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Confused about where you should start?

It may seem overwhelming to start learning about the Theraplay training and certification process, but we want to make sure you have all the resources you need to make the process as easy as possible! While there are many ways to go about your Theraplay education experience, we have laid out what a typical “road map” may look like – starting with attending a Level One Theraplay & MIM training and all the way through becoming a Certified Theraplay Practitioner!


Getting Started

My name is Robin Shannon and I am the Practicum Manager. I can answer specific questions about supervision options, levels of certification or make suggestions about supervision matches. I am also who you will contact to apply for the practicum and I will help keep track of your progress, eventually sending you your certificates. I coordinate practicum cohorts and dyads, coordinate online events, and can assist  with any practicum related technology questions as well.

Educational Requirements
  • A master’s degree or higher in a mental health field specializing in working with children and families
  • Licensure that allows you to work independently

In countries that do not follow the U.S. education and licensing model, applicants will be asked to demonstrate education equivalent to the above: they must work independently and take responsibility for the welfare of their clients according to the rules of their country.

Those who have other qualifications or specialties working with children may earn up to the Foundational level of certification. There is also a practicum for Group Theraplay Practitioners. Please contact us for further information.

Training Requirements

Level One Theraplay & MIM: Complete four day training

Levels of Certification

Practicum students receive recognition of their progress upon completion of each level:

Foundational Theraplay Practitioner
Application fee and 8 supervised sessions:
$1200* OR $400** if using an independent supervisor

Intermediate Theraplay Practitioner
Minimum of 8 supervised sessions:
$1075* OR $375** if using an independent supervisor

Certified Theraplay Practitioner
Minimum of 8 supervised sessions:
$1075* OR $375** if using an independent supervisor

Fees are pay-as-you-go by certificate level, you do not need to commit to completing the entire program. Scholarship funds may be available.
*Fees must be paid prior to undertaking supervision in each level. Upon starting the practicum, all fees non-refundable
**If using an independent supervisor, only the registration fee is required to begin each level of certification. After registration, independent supervisors are paid directly for supervision


Protocol Summary

  1. Complete Level One Theraplay & MIM training
  2. Apply to Practicum
    Send application fee, copy of practicum attestation, license, resume or vita, proof of professional liability insurance and permission from supervisor to robin@theraplay.org. Case materials (MIM and first family session) are sent to your supervisor – we will assign one if you have not made prior arrangements
  3. Complete Foundational Practitioner requirements
    Total of 8 supervised and 32 unsupervised sessions
    Certification requires recommendation of supervisor
  4. Complete Intermediate Practitioner requirements
    8 supervised and 32 unsupervised sessions*
    8th session submitted is considered your Intermediate review and is sent to TTI
    Certification requires recommendation of supervisor
  5. Complete Level Two Theraplay & MIM training
    Can be done at any time during the first half of the practicum
    The training is also open to any Level One graduate; practicum membership not required
  6. Full Certification
    8 Supervised and 32 unsupervised sessions*
    Last session submitted is considered your Final review and is sent to TTI
    Certification requires recommendation of supervisor

*minimum number of sessions required

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