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Level Two Theraplay & MIM | London, UK

November 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT

Three Day Training | In-Person | Trainer: Jay Vaughan

Level Two Theraplay training is intended for therapists who have been implementing the Theraplay treatment protocol within their practice for at least 6 months. It is an opportunity to come together as clinicians and review Theraplay cases, share ideas, and learn from one another’s experience. We will discuss and process in-depth the ways in which we see examples of the four dimensions of Theraplay within our own play therapy cases. We will analyze an MIM together to deepen your understanding of this play therapy assessment tool. We will discuss ways to enhance Theraplay-based work with parents and process the challenges of working with complex parents. We will discuss the ways in which our own attachment histories are present in the play therapy room. We will consider ways in which culture and race impact our Theraplay work and we will discuss and practice adaptations for trauma when using Theraplay. We will discuss and practice ways in which to adapt and engage in Theraplay treatment with special populations (adolescents, ASD, foster/adopt). Level Two Theraplay training is intended to be experiential and discussion-based. You will be asked to share a Theraplay session of your own in order to receive support, feedback, and ideas from the trainer and attendees.

To register for this training, visit Family Futures or send an email to [email protected].



Additional Information


Level One Theraplay & MIM or Module 6, and 6 months of using Theraplay is required before taking this training. 


This is a three day training taking place November 13-15, 2023 from 9:00am-5:00pm each day. 


Day 1

  • 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

Day 2

  • 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

Day 3

  • 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

   – Identity the underlying principles of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy, and their relationship to current attachment and brain research
   – List and analyze the MIM at an intermediate skill level
   – Develop skills in the use of the MIM for play therapy treatment planning
   – Explain how to use feedback sessions with parents to transmit a sense of hopefulness and trust in play therapy treatment
   – Describe play therapy methods for overcoming parental resistance
   – Report 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
   – Relate 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
   – Apply play therapy strategies for dealing with resistant clients
   – State the concept of complex trauma and how it applies to play therapy
   – Recommend 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

Who Should Attend?

People who work with children and families in many different capacities will benefit from training programs offered by The Theraplay Institute. Visit our Who Should Attend page for more information. This course’s Content Level is Advanced.


View this module’s bibliography for books and other materials referenced in the development of the content for this program.


For information about the cancellation policy, questions and concerns, and inquiries about CEs (if available) for any courses taking place outside of the United States, please reach out to the listed registration contact.

Our FAQ information and especially the CE process do not apply to international trainings.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Registration Terms and Conditions


November 13
9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT
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Family Futures 440a Hornsey Road, London N19 4EB

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