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Level One Theraplay® & Marschak Interaction Method Training

Theraplay® and the Marschak Interaction Method are combined in this Theraplay Institute approved four- day intensive training conducted by Certified Theraplay® Trainers.

  Cost:  €900 

     Theraplay® is a short-term, therapist-guided play therapy for children and their parents/caregivers that:

  • Enhances attachment, self-esteem and trust in others through joyful engagement
  • Is based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child
  • Focuses on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Nurture, Engagement and Challenge
  • Creates an active and empathic connection between child and parents
  • Results in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable, and of relationships as positive and rewarding

The Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) is a structured technique for observing and assessing the interaction between caregivers and child. The MIM:

  • Consists of a series of simple tasks which the caregivers and child perform together
  • Is used to evaluate the caregivers’ capacity to:
    • Set limits and provide an appropriately ordered environment (Structure)
    • Engage the child in interaction while being attuned to the child’s stage (Engagement)
    • Meet the child’s needs for attention, soothing and care (Nurture)
    • Support and encourage the child’s efforts to achieve at a developmentally appropriate level (Challenge)
    • And the child’s ability to response to the caregivers’ efforts.
  • Is a valuable tool in planning treatment and determining how to help families strengthen their relationship

Who should attend?
This training is designed for professionals with comprehensive knowledge and background in child development or psychology including:

  • Play Therapists
  • Psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Counsellors
  • Family Therapists
  • Teachers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech and language Therapists
  • Adoption/Post-Adoption Counsellors
  • Early Childhood & Development specialists

Special Features of Theraplay Level One Training

  • Using video, we feature demonstration of treatment of a real client family including the MIM assessment, feedback to the parents and several Theraplay sessions
  • Attendance is limited to no more than 30 so that you’ll have a chance to get your questions answered
  • We require one trainer for every ten participants to help make the experience as personal and rewarding as possible
  • The training is interactive, intense and practical—you’ll leave with the knowledge and skills to begin using Theraplay in your work
  • It features video of Theraplay treatment with many different clients in addition to the demonstration family
  • The training includes interactive sessions to practice a variety of Theraplay activities
  • The training concludes with the creation of a treatment plan for one of your own clients and a chance to practice it for feedback

Theraplay® has been used successfully to help:

  • Foster/adoptive children form secure attachments
  • Children who are trauma victims
  • Shy, withdrawn children
  • Overactive, controlling or aggressive children
  • Children with autism/PDD
  • Children who are physically or mentally challenged
  • Children who live in group settings
  • Head Start, pre-school students and older children who receive services in group settings

Learning objectives include:

  • Skill development in the differentiation and use of the four Theraplay® dimensions: Structure, Nurture, Engagement and Challenge.
  • How to administer and analyze the MIM
  • How to conduct feedback sessions with parents
  • How to use the MIM as a guideline for treatment planning
  • The relationship of Theraplay® to current attachment and brain research
  • How Theraplay® is used to meet the needs of children with behaviour problems, foster and adopted children, children with autism/PDD, older children, and traumatised children
  • Methods for guiding parents to observe their children more empathically and participate in treatment sessions aimed at fostering better parent-child attachment.

Required Reading: Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play, Third Edition, 2010, by Phyllis B. Booth and Ann M. Jernberg. Chapters 1, 2 and 4 should be read prior to the training. This book may be purchased on-line and shared by members of the same team.

Watch short video!  What is Theraplay?