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Accelerate Theraplay Progress Using Video Feedback Techniques

November 3, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT

CEs Available: 3  (no APT or APA credit available)   |     One Day Training      |     Virtual

Reviewing videos of parents interacting with their children is a powerful means of working with families. The use of video enables therapists to “slow down the dance” between parents and children to uncover reflexive patterns that are often unconscious for parents. Video review with the therapist as a trusted guide, allows parents to take a step back from the parent-child relationship and look at what is happening in it with more objectivity, curiosity, and compassion.

Video analysis is already part of both the Marschak Interaction Method and Parent Only Sessions in the Theraplay treatment protocol. However, Video Intervention Therapy techniques provide innovative and impactful new ways to use parent-child videos as part of the Theraplay treatment process. This workshop will explain 7 steps of video analysis and give specific ways to use video with families to deepen therapeutic work, advance parent mentalization capacity and expedite treatment progress. Participants will begin using newly acquired information and skills immediately by having the opportunity to analyze parent-child dyad videos in the workshop.





Additional Information


This virtual program will take place from 11:00am to 2:00pm Central time on November 3, 2022. 

1. Use of video in the development of attachment theory (10 minutes) and the relevance to our work today

  • Rene Spitz
  • James and Joyce Robertson
  • Mary Ainsworth

2. Using video to work with families (30 minutes)

  • Why use video?
  • Typical Theraplay videos
  • Other types of videos
  • Presenting the idea of video use to families
  • Making and obtaining videos

3. Basic video analysis (110 minutes)  *this section to include showing case videos for participants to analyze*

  • Micro-analytic versus global video analysis
  • Patterns to look for in the video
  • Discussing the video with a family
  • Practice of video analysis
  • Role play of talking with a family about a video (20 minutes)

5. Final questions and wrap up (10 minutes)


Karen Doyle Buckwalter, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S, is Director of Program Strategy at Chaddock, a multi-service agency providing a range of residential, educational, and community-based services for youth, birth through age 21, and their families. Karen has been a Certified Theraplay Trainer and Supervisor for over 20 years.

Summary Points
  • Understand the importance of using video in attachment-based work
  • Determine what clients are best suited for Video Intervention Therapy
  • Determine what types of interactions to make videos of for Video Intervention Therapy
  • Execute the steps in making a video
  • Learn specific Video Intervention Therapy skills that will enhance video feedback during the Theraplay treatment process
  • Use video to maximize parent engagement throughout the therapy process

Learning Objectives
  1. Describe 2 ways film/ video informed the development of Attachment Theory.
  2. Explain 2 reasons use of video analysis in Theraplay offers a unique opportunity for therapeutic intervention.
  3. Name 2 specific levels of looking at a Marschak Interaction Method or a Theraplay session video through the lens of Video Intervention Therapy.
  4. Give 1 example of a behavioral change that could be made by a family as part of the analysis of a Theraplay video feedback 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.


Downing, G. (2020). An Unusual Window: A Discussion of “A Patient Who Does Not Look: A Collaborative Treatment with Video Feedback”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(4), 499-505.

Leyton, F., Olhaberry, M., Alvarado, R., Rojas, G., Dueñas, L. A., Downing, G., & Steele, H. (2019). Video feedback intervention to enhance parental reflective functioning in primary caregivers of inpatient psychiatric children: protocol for a randomized feasibility trial. Trials, 20(1), 1-10.

Sacchi, C., Facchini, S., Downing, G., & Simonelli, A. (2020). The Primary Care-Video Intervention Therapy for Growth-Vulnerable Infants. A Case Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(5), 1796.

van der Asdonk, S., Cyr, C., & Alink, L. (2021). Improving parent–child interactions in maltreating families with the Attachment Video-feedback Intervention: Parental childhood trauma as a moderator of treatment effects. Attachment & Human Development, 23(6), 876-896.

van IJzendoorn, M. H., Schuengel, C., Wang, Q., & Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J. (2022). Improving parenting, child attachment, and externalizing behaviors: Meta-analysis of the first 25 randomized controlled trials on the effects of Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline. Development and Psychopathology, 1-16.


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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November 3, 2022
11:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT
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