Level Two Theraplay & MIM (September 21-23, 2020) Hay-on-Wye, UK

Trainers: Dr. Vivien Norris


Hay-on-Wye, UK

For registration information please contact training@thefamilyplace.co.uk or visit www.thefamilyplace.co.uk 

Prerequisite: Level One Theraplay & MIM

Registrants should have experience using Theraplay in their work before attending this training.

This course is required for full Theraplay certification

Module #1: Core Concepts In-Depth and MIM Skill Development

This module will focus on several examples of MIMs and their interpretation to improve your comfort and skill in administering and interpreting this assessment.

  • In-depth application of the core concepts of Theraplay and current relevant research to case material 
  • Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) by Dimension: an in-depth analysis using case examples
  • Observation and analysis of MIM using case material
  • The Parent feedback session: preparation and implementation to enhance the therapeutic relationship with caregivers

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the underlying principles of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy, and their relationship to current attachment and brain research
  • Administer and analyze the MIM at an intermediate skill level
  • Develop skills in the use of the MIM for play therapy treatment planning
  • Describe how to use feedback sessions with parents to transmit a sense of hopefulness and trust in play therapy treatment

Special Features:

  • Time permitting, you may share one of your complex or interesting MIM’s for group discussion.
  • Actual case material will be utilized  through video to enhance your learning experience

Module #2: Working with Parents and Building Your Theraplay Skills

This module will help improve the breadth of your Theraplay skill set to bring your Theraplay work to a higher skill level.

  • Assessment of complex parents using case material: clinical decision making related to contraindications for Theraplay
  • Working with caregiver’s attachment history in Theraplay treatment planning, feedback sessions and progress
  • Implementation of the parent demonstration session
  • Managing resistance throughout the treatment process
  • Managing countertransference in your work  with children and families
  • Role play and practice of activities

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe play therapy methods for overcoming parental resistance
  • Describe factors that influence the decision of whether to include parents in play therapy treatment sessions
  • Demonstrate how to use a wider range of Theraplay activities and techniques
  • Describe how to adapt Theraplay, a modality of play therapy, to work with a wider range of populations, such as children with autism and older children
  • Describe play therapy strategies for dealing with resistant clients

Special Feature of this Training:

  • The training will include lots of practice and a wide range of video examples

Module #3: Adapting Theraplay to Work with Trauma and Complex Families

If you work with children who have been traumatized, have attachment disorders or complex families we highly recommend that you attend this program.  It will help you sensitively adapt Theraplay to work with this population.

  • Developmental trauma and Theraplay: Clinical decision making
  • Adaptation of activities for clients and families impacted by trauma
  • Engaging caregivers with their own trauma history in treatment process
  • Integration of Theraplay with other modalities to meet the needs of children and families
  • Adaptation of activities for different populations

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the concept of complex trauma and how it applies to play therapy
  • Describe three modifications to Theraplay, a modality of play therapy, to meet the needs of traumatized children
  • Assess when to use Theraplay in the overall play therapy treatment course of a client
  • Describe how to adapt treatment to meet the needs of parents who may have been traumatized

Special Features of this Training:

  • Actual case material will be utilized through video to enhance your learning experience
  • Participants will practice Theraplay modifications for trauma
  • Participants will develop and practice a treatment plan for one of their traumatized clients
  • Actual case material will be utilized  through video to enhance your learning experience

Please take time to review and understand our  Registration Info & Terms


Included in Level Two Training

Each module will include at least one case presentation.  Making a case presentation is not required, but is an option if you would like to receive supervision.

NEW! Level two is modular!  You may register for one, two or all three days.  Completion of all three days is required for certification.  However, you may complete them at separate trainings or, if you don’t intend to pursue certification, you may attend only the modules that interest you.

Please note:  Modular registration is available in the United States only.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 a.m. Check-in on first day;
Coffee service available each day

8:30 – 4:30 Start and end times

One-hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks are offered daily.

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