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  • Start the 50th(ish) Anniversary Celebration With Us!

    Start the celebration of Theraplay’s 50th(ish) Anniversary and 2020 8th International Theraplay Conference by joining us to celebrate Phyllis Booth on her 94th birthday! Enjoy appetizers, time with Phyllis, drinks, time with Phyllis, games, MORE time with Phyllis, and special drawings, including the chance to share the table with Phyllis at the 50th(ish) anniversary celebration at the 2020 8th International Theraplay Conference! 

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  • International Theraplay Conference in 2020!

    Registration is open for our International Theraplay Conference, July 9-10, 2020 in Evanston, IL. Keynote speakers include Bessel van der Kolk and Melanie Chung-Sherman. We will also be celebrating Theraplay's 50th(ish) Anniversary and have other fun evening activities to choose from! For more information about workshops and registration CLICK HERE

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  • Evanston DDP Training

    March 2-5, 2020 Dafna Lender will be leading an introductory 4-day course on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, the intervention model developed by Dr. Daniel Hughes. DDP recognizes the vital role which adoptive parents, foster carers and residential workers play as primary attachment figures in the recovery of traumatized, attachment-resistant children The principles and interventions are presented through formal presentations, discussion, videotape of sessions, role-play, and hand outs. For more information and registration CLICK HERE



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    Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

    “Play is a crucial way in which children can open their minds, strengthen their brains, and create spontaneous connections with others without judgement or fear. Theraplay is a time-tested approach that supports children's healthy development of resilience and well-being. Bravo for decades of nurturing children's lives!"


    Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

    "Theraplay is a terrific treatment for disorganized and traumatized kids. I highly recommend your taking the training!"


    Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

    Porges Gains

    "Theraplay is an efficient mode of therapy. Theraplay seamlessly incorporates within a play environment several elements that are shared with models of psychotherapy. From a Polyvagal perspective Theraplay respects the biobehavior state of the child, applies therapist initiated social engagement strategies to trigger a state of safety in the child, and promotes synchronous reciprocal interactions as a neural exercise that increases social flexibility and improves emotion regulation."

    Trauma-Focused Theraplay, Eliana Gil, Ph.D.Eliana Gil, Ph.D. 

    "I cannot say enough about Theraplay.  You have to experience it.  You have to watch what happens to your clients when applied carefully and purposefully.  

    As an integrated clinician, I am eternally grateful for this wonderful technique, deceptively simple, amazingly accessible, and tested over decades with thousands of parent-child dyads.  Its application is without bounds, and my purpose here is to encourage clinicians to think about Theraplay as a therapy of choice for trauma and its subsequent clinical issues."




    Dan Hughes, Ph.D.Dan Hughes Headshot Recent1

    "I highly recommend Theraplay. Based on principles of attachment, Theraplay enables parents and their children—of all ages-- to again experience reciprocal joy and interests, cooperation and delight. This provides them with safety and a sense of closeness which creates a context where ongoing conflicts and worrisome behaviors are likely to decrease."


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