Am I required to take all six modules?
You are required to take all 6 modules in order to register for practicum and work towards foundational certification, otherwise no. Completion of a module allows you to state that you have taken a Theraplay course, but you are not considered to be trained in Theraplay at that point.

What is the deadline for completion of all 6 modules in order to enter practicum?
All modules must be completed within a two year time frame of your start in order to enter the practicum.

May I take the modules in any order?
No. Attendance at each module is a prerequisite for the next module.

What is your cancellation policy?
Please review our cancellation policy below.

May I view a recording of the training instead of attending it live?
The training will not be recorded. You must be in attendance for the entire module in order to qualify for continuing education and in order to be approved to progress to the next module.

Do I need to complete one module before registering for the next?
You may register for as many modules as you would like at one time, but you must complete each earlier module before you will be allowed to join the next module.

Are Level One Theraplay & MIM and Theraplay Modules the same?
No. The Theraplay Modules are a sequential learning program that provide a robust foundation for being able to begin implementing Theraplay-based interventions into your work. They are more extensive than attending a Level One Theraplay and MIM training. However, both of these programs will provide the same foundational coursework you need to start incorporating Theraplay-based interventions into your work and in order to enter the practicum.  

Theraplay Module 1 is NOT the same as Level One Theraplay and MIM training.

What is the timeline for development of the Theraplay Modules?
The six Theraplay Modules will be rolled out over a period of several months. New modules will be available each month beginning in August 2020 with both parts of Module 6 available in early 2021.

What are the topics of the Theraplay Modules?

  1. Theraplay Theory and Concepts
  2. Trauma, Shame, and Resiliency in Theraplay
  3. Marschak Interaction Method Administration, Scoring, and Feedback
  4. Incorporating Parents into Theraplay Intervention
  5. Theraplay Treatment Planning
  6. Part A: Theraplay Implementation: Telehealth
    Part B: Theraplay Implementation: In-Person

Will all of the Theraplay Modules be delivered virtually?
Yes, with the exception of Module 6: Part B: Theraplay Implementation: In-Person. This module will have an in-person experiential play requirement.

What if I already have a copy of the book provided in Module 3?
You must contact us at [email protected]theraplay.org prior to completing your registration in order to receive a special discount code to apply to your registration. No refunds will be provided once your registration is complete.

In what countries are the Theraplay Modules available?
Participants may take Modules 1 and 2 from any country.  For Modules 3-6, participants must take them in their home country. If someone from another country where there is not an established country program desires to take a training (beyond Modules 1 and 2), the affiliate country should contact TTI.

Are there Theraplay Modules for Group Theraplay?
After completion of the first six modules, a similar program will be rolled out for those wishing to learn Theraplay-based interventions for group practice. The timeline for this is yet to be determined.

What are the costs of the Theraplay Modules?
The cost of each module is posted in the respective registration pages and vary depending on the number of hours included in each module.

Are continuing education credits available for the Theraplay Modules?
Yes, but only for those holding licenses in the United States. There is an additional fee for these. 

What if I don’t like the modular form of attending training?  Can I switch into Level One Theraplay and MIM training?
Yes.  However, you would not be able to skip any part of Level One Theraplay and MIM training, as the courses are not designed to deliver content in the same order. You would still need to complete the entirety of Level One Theraplay and MIM training.  For the same reason, you would not be allowed to complete half of your training through Modular format and through in-person Level One Theraplay and MIM training.

Can I attend one of the modules if I’ve already attended a Level One Theraplay & MIM training and would like to review the content?
Participants who have completed a Level One Theraplay & MIM program may register to attend any module. Please note that as a previous Level One attendee CEs may not be available for a module. We recommend directing any inquiries regarding CE approval to your accrediting organization for verification prior to adding this option to your registration. You may add CEs to your registration up until the business day prior to the start of the program by contacting TTI.

