Supervision & Certification

Theraplay® is one of the few evidence-based modalities that encompasses all of the unique issues of the adoption competencies – especially the need to treat the entire family system and focus on the wounds and healing of attachment."

–Bonni Goodwin (Practicum Student of the Month)

Meet Practicum Student of the Month: Bonni Goodwin

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Greetings from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! My name is Bonni Goodwin and I am a Licensed Master of Social Work working as the Counseling Supervisor at Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption. I have completed Levels 1 & 2 of training at The Theraplay® Institute and have received my Foundational Certification in Theraplay®. I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to share some of my journey with Theraplay® and the incredible outcomes of learning the art of this modality.

At my Level One [Theraplay] training in Evanston, IL, I heard about the Training in Adoption Competency (TAC) that the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE). I had not heard anything like this in my years of work in the social services, but I absolutely knew it to be true. Family and after family expressed to me their frustration with how they do not believe previous counselors or therapists understood the issues of adoption and knew very little about how to help the issues they were experiencing. Some even stated that they believed that the techniques used had caused more harm than good in their home. Theraplay® is one of the few evidence-based modalities that encompasses all of the unique issues of the adoption competencies – especially the need to treat the entire family system and focus on the wounds and healing of attachment. Read more... 



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)


2017 dates to be announced.


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