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The Lives That Created Theraplay Presented by Phyllis Booth and Emily Jernberg

July 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT

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The Lives That Created Theraplay Presented by Phyllis Booth and Emily Jernberg

Before there were flipbooks, squeaky pigs, and Therapups, there were two remarkable women – Ann Jernberg and Phyllis Booth – whose life’s journeys led them to each other. Faced with the challenge of how to meet the psychological needs of Chicago Head Start children in 1968, Ann began an innovative treatment program. She invited Phyllis Booth to join her team and they worked together until Ann died in 1993. The result of this collaboration was Theraplay, a model that has changed the lives of children and families around the world.

Join us a half-century later for a conversation with Ann’s daughter, Emily Jernberg, PhD, clinical psychologist, and Phyllis Booth, MA, Emeritus Clinical Director of TTI and author of the 2nd & 3rd editions of Theraplay. They will share the fascinating stories of the people who contributed to Theraplay’s origins.


Phyllis Booth, M. A., is Clinical Director Emeritus of The Theraplay Institute in Chicago. She collaborated with Ann Jernberg in developing the Theraplay method for helping children and families with attachment, trauma and relationship problems. She is the primary author of the third edition of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play, Jossey-Bass, 2010. She received her training at the University of Chicago in Human Development and Clinical Psychology; at the Tavistock Centre, London, under John Bowlby and D. W. Winnicott; at the Anna Freud Centre, London; and at the Family Institute at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She has conducted workshops and training in the Theraplay method for working with children and families throughout the United States, Canada, England, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and South Korea.

Emily Jernberg, Ph.D., is a fully licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan. She provides treatment to children, adults, and families in her private practices in Rochester Hills, MI and in Ann Arbor, MI. She has an emphasis on the treatment of trauma, attachment issues, relationship difficulties, anxiety, and depression and enjoys integrating different types of therapy. Emily is a certified Theraplay therapist and has co-authored articles and chapters, including “Family Therapy for the Family Tyrant” with her mother, the late Ann M. Jernberg, as well as a chapter on combining Theraplay and EMDR with Ana Gomez in Gomez’s book, EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children. Prior to graduate school, Emily was a research assistant for Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., Ed Tronick, Ph.D., and T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. She is grateful to have grown up within the Theraplay world. Phyllis Booth is her godmother and has provided comfort, fun, scintillating conversation, and lots of good books from childhood on.


July 13, 2020
10:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT
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