Play Therapy Certificate


The work of healing may begin with play.

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Discover what’s next. With Bethel's play therapy certificate, you’ll enhance your therapy skills and gain the specialized education required to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). By gaining a strong foundation in play therapy techniques and assessment, you’ll prepare to make a difference in the lives of younger generations with compassion, care, and competence.

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Bethel’s play therapy certificate is designed for students with busy lives who want to execute their goals and advance their careers. Featuring flexible schedules, hybrid courses, and experiential training, our certificate will empower you to offer specialized counseling services.

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Program Highlights

Experiential training

Our highly experiential program offers you unique courses taught by expert instructors who are passionate about serving children well.

Ethics-based teaching

You’ll learn to understand the professional and ethical issues inherent to your profession so that you’re prepared to handle them appropriately.

Student success

With flexible schedules, hybrid courses, and regular access to student success advisors, you'll be well supported as you balance your educational and career goals.

Experienced faculty

All of our faculty are Registered Play Therapists and Supervisors (RPT-S). They are well known in the play therapy community and bring their experience and expertise to your classroom learning.

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Play Therapy

Most graduate degree programs don’t provide mental health professionals with the specialized education required to become a Registered Play Therapist. With a play therapy certification, you’ll set yourself apart and learn to serve younger generations with compassion and competence.


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Career Outcomes

Wondering what you can do with a play therapy certificate?

Bethel's graduate certificate in play therapy will equip you with the specialized training necessary to serve children in a variety of settings.


You'll learn how to:

  • Apply play therapy theories and approaches to clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in play therapy assessment and techniques.
  • Apply ethical principles and ethical decision-making to play therapy assessment and practice.
  • Develop sensitivity to cultural, religious, and spiritual diversity throughout the play therapy process.


You'll be prepared to work in:

  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Social and human services
  • School-based therapy
  • Mental health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Private practice
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