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I have a Bed (foundation phase) and am in my final year of BA Phycological counselling . Is there a course that I can do to bring the 2 together as a career?

My dream is to be able to work with a child holistically. I was thinking to do a course in play therapy to bring the two degree together. Any ideas on to put the two together as a career? E.g. I want 1 thing that covers both. To put both degrees on a business card does not explain what it is that I do.

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Ebony’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Adele,

I am currently an MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist) Trainee here in the US. As I'm sure you know the expectations around licensure vary by state /region so will likely be some nuance. However, hopefully this helps to get you started.

Here in the US, we are expected to complete a Master's level degree which includes approx 360 therapy hours (this is what I am doing now). Once I graduate I will then have the opportunity to submit an application and then serve as an Associate MFT.

I know you're interested in Play Therapy. I'm getting there.. bear with me...

Once I am an Associate MFT then there are several certifications I can pursue. One of those is Play Therapy. There are some programs that would allow me to complete the required learning online but it is additional learning.

I would encourage you to explore education resources provided by organizations serving in the Play Therapy space like this one, the Association of Play Therapy (https://www.a4pt.org/page/EducationTraining).

The above link provides various training opportunities through workshops and courses that you may want to look into.

I hope this helps.
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Gurpreet’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Adele,

If you're looking for a way to meld your love for education and psychology together, there are a lot of options out there for you! Some careers include school psychology, being a school councelor, and therapy (art and play therapy are good options). I found this resource that you may find helpful that lists out some of the careers and things needed to get there : https://www.gvsu.edu/cms4/asset/92386C7F-BF75-96ED-67D9FAA81701D122/careers_with_children.pdf

I hope this answered your question!
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