Theraplay Level One

Level One Theraplay & Marschak Interaction Method (MIM)

Step #1, required for Theraplay certification
CEs:  26
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Note: Occasionally other trainings such as Group Theraplay are offered in conjunction with this training.
Please check the master schedule.

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$950 for non-members • $925 for Theraplay Association members
$895 Early registration (60 days prior) • $870 Early Registration for Theraplay Association members
$875 Bring a Friend (first person pays in full)
$700 Student Registration (limit two per training; To register as a student submit proof here!)
$125 Optional fifth day of Group Theraplay when available (discounted price for Level One trainees)
$1,800 Cohort option*


*For more information about the NEW Theraplay Training Cohorts option click here or email Robin Shannon at

Trainings outside the U.S have different costs and arrangements. Please contact us for more information.

Special Features of this 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
  • 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

Learning Objectives for Level One Theraplay & MIM:

  • Administer the MIM and analyze it at a beginning level.
  • List 3 goals to be achieved during a MIM feedback sessionwith parents.
  • Utilize the MIM as a guide for treatment planning.
  • Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy.
  • Demonstrate one activity from each dimension: Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge.
  • Describe 3 possible ways of adapting Theraplay treatmentto meet the needs of a child with complex trauma.
  • Describe how to guide parents to participate in aTheraplay treatment session.

Level One training prepares participants to begin using Theraplay Informed Practice in their work.  We recommend beginning with an easier case to get practice and confidence before trying to work with complex families or trauma.  Professional development opportunities to improve Theraplay skills are available, including Level Two training with its modular options.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 a.m. Check-in on first day; coffee service available each day

8:30 – 4:30 Start and end times for days 1-3

8:30 – 3:30 Start and end times for day 4

A one hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks will be offered

Theraplay Level One