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THERAPLAY® with Theraplay Institute

March 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Theraplay® is an evidenced-based, attachment-focused intervention utilising non-symbolic, interactional play to re-create experiences of secure attachment formation between parent and child. Therapist-guided short-term, dyadic therapy focuses on improving the child’s behavioural and emotional challenges through the parent-child relationship. In a session, the therapist guides the parent and child through playful games, challenging activities, and nurturing interactions. Theraplay® helps the child experience previously difficult interactions in new ways, helps overcome fear/ shame, increase trust, and create a positive change in the child’s sense of self. Theraplay® helps the parent be attuned to the child, understand the motives of the child’s behaviour and the underlying needs, manage environmental stimuli, and carefully challenge their child in a safe place. While other therapies may work primarily with the child alone or work with parents on managing the child’s behaviours, Theraplay® has shown that the parent-child relationship is the most powerful and influential element for change. It is also a complimentary approach to Dyadic Developmental Practice (developed by Dan Hughes).

Theraplay® has been used successfully to help:

  • Children with developmental trauma
  • Shy, withdrawn children
  • Overactive, controlling or aggressive children
  • Foster/adoptive children with attachment difficulties
  • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pervasive Development Disorder
  • Children with physical disabilities, developmental delays or those who are non-verbal
  • Children who live in group settings
  • Early childhood students and others who receive services in group settings

You will learn:

  • History, core concepts and evidence base of Theraplay®
  • The four dimensions of Theraplay®. Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge. And see activities for each of the dimensions
  • What the Marshack Interaction Method (MIM) is and how it is used for assessment and treatment planning
  • How to determine when Theraplay® is appropriate for treatment
  • How Theraplay® sessions are planned to meet the individual child’s needs
  • Explore the methods for involving parents in treatment
  • How Theraplay® is adapted for different client populations

This one-day introduction is designed for anyone wanting to know the basic concepts of Theraplay® or considering adding Theraplay® to their practice, refer for treatment, or work with others using Theraplay®.  For those practitioners wanting to use Theraplay® Informed Practice in their work, the four-day Level One Theraplay® & MIM course in May is recommended.  Attendees of the one-day course who go on to register for Level One course may qualify for a discount (please contact us for details)


March 1, 2017
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Compass Seminars
1800 673 385


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