In the United States and many other parts of the world, Theraplay certification is limited to those with a masters or doctoral degree and a clinical license; the credential earned is Certified Theraplay Practitioner. In other countries that do not have universal clinical licensure, such as the UK, the credential earned is Certified Theraplay Practitioner, and professional accreditation is required. In all countries, those who are not mental health clinicians may attend training and become certified as a Foundational Theraplay Practitioner.

According to the ASWB definitions our training is recommended for social workers as follows:

  • What is Theraplay Seminar?: for Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Level practitioners; contains beginner content
  • Four-Day Level One Training: for Intermediate and Advanced practitioners; contains intermediate content
  • Level Two Training: for Intermediate and Advanced practitioners; contains advanced content
  • Group Theraplay (single-day and 2-day formats): for Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced practitioners featuring intermediate level content

People who work with children and families in many different capacities will benefit from Theraplay training:

  • Psychologists and Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Clinical Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • Play Therapists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Adoption/Post-Adoption Support Counselors
  • Early Childhood and Developmental Specialists

We are. For a full list of accrediting bodies that we are approved by, please visit our Accreditation page.

Theraplay trainings are:

  • Is intensive, active, and rewarding
  • Is limited in number of participants so that each person receives special, individual attention
  • Includes videos of treatment with a variety of clients
  • Provides role play opportunities to practice Theraplay techniques
  • Level Two Theraplay & MIM training provides the opportunity work on specific issues arising from your practice and to exchange ideas with others using Theraplay in a variety of settings

This policy has been updated as of February 15, 2021. 

For online programs (including Theraplay Module 6):

Note that one-time virtual professional development programs, whether live online or pre-recorded, are non-refundable and non-transferable. This includes virtual Level Two programs and web supervisions.

If you are unable to attend a Theraplay module you have registered for, refunds will be granted for cancellations made at least 21 days prior to the training and transfers will be available if The Theraplay Institute office at [email protected] is notified at least 72 hours prior to the start of the program. You may immediately transfer to the next module date if space is available or you will have up to 90 days to apply your funds to the next module program (with the amount held by TTI as a credit). If you do not apply these funds within that time frame, they will be forfeited. You may transfer your registration to another module program date once. 

For in-person programs (including Level 1 hybrid training programs):

Refunds will be granted for cancellations made at least 21 days prior to the training, or the participant may transfer to another program. No refunds will be granted for cancellations made less than 21 days prior to the commencement of a training, but a participant may transfer to another training program. Requests to transfer to other trainings will be honored for up to one year from the date of cancellation (with the amount held by TTI as a credit) and will be subject to rates applicable at the time of the transfer. The transfer option does not apply for no-shows and may only be applied once. If you are unable to attend an in-person training you have registered for, you must notify the office at [email protected] at least 72 hours prior to the start of the program in order to be eligible for a transfer.

For Level One training participants for whom a refund has been approved and you have ordered a Third Edition Theraplay book:

If your book has already been shipped:
– You will receive a full refund minus $65 for the Third Edition Theraplay book or you may return the book (you will be responsible for the shipping fee and will receive a full refund if the book is returned in like-new/resellable condition).

If your book hasn’t yet been shipped:
– You will receive a full refund including the price of the book if you have added it to your registration

For all programs:

These options are not available for no-shows for either in-person or virtual training, and you must notify TTI that you are unable to attend the training a minimum of 72 hours prior to commencement of the training event. If notification is not received at [email protected] by the minimum required deadline, transfers or refunds are not available. If you cancel your registration and log into or attend a program the request for a transfer or refund will not be available.

We reserve the right to cancel any training course, virtual or live, for any reason. Notice will be provided with the option to reschedule for a future course date if available or to receive a full refund of registration fees if TTI cancels a training program.

The Theraplay Institute is not responsible for any expenses (including travel) incurred by registrants if a training course is cancelled or you are otherwise unable to attend. In light of the current global situation, it is highly recommended that you purchase insurance to cover your travel expenses should your plans change.

