Help parents as well as children

Parents can, indeed should, play an essential role in alleviating the emotional and behaviour problems of their children. It is impractical and unethical for parents to carry out play therapy with their own children. However it is highly desirable that they do use non-directive play, as a part of their parenting skills.

Filial Play Coaching.

The four-day programme is designed for those who have been awarded the Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills qualification after completing the APAC Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills Course in full.

Applicants must also hold at least 100 hours supervised clinical experience of working with children using non-directive play.

The seven-day course is for those who have not previously completed the Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills course.

It provides an opportunity for participants to extend their practice to working with parent/carers and families as well as the children

It is recognised by Leeds Beckett University as a Post Qualifying course.

Successful participants will be able to use the title ‘Filial Play Coach’ on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapies – as accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the AR scheme.

The course programmes will include:

Becoming a Filial Play Coach

A review of the main filial play/therapy models to enable you to develop the approach that suits you best.

  • The differences between coaching and mentoring – there is a current debate as to whether the term ‘Filial Play Coach’ or ‘Filial Play Mentor’ should be used. The course concentrates on coaching techniques but clearly defines and explains how a Coach may develop into a Mentor.
  • Choosing an appropriate coaching model – an exploration of the theories and styles of coaching.
  • How to assess children and parents as being suitable for filial play – the recommended use of two measures for children, according to age and two to determine adult capability and commitment.
  • Deciding upon the optimum programme of coaching for each parent.
  • Agreeing a filial play contract with the parent(s).
  • Helping the parents to set up at home.
  • The coaching of parents in non-directive play skills including the re-orientation required by play therapists.
  • Monitoring the progress of the family.

Course Requirements

In order to obtain your accreditation you need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • 40 Hours of filial play coaching/mentoring (this includes all preparation/assessment sessions with the parent/carer).
  • Satisfactory logging of all filial play coaching/mentoring sessions.
  • Satisfactory recording of notes on each filial coach/mentoring session on the forms provided. This needs to include supervision of parent sessions at home and analysis of parent log.
  • A reflective journal to be completed for all coaching and mentoring sessions (40 entries)
  • Eight supervision sessions with a Filial Play Supervisor who is on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists.
  • Prepare a case study and present at follow-up day.
  • Attend a follow-up day



Filial course – To be held over seven or four days plus one day follow up.

Course Fee

7 Days: €1,200 – for new students
4 Days: €680 – for those who have completed the Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and are existing members of Play Therapy Ireland

Dates: TBC

Venue: TBC

Attendance of a follow up day is also required, the timing of which will be decided by the group.

Follow up Day – For those who have previously completed the training

Cost: €190.00           Date – TBC

Venue: TBC

The course will run from 09.00 – 17.00.

Dates and prices are correct at the time of printing but may be subject to change so please check with the office on (+44 (0)1825 761143) before booking.