Sunshine Circles (August 3-4, 2020) Evanston, IL

Trainers: Andrea Bushala

Evanston, Illinois (8:30am - 4:30pm)

Learn how to introduce this amazing social emotional developmental program to your school! This training is designed for teachers and the professionals who support them—social workers, school counselors/psychologists, early childhood specialists and others.  Sunshine Circles can be used with children of any age, but are best known for pre-school/early years classrooms and special education settings.

Sunshine Circles have been getting great results in the districts in which they have been introduced!

Adding Sunshine Circles to your classroom will:

  • Create an atmosphere that is warm, nurturing, engaging and challenging
  • Meet the basic needs of children so they can be freed emotionally to explore their world
  • Promote warm relationships between children and adults and friendships among peers
  • Engage hard-to-reach children
  • Bring fun and exuberance into the lives of children
  • Place emphasis on cooperation between children
  • Encourage children to learn and practice self- control 
  • Enhance trust of others through concrete, personal and positive experiences
  • Help children with regulatory disorders and tactile issues
  • Simultaneously address cognitive, social and emotional development

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy
  • Apply Theraplay principles to group treatment in a school setting
  • Develop skills in using the group rules and group techniques in a school setting through practice
  • Demonstrate how to adapt the use of group Theraplay with various populations
  • Describe how nurturing and regulating physical connection can assist a child to feel calm and more organized in a group setting
  • Describe three techniques for managing resistance and problem situations in groups
  • List a variety of material and activities that are appropriate for the group Theraplay, a modality of play therapy
  • List three strategies for incorporating Theraplay in daily interactions with children in the classroom




$350 Standard (non-members)
$300 Theraplay Association Members
$295 Friend Rate (restrictions apply)

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International Training: 

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Sunshine Circles (August 3-4, 2020) Evanston, IL