Group Theraplay

Group Theraplay:  Creating Cooperation, Connection and Community for Children in Groups
CEs:  6.5
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Pre-requisite: Level One Theraplay training OR one day What is Theraplay seminar OR purchase Introduction to Theraplay webinar and pass exam OR search for Theraplay on the PESI website!



$250/$200 for Theraplay Association members



Group Theraplay training is for professionals who want to use Theraplay in classrooms, day care, residential settings or with family groups.  Basic knowledge about Theraplay is assumed for the one-day program (see above for prerequisites). A two-day training is available for those who do not meet the pre-requisites. Click here for information about becoming a Certified Group Theraplay Specialist.

Special Features of this training:

  • The training is intensive, interactive and practical
  • It includes the opportunity for each participant to lead a group activity
  • It includes video examples of group work

Learning Objectives for Group Theraplay:

  • Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy
  • Apply Theraplay principles to group treatment
  • Develop skills in using the group rules and group techniques through practice
  • Demonstrate how to adapt the use of Group Theraplay with various populations
  • Describe how touch helps a child to feel more calm and organized in a group setting
  • List three effects of complex trauma on a child’s brain and behavior
  • Describe three techniques for managing resistance and problem situations in groups
  • List a variety of materials and activities that are appropriate for group Theraplay, a modality of play
  • List three essential strategies for successful implementation

Program Content:

  • Principles of attachment theory on an intellectual and experiential level
  • The four Dimensions of Theraplay
  • How to quickly assess which of the dimensions a particular child might need
  • Strategies for incorporating Theraplay in daily interactions with children
  • The importance of touch for children’s well-being and regulation
  • The effects of complex trauma on a child’s brain and behavior
  • Applying Theraplay principles to children’s groups
  • Adapting Theraplay Groups to different populations
  • Leadership skills for implementing a Theraplay group
  • Addressing resistant behavior within Theraplay groups
  • Experiential practices of both being participant and a leader
  • Strategies for successful implementation

Who should attend:

  • School counselors and social workers
  • Special education teachers (Masters level)
  • Clinicians who work with groups of children or family group therapy
  • Early childhood specialists

Daily Schedule:

8:00 am. Check-in and coffee service available
8:30 – 4:30 Start and end times
A one-hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks will be offered

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