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An Introduction to Theraplay for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

May 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

CEs Available: 6    |     One Day Training      |     Virtual

This program is designed to teach participants about the basic fundamentals of the Theraplay model. It will be taught in American Sign Language without interpretation into spoken English. Videos and cases presented will focus on Deaf children or families in which a member of the family is Deaf. This program will also focus on Deaf children who have experienced language deprivation and have limited or emergent language skills.

Recommended reading: Greeves, A., & Melby, N. (2021). Theraplay with Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. In S. Lindaman & R. Hong (Eds.), Theraplay – Theory, Applications and Implementation (pp. 265–278). essay, Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 




Additional Information


This training will take place May 24, 2023 from 9:00am-4:00pm Central Daylight Time (CDT). Active speakers will be recorded during this Zoom Meeting. View detailed agenda


Alexis Greeves, LPCC, RPT-S is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Supervisor, and Trainer in private practice in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. She graduated with her master’s degree in counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and is fluent in American Sign Language. Alexis has a specialization in working with Deaf and hard of hearing children and parents. She is a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor and teaches Play Therapy courses at Gallaudet and at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate three play, attachment-based theories and how they support the work of Theraplay with Deaf children.
  2. Distinguish how Deaf children with various attachment styles present in play therapy sessions.
  3. Name the three characteristics of healthy attachment.
  4. Identify the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy.
  5. Describe how healthy attachment influences self regulation.
  6. Demonstrate one play-based activity from each dimension: Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge.

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.


Special Notes: Our cancellation policies have been temporarily adjusted to reflect our response to the pandemic and local government and health department directives. Please review this policy before completing your registration. We urge all participants to put their health and that of members of their communities first.

For information about our CE process, cancellation policy, and how to contact us with questions and concerns visit our FAQ page. Attendance of the entirety of a program (in-person or virtual) is required in order to receive continuing education or a letter of completion.

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

Registration Terms and Conditions


May 24
9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
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