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Module 6: Theraplay Application & Role Play

January 31, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm CST

CEs Available: 9.5      |     Prerequisite: Module 5     |     Two Day Training      |     Virtual and In-Person

Theraplay® is a child and family modality of play therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. Theraplay involves the parents in play therapy an immediate and positive way.  The involvement gives them experiences of success and pride in their children so they can feel motivated to support them through the play therapy process. Through work with the parents, including helping them develop empathy for their child, conveying practitioner empathy for them, and building their confidence in their parenting capacities, practitioners can support long-term change in the family system.  This four-hour training is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of working with a wide range of parents and caregivers using the Theraplay model. For more information and learning objectives for Theraplay Module 6: Theraplay Application and Role Play visit this page.

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Additional Information


This is a hybrid training split between virtual and in-person days. The virtual day is January 31, 2022 from 9:00am – 1:30pm Central time and the in-person day is February 18, 2022 from 9:00am – 4:00pm Central time. View this module’s detailed agenda.


Andrea Bushala, MSW, LCSW, RPT – Andrea obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago with a dual specialization in School Social Work and Children and Families. In addition to Theraplay, Andrea is trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychology, narrative work and art therapy techniques. Andrea is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Group Theraplay Trainer and Supervisor-in-Training.

  • Using video, trainers demonstrate treatment of a real client families
  • The training is interactive, intense and practical—trainees will leave with the knowledge and skills to begin work with parents using play therapy to address complex family system issues
  • It features video of Theraplay treatment with many different clients in addition to the demonstration family
  • The training includes interactive sessions to practice a variety of way to support parents in the therapeutic process.
  • The training concludes role play as parents, as well as practitioners, to provide an embodied experience of the theoretical learning.
  • Trainees will see how to adapt Theraplay for video therapy, focusing on the important role that parents play as the cofacilitator of the therapeutic process

Learning Objectives
    1. Identify and deliver play therapy activities based on all four Theraplay dimensions
    2. Judge if a family is appropriate for Theraplay delivered via telehealth play therapy
    3. Name four ways to prepare yourself and the family for Theraplay Telehealth sessions
    4. Indicate ability to create a complete play therapy session plan based on specific clients
    5. List at least three play therapy activities that support the four dimensions (Structure/Engagement/Nurture/Challenge) in Theraplay Telehealth sessions
    6. Name at least three play therapy activities that support Structure in Theraplay In-Person sessions
    7. Recite at least three play therapy activities that support Engagement in Theraplay In-Person sessions
    8. Identify at least three play therapy activities that support Nurture in Theraplay In-Person sessions
    9. State at least three play therapy activities that support Challenge in Theraplay In-Person sessions
    10. Demonstrate ability to guide parents through the four dimensions in an In-Person session
    11. Integrate the ability to plan and lead a full Theraplay In-Person session

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 Intermediate.


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


For information about our CE process, cancellation policy, and how to contact us with questions and concerns visit our FAQ page.

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

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January 31, 2022
9:00 am - 1:30 pm CST
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