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Nurture and Play: A Play Therapy Curriculum for Supporting Caregivers and Young Children

July 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT

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Nurture and Play: A Play Therapy Curriculum for Supporting Caregivers and Young Children

Presented by Hanna Lampi

Nurture and Play (NaP) is a short-term, parent-child play therapy intervention based upon the combination of Theraplay and mentalizing. NaP is appropriate for those implementing play therapy with dyads, families, or groups. It can be used with parents as early as during pregnancy. It is a structured curriculum and one that is easily delivered in a wide variety of settings. It can be combined with other play therapy treatment modalities. The NaP curriculum can be delivered over the course of 4, 6, or 8+ play therapy sessions, depending on the needs of the family and clinical setting. NaP is most appropriate for children ages 0-5. While it can be used to address existing struggles between parents and children, it is best utilized to prevent relationship and developmental challenges for at-risk families.


  • Describe three play-based theories that are the basis for the intervention
  • Explain how mentalization is a key element of parenting in play therapy
  • Incorporate Theraplay-based activities to foster connection between parent and children
  • Demonstrate how attachment can be fostered through play-based interactions


Hanna Lampi, OT, Theraplay Trainer and Supervisor, is a Family Psychotherapist. Hanna graduated from Espoo Polytechnic as a day care nurse in 1990 and worked in a variety of roles in early care and education from 1990-1995. In 2002 she graduated from Helsinki Polytechnic as an Occupational Therapist and began working in the Child Psychiatric Clinic in Helsinki District Hospital. She specializes in occupational therapy for children and adolescents, and currently has her own practice in Espoo, Finland providing Occupational Therapy services, Theraplay, Family Therapy, Nurture and Play intervention, supervision and training. She is a member of the Board of the Finnish Theraplay Association, is currently completing her graduate work in Occupational Therapy, and is studying to become a Psychotherapy trainer.


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10:00-10:35 Discussion of NaP curriculum
10:35-11:05 Explain the importance of mentalizing and how to engage parents in this essential skill
11:05-11:20 Break
11:20-12:00 Explanation of how to foster attachment through play
12:00-12:15 Q&A

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July 14, 2020
10:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT
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