Donaldson Adoption Institute considers Theraplay an Adoption Competent Specialized Treatment.
The Donaldson Adoption Institute’s mission is to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption through sound research, education and advocacy that improves laws, policies and practices.
This report describes one of the most frequent complaints from members of adoptive and first/birth families: the inability to find psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other practitioners who understand the unique adoption issues that can affect identities and relationships, recommending that mental health professionals receive more and better training to address the need for adoption clinical competence. Author: David Brodzinsky Published: August 2013
“Given that early trauma and relationship disruptions are so common in the lives of many adopted persons, specialized training to treat these problems is important for adoption clinical professionals. Over the past few decades, a number of evidence-based and promising practice interventions have been developed and utilized with traumatized children and adolescents, as well as with those experiencing complex loss and grief. Some of these have been evaluated with samples of foster or adopted children, while others have been evaluated only with general clinical samples. When seeking help for their children, adoptive parents would be well advised to determine whether the clinicians they are working with have expertise with one or more of these intervention models.” P. 27
Theraplay is listed as one of only 10 modalities that qualify.