Transfer credits must be used within the designated time frames for each type of program, but may be applied toward any purchase made with The Theraplay Institute, including media and donations.

Need to cancel? Contact [email protected]

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The fees for each training are included with the course descriptions. All quoted fees are for US/Canada only.

International Registration:

Costs and arrangements for trainings held outside the U.S./Canada differ by country. As a result, we cannot offer online registration at this time. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

The following applies to our US/Canadian trainings run through The Theraplay Institute:

Description of Rates (All quoted fees are in USD):
The available rates for each training are included with the course descriptions.

Member: Full standard rate less discount for being or becoming a member of The Theraplay Association. Please note that membership benefits include training discounts as well as a discount in our media store.

Non-member: Full standard rate for individuals who have not elected to join The Theraplay Association

Combining Discounts: Participants can combine the rates identified above with the “early bird” discount when applicable, but not with any other discount, membership discount or special offer unless specified.

Professional Discount: A professional discount is available for Level One Theraplay and MIM training on a limited basis for those who work in a qualifying work setting. These settings include: a community mental health agency (state-funded Medicaid clients), professionals who focus on working with underserved populations, and/or work predominantly with foster/adopt populations in an agency setting. Please note, once approved, you will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit to reserve your registration. This discount may not be combined with any other offers or discounts.

Student: A student discount is available on a limited basis for full-time students. Please note, once approved you will need to provide current proof of student status.

Barter Program (Evanston only):
An opportunity to offset Level One registration fees by providing onsite setup and cleanup each day. Participants are expected to arrive an hour early and stay an hour after each training day to assist. Non-local participants can reduce their registration fee by 50%. No other discounts are applicable. Local residents willing to volunteer an additional 12 hours of administrative work prior to the training may be able to attend the training at no cost.

Training Fee Includes:
Each registration fee includes all training materials, refreshments and CEs. If you have previously purchased required training materials, a credit may be available.

Training Ratios:
Theraplay training focuses on developing and enhancing skills related to the treatment model. As a result, space at any training will be limited to ensure a training ratio that benefits all participants. We encourage registering for training as soon as possible.

A nonrefundable deposit is required at time of registration. Balance must be paid within 21 days of the training to secure registration. A $50 late fee will be applied to accounts not paid in full within 21 days. Accounts that remain unpaid within 10 days of the start of the training will result in a forfeiture of your registration. Payment can be made online, by phone with a credit card, or by mail with a check (in USD). Please note that your registration is not secured until your check or payment is received by our office.

Refunds minus the nonrefundable deposit will be granted for cancellations made at least 21 days prior to the training. No refund will be granted for cancellation made less than 21 days prior. Requests to transfer to other trainings will be honored for one year from date of cancellation and will be subject to rates applicable at the time of the transfer. The transfer option does not apply for no-shows.

We reserve the right to cancel any training course for any reason at least 30 calendar days in advance of the scheduled course date. Notice will be provided with the option to reschedule for a future course date or to receive a full refund of registration fees. If a training is cancelled in under 30 days due to any unforeseen circumstances such as weather or natural disaster, registrants are entitled to reschedule for a future training course.

The Theraplay Institute is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants if a training course is cancelled.

Once purchased, customers can take full advantage of the benefits of our online educational materials. As such, our webinars are nonrefundable, and all sales are final.

Theraplay Association Membership:
Your $75 membership entitles you to a $50 discount on any training with the exception of the “What is Theraplay? An Overview Seminar for Professionals.” Other benefits include a Theraplay tote bag, 10% discount on merchandise and subscription to The Theraplay Institute newsletter (annual updates on best practices). You may join with your registration to take advantage of the discount. Should you choose to join at a later time, discounts will be applied to subsequent purchases.

Agency memberships are also available.

