Supervision & Certification

 Undertaking the Theraplay Practicum has been life changing."

–Jenny Van Dyk (Practicum Student of the Month)

Meet Practicum Student of the Month: Jenny Van Dyk

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 I started working with children 23 years ago when I arrived in London from South Africa as a newly qualified social worker and worked as a Child protection social worker. I then found a wonderful job working as a project manager for, Chance, UK an early intervention mentoring scheme (modelled on the Big Brother idea) for 5-10 year old children on the child protection register. Here, I trained extensively over 3 years in Solution Focused Brief Therapy taking courses with Steve De Shazer, Matthew Selekman and Michael White.  Using a strengths-based approach with troubled families was controversial at the time, however I found it to be very powerful and effective and this way of working continues to underpin my approach with families.

After this, I spent 7 years setting up and running a children’s therapeutic service within an adult hospice. I worked with 100s of children who were facing the death of a parent. This work was intense and deeply moving and inspired my clinical interest in parent-child attachment.  Working with pre-bereaved children motivated me to complete a diploma in integrative arts psychotherapy led by Margot Sunderland, as it felt important to offer these children a range of less verbal, creative ways to express experiences impossible to put into words. Here, I also undertook a post grad qualification in child-focused systemic family therapy.

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The Theraplay Supervision Experience

It is said that learning starts with supervision.  Participants in our supervision practicum receive top-quality professional feedback to apply their book learning and classroom training to real life clients.  Theraplay supervision will develop your skills and build your confidence to deal with your most difficult cases.  It will help you feel more comfortable working with parents and with the types of clients that may not have responded to the treatment approaches you have previously used.

Your new Theraplay skills and web directory listing can help build your reputation and your practice as well as provide the best treatment services to your clients. Please see our service mark guidelines.


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Theraplay Group Supervision

At each meeting, a group member shows a video presentation of a Theraplay session. Supervision is provided by Theraplay Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor Donna Gates, LCPC. The meetings are filled with rich, clinical, collaborative discussion and are a great way to increase your Theraplay skills or begin working towards Theraplay Certification. Meetings are typically on the first and third Thursday of the month at 9:30-10:45AM at The Theraplay Institute, 1840 Oak Avenue, Suite 320, Evanston, IL 60201. All mental health professionals who attend must have completed at least the Level One Theraplay & MIM training.  

Fees: $25 to observe, $100 to present a session (1 credit toward certification)

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Our Theraplay Practicum Experience

 I am  in the process of becoming a certified Theraplay therapist and it has been one of the best experiences in my career as a child Psychologist...   read more

I can honestly say that I have had a very positive experience of being part of the practicum, all of the team are excellent with their support and advise...  read more

I am delighted by the capability of my supervisor to help me feel competent and confident about my Theraplay work...  read more

In my work with children and families with emotional, social and emotional difficulties, it has been a fantastic experience and pleasure...  read more

I have found my own supervision experience with The Theraplay Institute to be invaluable...  read more

My Theraplay practicum was a wonderful experience. It provided me with the guidance I needed...  read more


Supervision & Certification