Book Shipment:
If a book is included in the course, it will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail within five business days of receipt of your registration. We cannot guarantee delivery prior to the training for registrations received later than 10 days prior or for shipping locations from outside the U.S. Please add $10 within the U.S. and $20 to Canada to have your book shipped the next business day after your registration is received. For overnight service and other special shipping requests, please contact [email protected].

For Canadian trainings, books will be shipped directly to the training sponsor for pick up on the first day, unless expedited shipping is included in the registration fee.

Completion Letters:
Completion letters will be issued at no additional charge to each participant who successfully completes the course. Attendance for the full training, as evidenced by the signing in and out each day and completing a course evaluation is required in order to receive a completion letter. Letters may be distributed in three ways:a paper letter passed out at the conclusion of the training; a PDF letter generated online after completing an evaluation and emailed to you; or a pdf letter emailed to you from the Theraplay Institute. Please note that if the online evaluation is being utilized, you will need to complete the evaluation within 2 weeks of receiving the email link to receive your CE letter/certificate of completion for this training at no charge. After that time a service fee will be applied to all CE letter/certificate requests.

Privacy Policy and Information Sharing:
At The Theraplay Institute your privacy and confidentiality is important to us. We understand information is sensitive by the nature of our work. We will never share your information with outside organizations. For more information on our Privacy Policy CLICK HERE

Special Needs:
Please inform us at the time of registration of any special dietary or physical needs that require our attention. The Theraplay Institute respects any physical disability requiring special attention. Whenever possible we will arrange seating or make whatever other provisions we are able to.

Travel Information:
Travel information is available for each U.S. training on the master schedule. We have listed nearby hotels for each training, but please note we do not officially recommend them from personal knowledge.

For trainings at our Evanston headquarters, we offer a Theraplay group rate at nearby local hotels here.

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

Grant Writing Support:
If you are writing a grant to support your own training registration or to bring Theraplay to your workplace, we might be able to provide you with information to support your request. Please contact us at [email protected] to arrange a discussion.

Please feel free to discuss with members of the TTI staff any questions, complaints, or other comments regarding teaching method, content, organization, physical facilities, etc. We will do all we can to respond to your suggestions in this and/or future programs. Complaints may be made anonymously in our suggestion box, in your evaluation after the training, or by contacting our Training Manager, Janet Koestring, at [email protected] or 847-256-7334 X 104.

Our strategic goal is to have a training center in every region of the country—a partner that offers a regular schedule of Level One and Level Two training.  We currently have seven regional centers:

The Theraplay Institute
Evanston, Illinois

Children’s Bureau, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana

Gil Center for Trauma Recovery and Education
Fairfax, Virginia

Juliana Poore Counseling Center
Houston’s First Baptist Church
Houston, Texas

MidAmerica Nazarene University
Olathe, KS

Aurora Mental Health Center
Aurora, CO

Qualified sponsors provide a free venue, AV, and help with organizing and promoting the training in exchange for a scholarship. This option is available only in the continental U.S and requires a minimum of 12 participants. Trainings are open registration and we advertise on our website.

We can also contract with you for a private training for 12-30 participants. This is the only way training is delivered outside of North America, and costs vary by size of training.

If you are interested in bringing a training to your location please contact Mandy Jones at [email protected]

Presentations: For larger groups or conferences, we have presentations ranging in length from 1.5 hours to two days. Content can be customized to fit your needs and audience.

For more information about any of these options, contact us!

We have a deep catalog of trainers in many countries. Learn more about our skilled Theraplay trainers here!

*These may have changed due to the current pandemic. Please make sure you check individual training information to confirm the schedule.

Level One Theraplay and MIM

  • Check-in and coffee service begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Training will begin at 8:30 and end at 4:30 each day, except the last day, which ends at 3:30.

What is THERAPLAY? An Overview Seminar for Professionals

  • Check-in and coffee service begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Training will begin at 9:00 and end at 4:30 each day.

All other Theraplay Training

  • Check-in and coffee service begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Training will begin at 8:30 and end at 4:30 each day.

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